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Self-drive tour along the Campbell Highway in the Yukon


Explore at your own pace on this scenic self-drive tour on the Campbell Highway through the beautiful Yukon Territory.  Explore some of the most beautiful road-accessible locations in Canada on this drive tour. Your itinerary includes some time in the capital city of Whitehorse before you start your journey up the Klondike Highway to the town of Carmacks. Here the highway intersects with the Campbell Highway and you head east and south to the town of Faro, where you spend a couple of nights exploring this former mining town. Then it is off to beautiful Frances Lake where you will spend 3 night enjoying various outdoor pursuits from a wilderness lodge. Your journey then takes you down to the town of Watson Lake where you meet up with the Alaska Highway and head back to Whitehorse.

The Campbell Highway is an exceptional wilderness highway experience.  The Campbell Highway was built in 1968 along the original fur trade route from southern Canada to central Yukon. It's named after legendary fur trader Robert Campbell who explored this route in the1840s on behalf of the Hudson's Bay Company. This self-drive route follows Campbell's tracks from Carmacks to Watson Lake by crossing the Yukon Plateau. It leads through extensive forests, along the Yukon, Pelly and Frances Rivers and passes the Little Salmon, Finlayson, Frances and Simpson Lakes.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Bus & Van Tours
SEASON

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Easy
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
GUIDE INFORMATION

Guided day trips at the lodge are included. This may include hiking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Car and insurance (rental car can be added to the package if needed), cost of fuel. Meals in Whitehorse and during the self drive are not included.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips begin and end in Whitehorse, Yukon.  Meet and greet in Whitehorse included.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures in the Yukon will range from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Detailed road book. Use of fishing boats, canoes and kayaks and equipment at the lodge on Frances Lake.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

You will require good shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, warm jacket, hat, gloves, warm underclothes.

 

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, fishing license, fishing gear.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The package includes 2 nights at a hotel in Whitehorse, 2 nights at a bed & breakfast and 3 nights at a lodge on Frances Lake.

The lodge consists of the main log cabin and five lovingly-crafted log guest cabins.  Guest cabins strike the perfect balance between rustic pleasures and modern comforts: wood stoves and kerosene lamps provide heat and light the old-fashioned way, yet each cabin is equipped with portable flush toilets and comfortable beds with fresh linen and warm quilts. All guest cabins afford beautiful lake views and are within easy walking distance of the main lodge.  Guests are welcome anytime to peruse the many northern books in the library or simply relax in the bright, cozy living room.  Guests also have access to hot showers and a four-person sauna located in a separate log building. 

 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals at the lodge and breakfast in Faro are included.

8 day tour, available June 10, 2018 - September 20, 2018
$1450.00 / per person - CAD
Based on double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 10% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposit non-refundable. Cancellation Fees: up to 60 days prior to start of arrangement 10% (min. $100); 59 to 30 days prior to start of arrangement 25% ; 29 to 8 days prior to start of arrangement 75% 7 to 0 days prior to start of arrangement 100%

8 day tour, available June 10, 2018 - September 20, 2018

Day 1

You arrive in Whitehorse and pick up your rental car. Spend the remainder of the day as you like: go for a relaxing stroll through the charming city or take the chance to go shopping. The night you spend in a good downtown hotel.

 

Day 2

Today you leave Whitehorse and head up the North Klondike Highway to Carmacks. Along this route you skirt along beautiful Fox Lake. You may want to stop at Braeburn Lodge, home to the world's biggest cinnamon buns! Shortly after Carmacks you reach the junction with the Campbell Highway. However, before leaving the Klondike Highway we recommend a visit of the Yukon River's famous Five Finger Rapids located just a few kilometres north from here. Once on the Campbell Highway, the well-maintained gravel road follows for a while the course of the Yukon River and later skirts along the lovely Little Salmon Lake. Enjoy the great scenery until you arrive at today’s final destination: Faro. You stay the night in a charming Bed & Breakfast.

Day 3

Faro is a former mining town. In its heydays it was home to about 2500 people. The lead-silver-zinc mine closed down in the late 1990s. Today only 400 remain but they enjoy and care for the village’s idyllic setting. You have the entire day to explore this special place and also to visit the interesting Information Center.

Day 4

You continue your wilderness drive along the Campbell Highway towards Frances Lake. Some of the highlights are crossing Lapie Canyon and the Continental Divide near Finlayson Lake. Take the short side turn to visit the Indian village of Ross River and marvel at the little orange ferry as well as the wabbly swing bridge across the mighty Pelly River. At Hoole Creek it’s worthwhile to turn off the highway to its confluence with the Pelly River. Later in the day you arrive at Frances Lake, where you will be picked up for the half hour boat ride to the lodge on Frances Lake.

Day 5

Day 5-6: The days at Frances Lake offer a wide variety of adventures! You may enjoy them at your own leisure or join any or all of the offered activities at no extra charge. You might want to take our guided boat excursion to the abandoned trading post of the famous Hudson’s Bay Company or you may try your luck at landing a lake trout or northern pike. Canoes and kayaks offer you ample opportunities to explore the area after we’ve shown you the basics of paddling. Bald eagles, loons, beavers and moose are often seen here. A hidden waterfall or a vast river delta teeming with birdlife can also be visited during your stay. Or you may simply want to relax and enjoy your private cozy log cabin, admire the stunning views and let you spoil by our chef.

Day 7

Your journey continues along the last stretch of the Campbell Highway to the town of Watson Lake. Here you can visit the famous Sign Post Forest and the Northern Lights Center. Worth seeing is also the exhibition about the construction of the Alaska Highway at the Visitor Center. Then you pull onto the Alaska Highway yourself heading towards Teslin. You want to stop and see the Rancheria Falls as well as the nice sandy beach at Morley Lake. The Wildlife Museum and the George Johnston Museum, both in Teslin, are worth visiting as well. In the evening you reach Whitehorse where you stay in a downtown hotel.

Day 8

In the morning you drop off the rental car, leave Whitehorse by plane or continue your Yukon adventures by yourself.