Carcross: A Must Visit Day Trip From Whitehorse, Yukon
Are you planning a trip to the Yukon? If you are heading up north and will be spending any time in Whitehorse, be sure to set aside some time for Carcross. The original name for this town is Caribou Crossing because caribou used to cross here! Now shortened to Carcross (even cooler sounding), this town, home to the Tagish First Nation, is about 46 miles (74 km) south and a great place to go for a few hours. It’s small but it’s super cute and there are several things to do for people of all ages including families with children!
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If you’re riding the White Pass And Yukon Rail, you stop in Carcross. If you want to see photos and video from that experience, I wrote about it here. Our group ended here as did many cruise ship passengers who were doing land excursions.
I asked the handsome local from above to take my photo
The World’s Smallest Desert
Carcross Desert is actually several sand dunes and not technically a desert. They were made by silt from glacier lakes. We just stopped here for a photo opp on our way to the next place but since I have been to a small section of the biggest desert (the Sahara), I was very excited to have visited the smallest.
Carcross Trading Post
We stopped in the Carcross Trading Post which is just a bit north of Carcross Commons and where you stop on the White Pass & Yukon Rail train. There’s a cafe here as well as two museums and a petting farm. The petting farm area has dog sled puppies so I couldn’t resist playing with them. I looked at the wildlife museum which are taxidermied animals of the Yukon but I skipped the RCMP museum to play with the puppies.
In the Wildlife Museum