Departing from Skagway's glacially carved coastline, you will ride over the coastal mountain range through the White Pass Summit Area known as the Tormented Valley. And here begins the adventure of a lifetime: the Yukon Dog Musher Adventure Tour.
Making your way across the northwest corner of British Columbia and into the southwest corner of the Yukon, you will savor majestic mountain vistas, pristine lakes, and crisp, clean air. A photo stop will be made at Emerald Lake before traveling on to Caribou Crossing Trading Post and Museum. During this time, you can relax and enjoy a tasty Yukon-style lunch, visit one of the most spectacular wildlife museums in North America, and visit a dog musher's camp. The museum's exhibits range from Ice Age specimens to animals more recently introduced into the Yukon. Also included are exotic animals from both the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Alaska and the Yukon, as well as from around the world.
The highlight of your day may be your visit to the mushing camp at Caribou Crossing, where mushers train their dogs for the world's toughest dogsled race, the "Yukon Quest." Your time in the camp includes a 20-minute presentation on the art of mushing, including how they train in the summer without snow, followed by a five to six-minute ride with an experienced dogsled musher over cut trails in a dog cart pulled by racing huskies. There will also be time to play with the puppies, so do not forget your camera. All too soon it is time to begin the approximate two-hour drive back to Skagway.
Please Note: This Skagway cruise tour will be crossing the Canadian border and then back across the U.S. border. All U.S. citizens traveling between the U.S. and Canada are required to present an original copy of their birth certificate or passport, and a valid government issued driver's license or ID card. People of all other nationalities are required to have a photo I.D., a passport, and visa (if required). Please check for updated customs requirements prior to traveling.
All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Restroom stops will be made on the drive to and from Caribou Crossing; facilities are very basic.
Reviewer: David and Brenda Dobbins
Check in was easy and the drive to Carcross was lovely. My husband and I had rented a car and driven the same route several years earlier and saw only a fraction of the things our guide, Bryan Terrell, pointed out. The major event for us was the dog sled ride. We were actually at a summer training camp for the dogs and mushers. As the trainer said, ""We don't care what they look like. We care about how fast they run, how much endurance they have and how well they team up."" As we were the only mushers in the group, we saw but did not hold the puppies. That was our choice due to a time constraint. Leaving when we did turned out to be a good thing as Bryan spotted a black bear on the side of the road on the return trip. We watched the bear from the van for several minutes. I want to return and do the same excursion again someday. My advice if you mush is to be prepared to hold on tight from beginning to end.
Reviewer: Rich Wagner
The best excursion we had on our trip. The driver, Brian, was excellent! We had a two hour scenic ride to the dog camp with many stops for scenic pictures. The dog camp was fun. Overall, a very educational excursion thanks to the tour guide. The guide makes the difference.
Had just as much fun on the drive to this camp as we did in the camp itself.
Reviewer: Linda Bontrager
Loved the dogs and especially the puppies. The drive from Skagway to Carcross was fantastic and very scenic.
Reviewer: Vivian Willmets
Great trip from skgway to Yukon. Brian our guide was informative, funny and helpful. He stopped for us to take pictures and took pictures of us. Lunch was tasty. The sled ride was fun and experience was once in life time. Well worth the trip plus puppies to cuddle. A ten plus.