Yellowknife to Dawson City and Back Again

17 Sep

The Dempster Highway, Yukon.

Most people wouldn’t consider driving across Northern Canada for their honeymoon, but me and my wife (and most Northerners I know) aren’t like most people. For 12 days, we drove more than 5,000 kms across 2 territories and 1 province. Along the way we saw caribou, moose and sheep, camped in scenic campgrounds, shopped in quirky stores, visited good friends and meandered through some of the most stunning landscapes in North America.

If you get the chance, we recommend this trip – the Alaska Highway, the Northern Rocky Mountains, the Dempster Highway and the Top of the World Highway were all highlights. I don’t normally take many landscape photos but I couldn’t really help myself on this trip, the views were just too nice not to photograph. Pretty sure by our last day Heidi had enough of all the pull-overs we made. Still, these pics don’t really do any justice to what you see in person. You have to experience it yourself.

PS – 99% of these shots were taken either out my car window or just off the highway. It goes to show you just how scenic this drive is. Enjoy!

Our route: South-West from YK to the Mackenzie Hwy to the Liard Hwy. South to the Alaska Hwy (British Columbia). West to Whitehorse to the Klondike Hwy, north to Dawson City. Turn around and come back.

Bison on the Liard Highway.

The Liard River at Blackstone Territorial Park.

Tetsa River.

Stone Sheep.

Toad River gas station, only $1.59/litre!

Over 8,000 hats in the Toad River restaurant.

Aquamarine river – not sure why the colour is like this.

The Liard Hotsprings (under construction).

Nugget City, population: this sign.


Whitehorse walking trail.

Friends Katharine, Terry, Arthur and Wilbur’s home at Marsh Lake, Yukon.

Our cozy accommodations at Marsh Lake.

Stewart Crossing, Yukon. This is the food store, in case you were wondering.

Northern flair.

Best stop on the Klondike Highway.


Near Dawson City, along the Klondike Hwy.

Dawson City, Yukon.

Dawson storefronts.

“The Slide”

Dawson-style graffiti.

Today’s menu.

The Yukon River.

The Top of the World Highway – really tough to capture how epic these views are. The highway literally runs at the top of a mountain and overlooks mountains everywhere. It was a bit nerve-wracking driving so close to such a steep drop.

Weird photo. The sun was partly out and shining on the trees in the foreground while all the mountains in the background were in the shade. Looks like a bad Photoshop job!

The Dempster Highway at Tombstone Territorial Park. We missed the fall colours by a few days but I like these with the snow.

Tombstone range.

Tombstone Territorial Park.

Saw RV’s from California and as far away as Florida.

Back at Moose Creek for breakfast, heading back to YK.

Heidi, super-pumped for her bacon and eggs.

Five Finger Rapids.

Free Gold Road, Carcross, Yukon.

Forest fire area, Klondike Hwy.

Lake Laberge.

Northern Rockies Lodge, Muncho Lake, B.C.

Muncho Lake flight sked.

Float plane on Muncho Lake, photo taken with iPhone.

Restaurant at Northern Rockies Lodge, most of woodwork and carvings – including the huge map on the wall – all custom made. Yellowknife really needs a place like this.

Cabins at Muncho.

Northern Rockies along the Alaska Hwy, photo by Heidi Kane.

Near Toad River.

Our deer friend (get it?)

View along the Alaska Hwy.

6 Responses to “Yellowknife to Dawson City and Back Again”

  1. Gisele September 18, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    Love the pics….Heidi you look so beautiful and happy……enjoy the journey! Oh, and come visit me on the island if you get a chance and come sail away for a different kind o view, tho yours looks brilliant too!!!

  2. Leigh Szczypiorkowski September 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Wow, the colors are amazing!! I sure do get homesick when I see pictures like these 😦 When I was a kid, was lucky enough to see most of the Yukon (even places way off the beaten trail!) Would recommend this trip to anyone.

  3. Anne Millerd September 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Thanks for the tour. Your photos are a real collage of the grand and the humble, the inspiring and the humourous. Made me want to go!

  4. Jan October 18, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    Great photos but the one that you have of the Freegold Road sign is in Carmacks, YT not Carcross. Thank you for posting this wonderful array of photos.

  5. Joanna Labonte October 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    We loved this journey when we lived up North. Met so many interesting people and always in awe of the scenery. Thanks for the walk down memory lane Pat.
    Joanna Labonte

  6. judeconning March 1, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    Great to see these places in the Fall – have only seen them snow covered in February. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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