Starting a 12-Day Yukon-Alaska Tour

This is probably going to be a year with no cruises for us, but as regular readers have noticed, I am still getting out and about a lot. Yesterday afternoon I was at the Whitehorse airport to meet 14 people from New Zealand, and today we begin an 11-day tour that ends in Seward, Alaska, where they board the Celebrity Millennium for a 7-night cruise to Vancouver (it’s 11 days for them, 12 for me because then I drive back to Whitehorse on a different route).

I hired on with Ruby Range Adventure to do this one tour, which is being run by a company that I’ve worked for every year since about 2000 – Maher Tours of Wellington, New Zealand. I simply love traveling with “Kiwis”, and that this is going be another excellent tour was proven last night when Cathy and I joined them for dinner at Arizona Charlie’s restaurant.

My day started at 9:00 yesterday morning when I picked up the bus to make sure that everything is in order for the trip. I took it down to the car wash to clean it better, got the interior detailed, then had a couple of hours to spare before meeting the group’s Air Canada Jazz flight, so went over to Wickstrom Road to get a bird’s-eye view of some of the many changes occurring in Whitehorse. The first photo shows a location that’s changing a lot, with The Wharf being built on the riverbank, and the steel skeleton of 3-storey office building going up a block behind it.

Downtown Whitehorse, Yukon

A project that’s now nearing completion is the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, a First Nations cultural center that will also house the Whitehorse Public Library.

Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre - Whitehorse, Yukon

I was at the airport to meet the 1:40 flight. It’s very easy to find 14 people at our little airport, and getting 14 suitcases onto the bus was quick and easy. I then took them on a short tour around Whitehorse, starting at Miles Canyon, which is the reason that Whitehorse was born. Then it was over to the SS Klondike.

The sternwheeler SS Klondike in Whitehorse, Yukon

While the group was touring the boat, their escort for the entire 24 day trip, Jo Walker, and I took their luggage over to the Westmark Klondike Inn and got the luggage and room keys sorted out.

The sternwheeler SS Klondike in Whitehorse, Yukon

This is my little bus – quite a change from the full-size motorcoaches I drove for 13 years!

Ruby Range Adventure bus in Whitehorse

It got very, very warm yesterday (28.5°C or 83.3°F according to Environment Canada, so everyone was happy to be at the hotel at 5:00. That’s a very brief look at a community that it’s easy to spend several days touring in, but at least everyone has a feel for what the Yukon’s capital is like before heading off into the wilderness today. In about 4 hours we leave for Dawson City, still my favourite community in the North.


Starting a 12-Day Yukon-Alaska Tour — 8 Comments

  1. Now I hope you don’t call that WORK. 🙂 I would do that for nothing if the company would pay my expenses. That sounds like a lot of fun.

  2. I have been following all your posts as I have the RSS setup and have really enjoyed the commentary and photos. I look forward to seeing the pictures from this trip.

  3. We like looking at your holiday photos, Nana and Pop.
    “I love you” says Arrochar.

  4. Hi Mum & Dad photos are great gives us more an idea whats its like over there hope you both having great time hard to believe you have had a week already .isis rung early in the week to get some details they having a meeting then they will let me know soon take care love from leanne and andy cody xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. Hello Janet and Kelvin, Thinking of you and it has been wonderful to see these pictures of your trip. Looks like you are getting to see the real way of life in the Yukon. Lovely warm day here today in Timaru. All the best Heather and Don

  6. Hi Mum
    Hope all is going well and you are enjoying yourself. The blog is great and seeing the photos makes you feel you are there as well!! I am glad the weather is warm. It is 5 degrees at night here at the moment! Cleaned the house yesterday and all ready for Dawn. I rand her to say to ring me if she needs anything. Aunty Fred has a cold and not too well so I took some vege soup out of your freezer to give to her. I know you would not mind. A bit worried about Aunty Fred as she has a bad cough and not up to doing too much. Sounds like you would be having a lovely time with the big cruise to come!!!
    Lots of love to you – KAREN

  7. Hi Mum
    The blog is great, can see what you are up to and where you have been, makes is very real.
    Lovely day here today but very cold tonight. Moved out of the apartment back to the house today & Mike is painting here now! Karen & David both good and all well here. Lots of Love Donna & Mike