The solitude, the scenery, the sights – take in our wide open spaces and enjoy the Yukon’s stress-free, relaxed atmosphere. Unmatched beauty lies in the snow-kissed mountains, glacial lakes, fjords, rivers, valleys, and lush forests of Alaska.
We will share the epic stories of the Klondike Gold Rush and the construction of this narrow gauge railroad with you while you enjoy the scenery.
Tens of thousands of men and 450 tons of explosives overcame harsh climate and challenging geography to create the “railway built of gold”.
With the coming of the highways and trucking transportation in the 1940's and 1950's, sled dogs lost their prominence in this area.
The introduction of the snow machine (or snowmobile) in the 1950's and 1960's sounded the end of sled dogs dominating the Recreational ‘mushing' and the advent of sled dog racing became the primary focus of many mushers who wished to maintain their ties to these incredible animals and to a way of life that was disappearing from the Far North.
Flying to the Yukon is as easy as any other major travel destination. Alaska has spectacular sights along its highways, including endless mountains, colourful glaciers and fresh or salt waterways.
Once in the Yukon you can camp under the midnight sun. Explore at your own pace, spend time doing the things you want to do and don’t worry about time restrictions, you make your own schedule.
Local Attractions The City of Whitehorse is located just 15 kilometres east of Melbourne and covers an area of 64 square kilometres.
The municipality is bounded by the City of Manningham to the north, the Cities of Maroondah and Knox to the east, the City of Monash to the south and the City of Boroondara to the west.
Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.
The WP&YR railway was considered an impossible task but it was literally blasted through coastal mountains in only 26 months.
It is well known that many northern Native cultures had dogs as prominent aspects of daily life, and there is archaeological evidence of dogs and harnesses in the same locations dating back prior to European contact with North America.