Do you have clients who want to experience the Yukon’s stunning wilderness up close, but who also want some - or maybe even all - the comforts of home?
Fortunately, we have solutions. The Yukon is home to some incredible lodge experiences. Accessing these wilderness lodges is part of the adventure. Some are easy to get to with airport-to-destination shuttles or a rental car, however the more remote lodge experiences begin with a float plane or boat ride in summer and ski-plane or even dog sled in the winter.
They all offer uniquely Yukon experiences. Guests will have the opportunity to be immersed in nature, to relax and rejuvenate, all while enjoying friendly northern hospitality and personal service. While each lodge offers a unique selection of activities that will appeal to different types of clients, they all afford outstanding hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether your clients want to fish for the big one under the midnight sun or watch northern lights from their own private deck, the perfect wilderness lodge experience awaits.
Easy Access by Road
Several of the Yukon’s lodges can be reached easily by road. The following offer airport shuttle services or clients can rent a vehicle which will allow them to “lodge hop” and incorporate lodge stays into a road touring itinerary.
Inn on the Lake is situated on scenic Marsh Lake just a 40 minute drive from Whitehorse. This luxury getaway treats guests to gourmet dining, beautiful rooms and a range of activities and packages. It’s a popular choice for aurora viewing vacations and has welcomed some famous guests over the years including Martha Stewart and Jann Arden.
Dalton Trail Lodge is the perfect base for fishing and outdoor adventures, located near Kluane National Park and Reserve just a 2.5 hour drive from Whitehorse. Accommodation choices include lodge rooms and private cabins. With access to over twenty bodies of water, there is a wide choice of fishing options all with experienced guides. Fishing hot spots are accessed by 4x4, canoes, jet boats, float planes and helicopters. There are also outpost camps at different lakes. Aside from outstanding fishing, they also provide canoes, ATV’s, boats, camping gear and even a tennis court as well as non-fishing packages that include a variety of outdoor adventures.
Located just an hour’s drive south of Whitehorse, on the shores of Tagish Lake, is the Southern Lakes Resort. Guests will stay in traditional log cabins with a modern touch, all located lakeside with uninterrupted views. In the main lodge, the licensed restaurant serves seasonal creations that are inspired by the environment – the lake, boreal forest and Canadian north. Summer activities include hiking, canoeing, fishing charters and guided nature tours. During winter, the resort is the perfect spot for northern lights viewing. By day guests can experience some authentic Yukon winter fun with dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. If your clients prefer not to drive, the resort can be reached by float/ski plane or private shuttle transfer from Whitehorse.
Just twenty minutes from Whitehorse, the Northern Lights Resort and Spa is one of the Yukon’s most popular lodges. Located near the Yukon River, the modern self-contained log cabins offer views of the surrounding mountains. The cabins are available on a bed and breakfast basis during summer (June to August) and all-inclusive packages during the aurora viewing season (September to April). The lodge offers a spa and wellness area with both Finnish and infrared saunas, gym and relaxation room as well as a massage room. Packages include aurora viewing, winter activities and photography as well as combination packages with the Aurora Inn in Dawson City. This popular property does sell out in high season, so be sure to book your clients as far in advance as possible.
Tagish Wilderness Lodge is a true wilderness escape. Managed by the same team as the Southern Lakes Resort, this remote lodge is only accessible by boat or floatplane in summer, or ski-plane or dog sled in winter. Accommodation is in private, cozy log cabins with a wood burning stove and solar electricity. In the Main Lodge, guests have access to the dining and living room with books, DVDs and wireless internet. All meals are included, with the lodge’s unique, wilderness cuisine being part of the experience. The lodge offers fishing, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing in summer, with aurora viewing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice-fishing and snowmobiling in winter. They can also organize winter camping trips by dogsled - or even snowmobile - that give clients a taste of winter camping for one or two nights before returning to the comfort of the lodge.
Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge is an authentic Yukon wilderness getaway with accommodation in cozy log cabins with beautiful lake views. Rates are all-inclusive with home-cooked meals served in the main lodge and guided activities such as fishing, motorboat excursions, nature walks and hikes, and canoeing or kayaking available. They also offer a fully self-contained, private log cabin. The lodge offers winter packages for aurora viewing that include guided snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The lodge is accessible by float plane from Whitehorse. They can also arrange shuttle transportation from Whitehorse or Watson Lake and boat transportation (for self-drives) from the Frances Lake Boat Ramp.
For fishing enthusiasts, Inconnu Lodge is an iconic fly-in fishing lodge offering a luxury wilderness experience. Accommodation is in upscale cabins, with gourmet meals and activities in the all-cedar main lodge. All-inclusive packages are either five or seven days and provide use of water craft, experienced guides, transport to and from Whitehorse, regular float plane fly-out trips and alpine helicopter hiking trips. Other soft adventure options include river drift trips, canoeing and photography. In addition, the lodge has a selection of add-on side trips to Nahanni National Park and Reserve as well as a helicopter adventure to the glaciers east of the lodge with lunch in the spectacular Cirque of the Unclimbables.