Carcross Tours

Carcross
Carcross has quite the history. This small Tlingit and Tagish First Nations community became a boomtown during the Klondike gold rush, acting as a stopover and supply center for prospectors 
hoping to strike gold in the Yukon. As the gold rush waned, the White Pass Railway connected the small town to Skagway, Alaska, instantly making it a major transportation hub. 

In more recent years, Carcross has reinvented itself as a tourism destination, celebrating stunning wilderness, aboriginal culture and its gold rush past. Situated on Nares and Bennett Lakes, the area is naturally stunning. Caribou still roam the nearby hills, and the Bennett Train Journey on the White Pass Railway, now considered the “Scenic Railway of the World” is back up and running. The Caribou Hotel is now a Yukon Historic Site and the Matthew Watson General Store, located along the town’s main street, is the oldest operating store in the Yukon. Nearby Montana Mountain was recently named a global mountain bike destination, and the same area is renowned for its 4x4 off-road tours. 
 
One of the more surprising attractions is the Carcross Desert. It’s the world’s smallest, measuring only 640 acres, but locals use its steep dunes for sand boarding. There are also several companies 
that run off-road ATV tours in the area and a small network of hiking trails that explore this Yukon anomaly.

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Carcross is on the Klondike Highway, 46 miles (74 km) south of Whitehorse and 68 miles (110 km) north of Skagway, Alaska.
Address: Carcross, Yukon, Canada
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Skagway Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of the Yukon

While in Skagway port, spend the day discovering the treasures of the Yukon, Canada's westernmost territory. This comprehensive tour travels along the Klondike Highway by Mini-bus, with mountain scenery that will impress you. Many photo stops are made and wildlife sightings are a good possibility. Once in Carcross area, visit the Caribou Crossing Trading Post, with its museum and a dogsled camp, where huskies train for the Yukon Quest dogsled race. You can upgrade and experience a dogsled ride led by a musher along a woodsy trail. You will enjoy soaking up the wild beauty of southeast Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory on this Skagway shore excursion.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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5-Day Golden Aurora Circle: Yukon and Alaska Summits

Discover coastal rainforest and immense ice-fields on this 5-day Golden Aurora Circle tour from Whitehorse. Learn of Canada’s gold rush history in Carcross. Visit the towns of Skagway and Dye, and keep an eye out for bears, eagles, seals and whales on your ferry trip across the mighty Lynn Fjord to Haines. Travel along the banks of the Chilkat River and experience native culture and lifestyle at the historic Klukshu Village. Visit the UNESCO–listed Kluane National Park and watch the skies by night for the spectacular Aurora Borealis illuminations.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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