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      Five Finger Rapids
North Klondike Highway
contracted White Pass & Yukon Route to build a 530-km winter wagon road from Whitehorse to Dawson called the Dawson Overland Trail. This roadhouse is the third reincarnation of its name but is rich in history
for this part of the Yukon. It served
as a resting point for many weary travellers and was part of a chain of roadhouses that were spaced 30- 40km apart and formed the overland trail from Whitehorse to Dawson. The White Pass and Yukon Railway had the contract for the mail and took over the roadhouses which boasted corrals, barns, and stables. A traveller would have to pay $125 for the 5–7- day journey on the stage coach.
KM 355.5: The community of Carmacks community is situated at the confluence of the Nordenskiold and Yukon Rivers, approximately
180 km north of Whitehorse and 360 km south of Dawson City.
It is named after George Washington Carmack, who found coal near Tantalus Butte (locally called Coal Mine Hill) in 1893. Carmack built a trading post and traded with locals near the present site of Carmacks and also started a coal mine on the south bank of the Yukon River. Be sure to follow the boardwalk to the Roadhouse and Hazel Brown’s cabin.
Carmacks is the start of many fantastic walks or hikes ranging from half an hour up to 2 hours. You can take in the picturesque vista that the river and countryside give. If it is a hot day and you need a break from driving perhaps the Coal Lake Hike is for you. It’s a 4km walk in total but you have the chance to swim/picnic at the lake.
The North Klondike Highway connects Whitehorse to Carmacks, Pelly Crossing, Stewart Crossing, and Dawson City. The 518.5 km highway is a comfortable six to seven-hour drive along rolling hills and river valleys. It was constructed in the early 1950s. It is also an alternate route further north to Alaska via the Top
of the World Highway, which is open seasonally by way of the George Black Ferry and connects Dawson to Chicken, Alaska, and Tok.
The start of the North Klondike Highway is at km 1,436 of the Alaska Highway. Once on the North Klondike, it starts at km 191.7 (118.1 miles), the distance of the South Klondike Highway, from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse.
Travelling to Faro on the Robert Campbell Highway you will view spectacular valley’s rivers and lakes as you travel down the road. Then there is Keno City, a relic of the Gold Rush that has a population of 20 and a magnet for people wishing to move off the grid for a while. A habitant once said of Keno City that it was
like time went on holiday in 1978 and never came back.
Finally, when you arrive in Dawson City, you experience a place that has one foot in the past, with taverns and gambling halls that once owed more to the entertainment of prospectors, however modern-day explorers will love the laid-back attitude and the throwback to a bygone era, whilst enjoying the modern delights as well.
KM 191.7: Start of the North Klondike Highway.
KM 195.5: Takhini River Bridge. Park at the south end of the bridge. There are trails you can walk along the river’s edge. The Takhini River flows into the Yukon River just downstream from the bridge.
KM 196.5: The Gunnar Nilsson & Mikey Lammers Research Forest is
a 248-hectare plot named after two Yukon forestry pioneers located 1km north of the Takhini River bridge, located on the left (west) side at the blue sign on the right (east) side.
It has been used for the research
of Yukon forests since 1964. There are hiking trails, biking trails, and a forestry themed playground.
KM 221.5: Lake Laberge Viewpoint KM 224.6: Deep Creek Road offers
access to Lake Laberge.
KM 248: Fox Lake Campground located close to highway provides access to Fox Lake, a favourite for boaters. The sheltered bay at the
south end of the lake is excellent
for canoeing. The lake’s Southern Tutchone name, Kwätän’ ayä, refers to the creek that branches off into the bush. The campground has 43 sites, 9 of them Pull through Boat Launch, fire pits $8 fee The Southern Tutchone name is Kwatan aya. Good fishing for Trout, Burbot and Grayling. A favourite of Whitehorse residents.
KM 272: Fox Lake Burn rest area. Walk the trail that provides interpretation about the massive forest fires that affected the area in 1998 and 1999.
KM 280.8: Braeburn Lodge. Famous for the huge Cinnamon buns it
sells, is a necessary stop for all travellers. It was once a roadhouse on the overland trail and is used as a checkpoint on the Yukon Quest sled dog race in February.
KM 298.5: Conglomerate Mountain. Conglomerate rock formations were created by volcanic mudflows 185 million years ago. The white ash layer in this rest stop was laid down during the eruption of Mount Churchill,
at the headwaters of the White
River near the Yukon/Alaska border, over 1,100 years ago. Outhouses, interpretive signs, and garbage bins. You can view the mountain from here, it was formed 185 million years ago by volcanic mud flows.
KM 307.5 (306.7): Twin Lakes Campground. 31 sites 9 pull through Boat Launch Excellent fishing for Pike, Grayling and Lake Trout as well as to Canoe/Kayak. The Southern Tutchone name for the lake is Deghal Shaw.
KM 321.5: Montague Roadhouse. In 1902 the territorial government
Pelly Crossing, North Klondike Highway
World Famous
Cinnamon Buns
Home Baking Daily • Souvenirs Gas • Diesel • Fishing
Open Year-Round
On the Trans-Canada Trail System
Official Checkpoint on the Yukon Quest
Cinnamon Bun Airstrip
  Mile 55, Klondike Hwy Y0B 1C0 Ph: 867-456-BUNS
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Fox Lake Campground
World Famous

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