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Learning willow weaving with a Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in artist in Dawson
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Travelling the iconic Dempster Highway through the Tombstone Mountains
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Hearing stories of the Klondike Gold Rush in Whitehorse
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Watching for the Northern Lights from the Southern Lakes
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Spotting wildlife in Kluane National Park

Immersive Yukon

Sep 07-17, 2025

11 days | Canada | Alumni Expeditions

This tour is presented by the alumni associations of the University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, and the University of Guelph. All are welcome!
 
There’s a land—oh, it beckons and beckons / And I want to go back—and I will.” – Robert Service, The Spell of the Yukon

The allure of the Yukon has been captured in many art forms, from poetry to landscape paintings to stories told around a fire or while floating down a river. Many first-time travellers remark with pleasant surprise at how expansive the forests are in this remote territory “North of 60” where most of the sweeping landscapes are sheltered from the cooling influence of Hudson Bay and the Arctic Ocean. Seemingly endless tracts of boreal forest are interspersed with alpine meadows, sub-Arctic tundra, and riverside willow thickets, allowing some of Canada’s most iconic mammals and birds to endure and even thrive. As we explore these wilderness areas in search of bears, Moose, Caribou, and eagles, we meet various local guides, storytellers, and artisans to hear their first-hand accounts of what life is like here today and how some of their ancestors have lived for thousands of years. With eight First Nations language groups in the Yukon, there are many stories to tell.

We begin in Dawson to immerse ourselves in this incomparable community where Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in traditions and reminders of the Klondike Gold Rush are deeply embedded in the community fabric. A day trip northward takes us along a stretch of the fabled Dempster Highway into the Tombstone Mountains. Farther south in Whitehorse, we walk a stretch of the Millennium Trail and hike along the Miles Canyon before heading even more southward to Carcross and the Southern Lakes where we traverse sand dunes and meet members of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. During our two days in Kluane National Park, choose from a variety of activities by day, while saving enough energy to watch for Northern Lights at night.

We cap off our immersive exploration back in Whitehorse on the banks of the Yukon River — a place where many a northern adventure has written its opening chapter.
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Tour Cost (per person):
C$7795 + 5% GST
includes gratuities 
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfer on tour start and end dates; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels/inns listed or similar; ground transportation; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees; meals as specified in the detailed itinerary; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; local guides; fully escorted by our Tour Host and an assistant guide.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive to Dawson City
2Gold rush and First Nations of Dawson
3Tombstone Territorial Park
4Travel to Whitehorse
5Explore Whitehorse and Miles Canyon
6Whitehorse to Southern Lakes
7Carcross and Southern Lakes
8-9Kluane National Park
10Return to Whitehorse
11Depart Whitehorse
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Your Tour Leader

Pam McGarel has dedicated her career to harnessing the power of travel to support the wellbeing of our planet and its people. A graduate of the University of Guelph, she has previously worked in sustainable tourism consulting where she helped develop a globally recognized certification program for tourism businesses and destinations.

Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations University of Guelph Alumni Tours University of Alberta Alumni Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
C$7795 + 5% GST
includes gratuities 
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfer on tour start and end dates; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels/inns listed or similar; ground transportation; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees; meals as specified in the detailed itinerary; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; local guides; fully escorted by our Tour Host and an assistant guide.

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