Take a break from the ordinary on this regenerative focused winter getaway to Whitehorse and Dawson City. Spend three nights in the one-of-a-kind Black Spruce eco cabins and have the freedom to roam Whitehorse with your own transportation. Visit the newly renovated Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs, see Yukon’s unique wildlife and check out local viewing spots in search of the Northern Lights.
Then head North to Dawson City, famous for its central role during the Klondike Gold Rush. You’ll get to experience the quirky culture of this cool northern city during a time when few tourists are around. Meet the locals for a drink at the bar, try your hand at snowmobiling or join a guided tour to see the magnificent Tombstone Territorial Park.
Day 1-3: Explore Whitehorse
Modelled after the famous Juvet Landscape Hotel in Norway, the Black Spruce cabins are a unique environmentally focused accommodation in the outskirts of Whitehorse. Located just a few minutes from the airport and the city centre, the cabins offer a different style of lodging from local hotels. Here you can stay in a fully contained passive solar cabin made from rough cut local Yukon spruce while being within a short drive of all the best restaurants, bars and attractions in Whitehorse.
With three nights in the Black Spruce cabins, you’ll have plenty of time to take in and appreciate all the cool features, such as the Shou Sugi-Ban siding (a Japanese technique of treating wood by burning), the cedar sauna that was cleverly built around existing boulders and is heated by a Finnish wood stove, and the rocky cliffs and forest of the adjacent park.
Spend your days relaxing in the cozy cabin, visiting eclectic Whitehorse and exploring the vast northern landscape. Your stay includes a visit to the recently renovated Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs (adults only) where you can relax and rejuvenate in the ancient restorative mineral springs and enjoy the onsite amenities that feature both Scandinavian and Japanese Onsen healing practices.
Take a trip to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, located approximately 30 min from Whitehorse, to see northern wildlife such as elk, Canada lynx, thinhorn sheep, wood buffalo and muskox.
In the evenings, head out to try some of Whitehorse’s best restaurants for dinner (we highly recommend the Wayfarer) and then drive out of town a bit to catch the Aurora Borealis on clear nights. You can join an optional Aurora viewing tour or visit some of the locals favourite Northern Lights viewing spots on your own.
This northern getaway is perfect for those looking to travel independently and enjoy staying in one-of-a-kind accommodations. The proximity to the city and all of its amenities is a huge bonus especially during the winter months. The Black Spruce cabins are about 45 minutes from Carcross, which makes for an easy and scenic day trip.
Day 4-6: Explore Dawson City
Your Dawson adventure begins with a very scenic flight from Whitehorse on Air North. Right away you will know you are in for something special as you soar over the frozen and rugged northern landscape.
Upon arrival you will be transported to Dawson Lodge, your Accommodation for the next 3 nights. Dawson is a walkable city full of eclectic charm and quirky character. While the town sees plenty of tourists in the summer, you’ll find it quiet and authentic in the winter months. Stroll the cool boardwalk streets with old facades that will have you believing you’ve stepped back in time to the Gold Rush era. Keep your camera handy at all times as there are plenty of photo opportunities around town.
The next 4 days allow you time to visit the must see and the more remote places around Dawson. Included are two guide opportunities to view the Aurora Borealis at night at an intimate viewing site in West Dawson. To fill your days you can choose to join a city and gold fields tour and dive into Dawson’s gold rush history. Perhaps you would like to try your hand at snowmobiling or you can join a guided day tour along the famous Dempster Highway to see Tombstone Territorial Park. You may also wish to discover Dawson’s amazing local food culture. We suggest a visit to Bon Ton & Company, a restaurant that serves amazing locally sourced food in a contemporary setting that rivals eateries in Vancouver or Toronto.
Day 7: Return to Whitehorse
Today it's time to say goodbye to Dawson. You’ll have some time today to take one last look around the historic streets of Dawson City. In the afternoon we will transfer you from your hotel to the airport where you will catch your flight back to Whitehorse. Tonight you will enjoy one last night of free time in the Yukon's capital. If you wish you could head out for one last aurora tour (additional charge) for another chance to view the Northern Lights.
Day 8: Departure
Shuttle transfer to the airport for your flight home