Yukon Photo Tour Blog Sept 4 2016

September 04, 2016 at 11:39 AM

September 3, 2016 - Alaska Trek on the White Pass & Yukon Railway

This morning we boarded our motor coach at the White Pass Depot in Whitehorse for a trip along the scenic South Klondike Highway to Fraser, BC, where we connected with the world famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway (WP&YR).

Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.

From Fraser, we descended almost 900 metres (3000 feet) in the 45 KM (28 miles) between Fraser and Skagway. 

In Skagway, we had about two hours to photograph this unique and historic town. Skagway was the starting point for thousands of men heading to Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush. It's home to many gold-rush-era buildings, now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

Enjoy our last day in the Yukon photos including a couple of Northern Lights shots captured late last night.

 Here comes the train


Each car was heated with a small stove


The first few miles out of Fraser, the land is quite flat


Mountain tops just south of Fraser, BC


There are many twists and turns as we start our descent


Part of the old White Pass trail is visible here. Today it is used by hikers.


The original steel cantilever bridge was in service up until 1969.


Albert and Betty Ann stretching for that perfect shot; don’t lean too far out.


Ice Fields visible from the train.


The train makes two stops to pick up or drop off hikers.


The view from inside.


Skagway river approaching the town of Skagway.


A caboose that is now rented out as overnight accommodation for hikers.


An abandoned rail car in Skagway.


Abandoned railroad equipment.


Downtown Skagway


Lots of interesting shops up the side streets too.


More of the colourful shops.


Arctic Brotherhood Hall a fraternal hall built in 1899. Over 8,800 pieces of driftwood make up the front façade.


Now that’s a snow blower!


It was a good day to visit Skagway as there was only one cruise ship in port.


Here are a few images from our guests…

Another of the curves on the narrow gauge rail -Thanks Godfrey for sharing your images.

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Although most of the spectacular views were on the right side of the train, there was lots to see on both sides - Thanks Godfrey Lee.

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Val, Betty Ann and Sue dodging traffic (well sort of) to get the perfect shot - Thanks Godfrey Lee

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Danny came across some maneuvers. Thanks Danny Leung

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White water Kayaking - Thanks Claude Gauthier.

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Another white water shot, can't miss the red kayak in the rapids - Thanks Claude Gauthier.

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One final shot of the eagles from Claude Gauthier.

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Val, Betty Ann and Sue on the Riverboat, by Claude Gauthier


Northern Lights last night by Betty Ann Kerrigan.


Another one of the Aurora by Sue Smith.


After the return bus trip to Whitehorse, we enjoyed our farewell dinner as the clouds finally disappeared at sunset. Some of the group made one last attempt to capture the Aurora and with success our trip is complete. Tomorrow afternoon we begin our journey home. Thanks for checking-in each day and following our Yukon Blog, it's been an amazing trip. And of course a special thanks to all the Photo Trekkers that joined us on our journey.

The Trekkers in Whitehorse wish you a good night.


Please add a comment

Posted by Jim on
Thanks for sharing your trek with us! It's been great following along. I hope you had good luck with Aurora... the Aurora forecast for yesterday was promising.

Safe travels tomorrow/Monday!
Posted by Maureen on
Nice, I have really enjoyed the pics you have shared from your trip. Safe travels home. Thank you.
Posted by Kathy on
Your trip looks like it has been a great one. Thanks for sharing your trek with us. Please share if you were lucky enough to get a few shots of the Aurora.
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