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Dempster Highway | Yukon River Watershed

Gold Rush Tour

Ruby Range Adventure

Explore the Yukon and Alaska by land and water. This is the complete northern experience.

Overview

The Gold Rush Tour combines one of our favourite wilderness canoe trips with some of our favourite road-based adventures for a complete northern experience. You'll begin with nine days travelling by canoe down the Teslin and Yukon rivers – an ideal trip for first-time paddlers to experience two of Yukon's great, wild rivers. In the village of Carmacks, we'll trade our canoes for a van and head up the highway for another ten days packed with highlights, including hiking in high subarctic mountains, whitewater rafting on a world-class river, panning for gold, and living it up in the preserved gold rush towns of Dawson City and Skagway.

Our route takes a loop through an incredible variety of northern landscapes, from rolling tundra to calving glaciers to coastal Alaskan rainforest. We will be camping most of the time, either along wild stretches of river or scenic organized campsites near the highway.

This is the ultimate northern road trip. Come and join us!

Highlights

  • Wilderness camping
  • Expedition-style canoeing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Scenic highways and back roads
  • Expert guides and instruction
  • Fishing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Day hikes in Kluane National Park and Tombstone Territorial Park
  • Includes hotel accommodation in Whitehorse
  • Food, canoe, and camping equipment provided

Details

Duration
22 Days
Level
Moderate
Dates
June–September
Price
$3,480 per person

Operator testimonials

ONE OF THE BEST WEEKS I’VE EVER HAD

Jen

I did the seven-day dogsledding trip with Sky High. It was absolutely amazing. The location just out of Whitehorse is very convenient, the staff are fantastic and the experience is something most of us only dream of. Our guides on the sled trails varied throughout the week which was actually a great thing. While they are all incredible everyone has a different teaching style and you find that you pick up tiny little things from each instructor during your stay. The lodge is really nice and the best part is that you are completely Off The Grid. NO Wi-Fi, no power, it's great. Jocelyn will take cameras and camera phones on a nightly basis to charge if required but unless you are using your phone as your only camera, you may never need to get anything charged. The outhouse is very cool (literally in -30 I imagine) but it is away from the lodge. About 20–30 metres I would say, so plan your evening drinks accordingly. I got up the first night to use the outhouse and the stars were so stunning that every night if I woke up I would get up and head out to the balcony for five minutes of star gazing. What a view. You learn everything you need to about your dogs. How to put them on, take them off, untangle them mid mush, feed them and of course poopa scoop. Its very comprehensive and leaves you feeling that you could actually learn this as a skill if you wanted to stay a fair bit longer. We kind of got thrown in the deep end a bit as they unfortunately had a drastic change in weather and the snow was disappearing fast, but even then you knew you were in good hands. Everything was very safe and there have been very few things that I've done that were that much fun. The staff, the guides, the lodge and the experience were all first rate. Dogsledding isn't for you if you are a bit princess-like though. You need to stay focused, listen, do what you are told (immediately), not care that you are going out to the loo in your long johns (trust me you just do it), love being without Facebook or Instagram for a week, and you need to enjoy good wholesome food. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sky High to anyone and everyone who would like to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

FLEXIBLE AND ACCOMMODATING

Hailey

I went to Sky High Wilderness Ranch for their four-day Hike with Huskies. When my trip date was approaching I was informed that I was the only one who had booked the four-day hike that week. At first, I was a bit worried but I really shouldn't have been! Owner Trudi reached out to me with a fabulous new itinerary which included a day trip to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Hot Springs. My itinerary was adjusted to include two hikes, several horseback rides and the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Hot Springs day trip. A four-day hike would have been great; however, I honestly wouldn't have wanted my trip to go any other way. I would definitely recommend Sky High Wilderness Ranch for a short ride or a week-long trip. The owners and staff are incredible people with awesome stories and the surrounding views are spectacual. The accommodations are perfect with a cozy, rustic feel.

WELL WORTH THE MONEY

Ruth S.

This tour was perfect! I can’t imagine a better way to visit "the last frontier." Our driver–guide was a joy to be with and full of interesting and funny stories. The itinerary and the included excursions were very well done; the majority of the optional excursions that I participated in were well worth the additional money spent, especially the Kenai Fjords tour.

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