Fall under "The Spell of the Yukon" with the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, while following the trail of the Sourdoughs between Skagway, Alaska, and Yukon Territory, Canada. Welcome to the Yukon Rail & Bus Excursion in Skagway!
Departing from Skagway, your train will make the approximate 1 hour and 45 minute climb, following the Skagway River up to the White Pass Summit. After arriving at Fraser, British Columbia, you will be transferred to a comfortable tour vehicle where you will begin your amazing bus journey on the famous Klondike Highway. During this Skagway tour, you will make several stops at various points of interest for those memorable photo opportunities. Some of these stops include the "Welcome to the Yukon" sign, Bove Island lookout, Carcross, the world's smallest desert, and Emerald Lake, the Yukon's most widely photographed lake.
A 1 hour 15 minute layover at Caribou Crossing Trading Post offers passengers a piping hot barbecue chicken meal. At this lunch facility you will also be able to enjoy FREE admission the the Husky Puppy Camp and the Yukon Wildlife Museum.
At the foot of Lake Bennett is Carcross, historically known as "Caribou Crossing."The Carcross Station, situated on the edge of the lake, was built in 1910 and is a designated Heritage Railway Station.
During the return to Skagway, you will be entertained by professional guides with their amusing stories of local lore and captivating tales of the Gold Rush Era. On the excursion, there will be stops along the way and opportunities for photo enthusiasts to view and capture the unparalleled beauty of cascading waterfalls, roaring rivers, majestic mountains, glaciers, historic sites and panoramic vistas.
Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this Scenic Railway of the World was designated as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (along with the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty). The three-foot wide Narrow Gauge Railroad climbs almost 3,000 feet in the first 20 miles with an average grade of 2.6%, and up to 3.9% in some locations. It also passes through two tunnels and travels over sky-high trestles and bridges.
Comfortable restored and replica passenger coaches are pulled by vintage diesel locomotives. Each heated passenger coach has large viewing windows and a restroom. The train and connecting tour vehicles are not wheelchair accessible. Smoking is prohibited on the train and tour vehicles.
Please note: All participants are required to have a valid passport or an "enhanced" driver's license in their possession. This Skagway tour sometimes operates in reverse order with a bus first departure.
Reviewer: Darlene Hartford
An amazing day. Well informed and entertaining bus guide who stopped at every wildlife sighting and was patient with all us photographers. The rail portion was unique and I enjoyed the scenic historic route. All in all a wonderful trip and I will recommend it to others.
Reviewer: Alixe Knight
The train ride to the Yukon is breathtaking and enjoyable. Lunch was good and the sled dogs are amazing to watch. On the bus tour back to Skagway we saw a lynx and a moose. A fun trip.
A great adventure! The train was really neat and the scenery was absolutely breathe. Our driver James was a character and he stopped ever time someone spotted wildlife along the road. Highly recommend this adventure!
Reviewer: Kenite Bonila
If your a nature lover this is a must see excursion. The train ride takes one through untouched mountains where you see so much forest, a caravan with a rapid river running through it and plenty of snow capped mountains. At the end of the train ride one finds themselves in Canada where one switches onto a bus with less than 30 people. This bus ride take one on the other side of the caravan allowing one the opportunity to see wild life such as bears, mountain goats and more. The bus also stopped several times to look at scenic lakes, mountains, etc., which allowed one to take pictures of these breath taking sights.
Reviewer: Patricia Kimmel
Fun ride with history and great whale watching with a young one acting up