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Chilkoot Trail Offers Glimpse into Canadian History

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Trek follows in the footsteps of stampeders seeking fortune in the Klondike goldfields

Adventure travel specialist Great Canadian Trails is offering travellers a unique opportunity to experience an iconic moment in Canadian history this summer. Retracing the footsteps of hopeful stampeders, the trip follows their migration route over the Chilkoot Pass and down to the Yukon River to the site of the famous Klondike goldfields.

“Hiking the Chilkoot Trail means tapping into the spirit of adventure of the thousands and men and women who traversed the trail before,” said Nathalie Gauthier, Manager of Great Canadian Trails. “Relics of their passing remain everywhere and serve as a reminder that now, the payoff is the experience itself.”

Beginning in Whitehorse, the itinerary journeys through Yukon and British Columbia before boarding the historic train to Skagway, Alaska. This marks the start of the trek, just as it was for the stampeders over 100 years ago. While they were required by the Northwest Mounted Police to carry a year’s worth of provisions, now Great Canadian Trails is the only company to offer the trek with full pack support.

Departing 09 August 2017, the highlights of the seven-day Chilkoot Trail also include:

  • A scenic flight by float plane from Lake Bennett to Whitehorse
  • A scenic rail journey from British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska
  • Camping in Canada’s remote northern wilderness
  • Coastal rainforest with spruce and cottonwood trees six-meters in diameter
  • Abandoned towns and artifacts from the gold rush

On the cutting edge of adventure travel, Great Canadian Trails crafts creative itineraries that cater to the individual needs and styles of its travellers.

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