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Yukon Territory Tent Camping Trip
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This Yukon Territory tent camping trip is all about the Klondike Highway. The Klondike Highway begins at the hamlet of Whitehorse and rumbles north into the remote wilderness before ending at the old boomtown of Dawson City. Whitehorse is a busy commercial center – and territorial capital – that has its roots in the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Robert Service Campground is one of the great Yukon Territory tent campgrounds in the area. Make a stop at the Yukon Transportation Museum and discover how the region was tamed. The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center captures the history of this land as a first stop along the prehistoric ice bridge that brought man and animal here from Siberia to eventually populate North America.
Around Whitehorse, you’ll find several impressive murals that depict the history of the region. Also in town, you should stop in to see the charming Old Log Church and consider a nostalgic voyage on the SS Klondike, a 1937-stern wheeler that takes regular trips to Dawson City along the Yukon River. Just south of downtown, put on your walking shoes and explore the abandoned settlement of Canyon City. Nearby, you’ll be amazed at the sight of the World’s Largest Weather Vane, a World War II-era Douglas C-47 aircraft that once brought passengers into the Whitehorse area. Today, it simply tells you which way the wind blows. Dawson City is also host to a number of great Yukon Territory tent camping sites.
Further north, you’ll find the town of Carmacks, birthplace of the great Yukon gold rush. Here you can visit an authentic, restored 1903 roadhouse, a once-favorite stopping point for those traveling from Whitehorse to Dawson City.
Keep heading north and you’ll think you’ve driven into a time warp, back to the dawn of the 20th century, when some 30,000 fortune seekers flocked to Dawson City in search of gold. Today, this charming town is full of historic buildings that look about the way they did during its heyday. At that time the town was known as the “Paris of the North,” that is, until the gold deposits dried up and the citizens went searching for greener, err, golder pastures. Through it all, Dawson City managed to avoid becoming a ghost town. Today visitors continue to appreciate all the town offers. A working casino, Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall, is one of the highlights. Another worthwhile destination venue is the Jack London Interpretive Center, which explains the life and Yukon adventures of this legendary novelist.
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