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A Gorgeous Swath Of Colour On Hike Back From Divide And Grizzly Lakes

Backpacking in the Tombstone Mountains, Yukon

I left you in a snow covered tent beside Divide Lake, deep in the Tombstone Mountains of the Yukon Territory. Today, I'm going to get you back to the trailhead and comparative civilization.  It won't be an easy day - and it's not always safe. In fact with steep snow and ice covered slopes, I wasn't sure it was even a great idea. This is the story of our third day of backpacking from Divide…

A Very Pretty Place For A Campsite At Divide Lake

The Hike to Divide Lake in the Tombstone Mountains

The hike from Grizzly Lake to Divide Lake in the Tombstone Mountains is gorgeous but a little steep on the descent, and a bit slippery in places under wet conditions. On our second day of a three day backpacking trip, John and I had a plan to hike up and over Glissade Pass, pitch a tent at Divide Lake and then continue to Talus Lake, eat dinner and return to our tent. The total planned…

The View From The Midnight Dome above Dawson City

Visit Dawson City – Canada’s Klondike City in the Yukon

Dawson City, Canada's Klondike City, is a small town with a big presence in the Yukon. It sits in the heart of the Klondike region - made famous by the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800's. Tens of thousands of prospectors congregated here - hoping to make their fortune. Few did. Today the Klondike City is home to about 1,300 people yet it hosts 60,000 visitors a year. The reason - the town is…

The Start Of The Goldensides Hike In Tombstone Territorial Park

The Goldensides Hike in Tombstone Territorial Park

One of the great and super accessible hikes to do in Tombstone Territorial Park is the Goldensides hike. It wasn't even on our radar until a ranger showed up while we were putting up our tent in the campground. He was trying to drum up support for a ranger led hike starting at 7 PM. The Goldensides hike sure beat sitting around our picnic table so we decided to go. (As a side note, during the…

Canoeing The Yukon River

Canoeing the Yukon River to Whitehorse Over a Day

Canoeing the Yukon River is often done as a multi-day or even multi-week paddling trip. As the third longest river in North America, the Yukon River is a favourite of recreational paddlers. Many people set off canoeing the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City - though that's only a fraction of its 3,185 km length. You can also go canoeing on the Yukon River via a 30 kilometre section from Marsh Lake south of…

Grizzly Lake In The Distance

A Hike to Grizzly Lake in the Tombstone Mountains

If you're looking for world-class mountain scenery in an area that doesn't get a lot of attention, then do the hike to Grizzly Lake in the Tombstone Mountain Range, Yukon Territory. Starting at KM 58.5 on the Dempster Highway, the three to five day hiking trip takes you first to Grizzly Lake, and then to Divide and Talus Lakes. It's a wild, desolate, truly memorable landscape. This blog only takes you on a hike to…

Watch For Moose As You Hike Past The Pond And Through The Meadows

Hiking the Auriol Trail in Kluane National Park

Hiking the Auriol Trail in Yukon's Kluane National Park is a must if you're in the area. There aren't many accessible hikes in the park that offer what this one does - superb sub-alpine and alpine scenery within 8 kilometres of the start of the trail. Better yet, the hike on the Auriol Trail is an easy one. With the trailhead located only 10 minutes south of Haines Junction, it's a hike you can knock…

Wide, Open Roads With Not Another Vehicle In Sight

Driving the Dempster Highway to the Tombstones, YK

The Dempster Highway is a 740 kilometre all weather dirt road that connects the Klondike Highway (the highway that connects Skagway, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon Territory) to Inuvik, located in the Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie River delta. The highway takes you across the Arctic Circle. As of November 15, 2017 you could add another 147 kilometres and drive the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway. I had the pleasure of driving the Dempster Highway when John…

12 of the Best Things to do in the Yukon

The Yukon is one of my favourite places to visit in Canada - with its grand landscapes, abundant wildlife and plenty of outdoor adventures possible, no matter what the season. These in my opinion are 12 of the best things to do in the Yukon - most personally tested over four visits. I love this part of Canada - and I think you'll find it a compelling part of the world to explore!! This post…

Rafting the Tatshenshini River from the Yukon to Alaska

If you want to raft one of the world's most scenic rivers you'd have to include the Tatshenshini River. The Tatshenshini River (the Tat) originates near the Haines Highway in the northwest corner of British Columbia. It flows north to the Yukon and then west and south, returning to British Columbia. Then it meets up with the Alsek River in the Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Wilderness Park. From there it flows into the Pacific Ocean in Glacier…

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