Remember when I shared our adventures in Skagway, Alaska and our cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage? I told you I had a story for another day about our Backcountry Jeep Safari to Carcross, Yukon…and today is that day!
Disclaimer before we get started. We had a great time exploring and driving the South Klondike Highway (aka Carcross-Skagway Road), but the overall excursion is not what we expected. We did some off-road driving in a Jeep, but “backcountry” was a little misleading.
Skagway is often referred as the “Gateway to the Yukon”, so when we saw the opportunity we could drive to Canada and cross another country off our bucket lists, we quickly jumped at the opportunity. After finishing up our adventure on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad and grabbing some lunch, we were ready for our second excursion of the day. We all piled into a 4×4 Jeep Wrangler and started the drive to the Yukon. The drive to Carcross from Skagway is a little over 2 hours, and we covered a lot of different terrains along that drive.
Carcross, originally known as Caribou Crossing, is a small, small town with a population of almost 300 people located on Bennett and Nares Lake. There is not much happening in this small town now, but it was once a popular stopping point for gold miners on their way to and from the gold fields in Dawson City (375 miles north). We made a quick pit stop for passport stamps, because it’s not official until you get a passport stamp, before the off-roading segment of the excursion.
We made our way up an extremely rough and steep trail to an old mine field that overlooks Montana Mountain. We were treated to snacks and majestic views of Canadian mountains before making our way back down the trail.
We even caught a glimpse of some wildlife on the trip back to Skagway.
Next time you’re in western Canada, I highly recommend taking a drive along the Klondike Highway! The views are absolutely worth it!