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Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway begins at Dawson Creek, B.C. The Alaska Highway enters the Yukon near Watson Lake. Watson Lake is Canada's "Gateway to the Yukon," where you can visit the Northern Light Space and Science Centre. Continue the Alaska Highway through Teslin, a picturesque lakeside community, Whitehorse, Haines Junction, Destruction Bay, Burwash Landing, Beaver Creek and on to Alaska. The highway is fully paved with gas, food and lodging along the way.

Take the Stewart Cassiar Highway from Prince George, B.C., then head west through Smithers to the turn off at Kitwanga. An all weather road, but it is more remote with fewer services than the Alaska Highway. The Stewart Cassiar joins the Alaska Highway just west of Watson Lake. See Map

The Southern Lakes Region is a playground of waterways and trails. Many visitors arrive here by rail from Skagway, Alaska. Others hike the Chilkoot Trail.

Whitehorse, the capitol of the Yukon and the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Whitehorse has it all. A major city with a small town personality, it's the perfect jumping off point for adventures of all descriptions.

Kluane LakeWest from Whitehorse towards Alaska is Kluane Lake, once a meeting place for crews constructing the Alaska Highway. Behold the spectacular vistas of the rugged mountains of Kluane National Park, home to 19,625-foot Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak.

The Campbell Region features vast tracts of wilderness ideal for backcountry adventures. Towns along the highways feature wildlife viewing areas and plenty of campgrounds. If you're looking for remote adventure, head to Campbell for fishing, camping and weekend getaways, solitude and abundant wildlife.

Faro
The community of Faro was carved out of the Anvil Mountain range and was a hard-rock mining town. History greets visitors at the entrance to the community with a mine ore truck of gigantic proportions. Visitors also come to enjoy the abundant wildlife and scenic vistas of the region.

Kluane LakeThe Silver Trail Region is a hidden Yukon treasure of scenic vistas, peppered with mining history and First Nation cultures. Head northwest through the town of Carmacks, once an important supply station for gold seekers on their way to the Klondike. A stop at the fiery Five Finger Rapids, a major obstacle to the hordes of fortune seekers that passed this way. Located near the aboriginal home of Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation, the community's rich aboriginal history stretches back more than 10,000 years and can be viewed in the Tage Cho Hudan Interpretive Centre.

Hiking in the YukonThe Silver Trail highway leaves the Klondike highway at Stewart Crossing. This side trip slows the pace of a hectic trip with sensational scenery and the availability of many small-scale hiking, fishing, berry picking and camping opportunities. Your journey through the Yukon's best kept secret starts after turning onto Highway 11 at the Stewart Crossing Bridge. On the paved two-lane highway to Mayo, you will catch glimpses of the Stewart River and several pullouts allow for spectacular views of glaciated terrain.

Mayo

Mayo, Yukon is located in the central part of the Yukon Territory. The Village of Mayo offers all the services a traveller needs, including two motels, eating facilities, post office, liquor store, propane and gas, grocery store, swimming pool, nursing station, RCMP, airport, and float plane services.

Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike, is a colourful town with boardwalk-lined streets, historic buildings and more than its share of romance, fame and broken dreams. Dawson City, the main center of excitement after the first gold strike in the Klondike in 1896, which led to the world’s largest gold rush.

Canoeing in the Yukon.   Photo courtesy Yukon AdventuresTake a full day to soak up the exciting history of this gold rush town. Highlights include Bonanza Creek, site of Claim #1, where the first gold strike was made; Robert Service’s cabin; and a photo stop at the SS Keno, the last sternwheeler to run between Dawson and Whitehorse. Attend the Gaslight Follies, a variety show and melodrama typical of the entertainment enjoyed by the turn-of-the-century miners.

The traditional Gwitchin community of Old Crow on Porcupine River is only accessible by air or water.

Yukon Roads: The major road in the region is the Alaska Highway, running from Alaska to British Columbia through Whitehorse. The Dempster Highway connects Dawson City with Inuvik in the north. The Klondike Highway connects Skagway, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon.

Yukon Bus or Coach: Scheduled bus services are available between most Yukon communities. Greyhound Canada operates services six times a week from Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia to Whitehorse during the summer.

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