Explore Yukon Highways
Building the Skagway to Dawson Road
This map is from a 1972 publication, "travelling yukon", published by the Yukon Dep't of Travel and Information. The highway from Carcross to Skagway had not yet been built, and the term "South Klondike Highway" for the section of highway south of Whitehorse was not yet in use. The information on the highway reads:
The Klondike Highway
From picturesque little Carcross (short for Caribou Crossing) to historic Dawson City, the Klondike Highway offers you the gold rush route, providing a circle tour to the past, and interesting side trips. To enjoy the whole Klondike route, take Highway 6 from Jake's Corner (Mile 866, Alaska Highway) to Carcross. From Carcross, the highway leads north through the smallest desert in the world back to the Alaska Highway and into Whitehorse. You leave the Alaska Highway again at Mile 925 and continue north past Lake Laberge, the famous setting for Service's "The Cremation of Sam McGee", and on past Carmacks and across the Pelly and Stewart Rivers to Dawson City and the fabled Klondike. Plan to spend an extra day or more here, to visit with gold rush ghosts and relive a golden era from history. This "Top of the World Highway" continues to the Alaska border and rejoins the Alaska Highway at Mile 1,301, Tetlin Junction.