The flight from Vancouver, B.C became a sightseeing trip with views of Vancouver, the glacier clad Rocky Mountains, and then green hills before landing in Whitehorse, the capital and largest city of Yukon and the largest city in northern Canada with a population of only about 25,000 people.
We walked around Whitehorse next to the Yukon River visiting the Old Log Church, Log Skyscraper, and the S S Klondike II Paddle Wheeler.
From Whitehorse we did a day tour on the White Pass and Yukon Train to Skagway Alaska. The tour leaves Whitehorse by bus, stopping at Carcross for a brief visit. The bus continues to Fraser, BC where we board the WPYR train, cross the border into Alaska, and descend past the old cantilever steel bridge to Skagway. We did a walking tour of Skagway, visiting the Centennial Statue By Chuck Buchanan With A Tlingit Leading A Stampeder, The Arctic Brotherhood Hall, Red Onion Saloon, The Moore Cabin, McCabe College, The First Presbyterian Church, and the Plantation Style White House.
We then walked around Dawson City visiting the Dawson City Museum and Jack London's Cabin, and a vaudeville show at Diamond Gertie's. Interesting buildings include the Court House (1901), Commissioner's Residence (1901), St Paul's Anglican Church (1902), Yukon Hotel (1898), St Andrews Presbyterian Church (1901), The Dawson Daily News, The Palace Grand Theatre (1899), The Bank Of British North America (1898). The SS Keno Is A Preserved Historic Sternwheel Paddle Steamer.
We did a day tour from Dawson City to Tombstone Park, driving on the Dempster Highway with mountains views, visiting the interpretative Centre, and a pleasant hike on the Goldensides trail, ending at Two Moose Lake.
We flew to Inuvik, Northwest Territories with a brief stop in Old Crow and views of lakes, mountains, and the Mackenzie Delta. We walked around Inuvik seeing Our Lady Of Victory Igloo Church, local sculpture, the Western Arctic Regional Visitor Centre, Thermosyphon Foundation At Regional Hospital which Cools Permafrost, Town Dock On The MacKenzie River East Channel, the above ground Utilidors for carrying water and sewage, the Midnight Sun mosque, the Geodesic Dome which Was Part Of The DEW Radar Stations, new school, the community greenhouse, the midnight sun complex, the Arctic Chalet with its white husky dog kennel.
We did a day tour from Inuvik to the Arctic Circle. We drive south from Inuvik on the Dempster Highway, making two ferry crossings - MacKenzie River At Tsiigehtchic. and Peel River just after Fort McPherson. We stop briefly at Tetlit Gwinjik Territorial View Point before reaching the Richardson Mountains. We cross the border to Yukon and continue to the Arctic Circle.
We did a day tour from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean. We fly from Inuvik to Tuk where we met guide Eileen Jacobson who drove us through Tuk to her house. Her husband Billy showed us animal heads and furs, and then Eileen served us a sampling of local food: Dried Fish, Beluga Jerky, Muskox Meat, Muktuk, Caribou Soup and Arctic Donuts. We then waded into the Arctic Ocean before visiting a traditional sod house, ice house, and passing by some old churches. James Pokiak then Led Us On A Beluga Whale Watching Boat Tour. A perfect day.