White Pass And Yukon Route Railway: A Scenic Yukon Rail Experience
Heading to the Yukon or Skagway?
Last August while I was in the Yukon I rode the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. If you love trains and/or love beautiful landscapes, I highly recommend this scenic Yukon rail experience. Head down below to see more photos and read about the train journey!
Riding the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway
I had never heard of the White Pass and Yukon Route Rail prior to arriving in the Yukon but I love train rides so I was really excited about going on it. My fellow travellers and I started our journey in Fraser, BC. Here we settled into our trains and started enjoying the northern Canadian views.
Gorgeous scenery all along the rail journey
The White Pass and Yukon Route train then stopped at Bennett Station. Bennett, BC, a historic town, can only be accessed by hiking, boat, or rail. All the passengers got off the train at the station which also houses the White Pass museum. We were given half an hour to explore the area on our own. I set my timer on for constant fear of being left behind in places. Once I set off, I walked along the shore of Lake Bennett and up to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to shoot photos and see the historic remains of part of the Klondike Goldrush.
Lake Bennett borders both British Columbia and Yukon Territory
Stopping in Bennett we were able to see where the Chilkoot trail ends (or starts)
St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
The area was inhabited by the Tagish First Nations before any of the gold rush seekers
After our short stop in Bennett, we boarded the train again and were served lunch as we moved on towards Carcross where we would be ending our journey. Others passengers would be doing a round trip or loading on a bus and going back to their cruise ships. This is a popular shore experience on the Alaskan cruises. My group would be spending a bit more time in Carcross and then heading back to Whitehorse where we were based. (I will be writing a separate post about Carcross because it was a cool little town with a handful of things to do and an excellent half day trip from Whitehorse. Keep a watchful eye on that post because it will be coming soon!)
Photos from Bennett to Carcross
More views on the White Pass and Yukon Route Rail
Pulling into Carcross, Yukon
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