Carcross Rail and Bus Adventure
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 Carcross, Yukon. Welcome to the Carcross Rail and Bus Adventure!
Departing from Skagway, you will make the approximate 1 hour and 45 minute climb, following the Skagway River up to the White Pass Summit. Passing into the Yukon, you will continue for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the restored 1903 station at Lake Bennett. Passports are required.
Bennett has always been an important stop for the WP&YR. Trains traveling north and south meet here, exchange crews and enjoy a fine lunch. The Bennett Eating House is famous for its food and was an important stop in the railroad's operations and tourism program.
A 1 hour and 45 minute layover at Bennett offers passengers a piping hot meal and a self-guided walking tour of the historic gold rush town-site. At the end of the layover, passengers will re-board their train and continue on to Carcross, approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes away.
For 27 miles, the railroad follows the east shore of this beautiful mountain-girt lake. On the opposite side, the mountains rise steeply from the water's edge to a height of over 5,000 feet. This fully narrated 67.5 mile one-way train excursion offers complimentary bottled water and All Aboard Magazine.
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.
Once at Carcross, passengers are transferred to a comfortable tour vehicle for a scenic two-hour drive back to Skagway. The first stop will be a visit to Emerald Lake, the most photographed lake in the Yukon Territory.
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. 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.
PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED
Please note: On Monday, Tuesday and Friday, the tour operates in reverse order. Guests will travel by bus to Carcross and return by train.
All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Guests must be able to pull themselves up onto / down from the train and motorcoach. Transportation is not wheelchair accessible).
We were very impressed with the scenery and the meal at Bennett BC.
Reviewer: Gma Diane
It was a different experience going to Carcross and returning with lots of historical information each way.
Reviewer: Bob the man
great story about gold rush. I think our bus driver's name was Kevin? Tell him Quenton Bundrage scored 3 touchdowns versus Iowa.
Reviewer: ChiTown Tom
The train trip through the mountains from Skagway to Carcross was outstanding. The scenery was beautiful and our guide was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the meal, beef stew, sourdough bread and apple pie which was served family style at Lake Bennett. The driver for our bus trip back to Skagway was very informative and stopped along the way at scenic spots to allow us the opportunity to take pictures. This trip was well worth the time and money.
Amazing! It's everything rolled up in one adventurous day. Great fun.