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Bennett Scenic Journey

Escape into the heart of history!

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Passport required

$239.00

8 hours

7:30 a.m. | TRAIN FIRST

9:30 a.m. | BUS FIRST

TUES-FRI & SUN | MON-THUR & SAT

Escape into the heart of history! Travel 67.5 miles (4.5 hours) by train between Skagway, Alaska, and Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada, traveling the same route that the Klondike stampeders traversed in 1898! Couple that with a minicoach transfer along the scenic Klondike Highway to/from Skagway for the perfect combination of your Canadian & Alaskan vacation adventures.

City of Skagway

Skagway Train Depot

White Pass Train Skagway

Broadway

Cruise Ship Docks

Pitchfork Falls with Train

Bridal Veil Falls

William Moore Bridge

Welcome to AK Sign

 

Summit

 

Summit Lake

Chilkoot Bus at Summit Lake

 

Train Heading to Fraser

Early May at Fraser

Shallow Lakes & White Pass Mountains

Bennett Train Shallow Lake

Chilkoot Bus at Tutshi Boat Launch

Tutshi Lake

Welcome to Yukon Sign

Chilkoot Bus Pic

Bove Island 2014

Nares Lake

Matthew Watson General Store

Carcross YT

Train at Carcross Station

 

Emerald Lake

Montana Mtn

Bennett Lake Area

Bennett Station Depart

Bennett Train Shallow Lake

 

South Bennett Lake

Bennett Station

Bennett St. Andrews Chruch

 

Bennett Lake

 

Train Nearing Summit

Train Tunnel

Train Descending Summit

Train Trussel

Train Descending White Pass

Train at Laughton

Come join us for a unique and captivating journey into the heart of the Bennett Lake area. Bennett, British Columbia, Canada, is accessible only via the White Pass train or by hiking the world famous Chilkoot Trail, so it’s a very exclusive and completely extraordinary experience. Bennett has always been an important stop for the WP&YR.  Along the rail route, enjoy your 45 minute visit to Lake Bennett, BC, the once thriving gold rush boom town. Be sure to visit the 1910 Bennett Station for a stroll through the historic museum where you can view informative displays about the gold rush and White Pass’ history before heading out on a self-guided walking tour of the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site. 

A hearty boxed turkey sandwich lunch with chips, side and dessert is provided along the train portion of your journey between Bennett and Carcross. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available upon request.

At the foot of Lake Bennett is Carcross, historically known as “Caribou Crossing.” The Carcross Station, situated on the edge of the lake, was built in 1910 and is a designated Heritage Railway Station. Once at Carcross, passengers are transferred to a comfortable tour vehicle for a visit to Emerald Lake, the most photographed lake in the Yukon Territory. Upon your return to Skagway you will be entertained by professional guides with their amusing stories of local lore and captivating tales of the Gold Rush Era. With stops all along the way there will be ample opportunities for photo enthusiasts to view and capture the unparalleled beauty of cascading waterfalls, roaring rivers, majestic mountains, glaciers, historic sites and panoramic vistas. This tour is also operated in reverse order with a “bus first” departure on certain days of the week.

Complimentary drop off service is provided in town or at the cruise ship docks at the conclusion of your tour.

Historical Train Information Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this Scenic Railway of the World was designated as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (along with the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty). The 3-foot wide Narrow Gauge Railroad climbs almost 3,000 feet in the first 20 miles with an average grade of 2.6%, and up to 3.9% in some locations. It also passes through 2 tunnels and travels over sky high trestles and bridges. Comfortable restored and replica passenger coaches are pulled by vintage diesel locomotives. Each heated passenger coach has large viewing windows and a restroom.

There are many points of interest along the way:

White Pass Trail of ’98
Brackett Wagon Road
Pitchfork Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
William Moore Bridge & Overlook
“Welcome to Alaska” sign
Tormented Valley
Fraser, British Columbia
Log Cabin
Tutshi & Tagish Lakes
“Welcome to Yukon” sign
Bove Island Overlook
Carcross, Yukon Territory
World’s Smallest Desert
Emerald Lake
Bennett Station House
Bennett Lake
67.5 mile train journey over the famous White Pass Summit and into the Yukon Territory

The train and connecting tour vehicles are NOT wheel chair accessible. We can accommodate small collapsible walkers only. Baby stroller must meet measurement requirements listed in the FAQs. Smoking is prohibited on the train and tour vehicles.

*7:30AM departure not available to guests on ships that depart Skagway at 4:30PM or earlier.

*9:30AM departure not available to guests on ships that depart Skagway at 6:00PM or earlier.

Since this excursion enters Canada all passengers must bring their passport.

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Guest Reviews

BeeLittle
BeeLittle
2020-08-10
YUKON RAIL AND BUS This was all day almost 9 or 10 hours trip. First we started on the mini bus/van - it was very comfortable seating; and our driver/guide was very personable, friendly, and had great sense of humor! He was wealth of knowledge about Alaska, shared interesting stories and anegnotes during the trip. We had tasty lunch at a 'covered wagon' which both my husband and I had fun doing so. They the train ride back to Skagway was relaxing and the scenery passing by was just breathtaking.
DoodleNay
DoodleNay
2020-04-19
Great customer service Booked the Yukon rail and bus tour many months ago, before the Corona virus. Our cruistour to Alaska was cancelled by Princess, so I called to cancel. They had me email the request. I did it on Tuesday April 14th, they called Wednesday April 15th to confirm and credit went on my credit card that same day. Excellent service. Am rebooking another cruise, and will definitely book with them again.
Shirley K
Shirley K
2020-04-02
Wonderful Owners Because our cruise was cancelled due to Covid-19 we requested a refund from Chilkoot Charters for our railway excursion. Although the owners were going through extreme conditions, including the loss of at least several month's income, they were extremely courteous. They processed our refund right away. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone searching for an excursion in the area.
Karen1616
Karen1616
2019-11-22
Smaller shuttles, great customers service Our Travel Agent arranged this tour company for us and so glad that they did.. Chilkoot Chartered tours was the best ... Stopped at many stops along the way and never felt rushed... The driver was so friendly and had lots of information about the area...
LIMom2016
LIMom2016
2019-10-16
Yukon Bus Tour with Dog Cart Ride I know a lot of reviews insist that you have to take the train but we decided to go with the Chilkoot Charters bus tour from the cruise port to the Yukon territory and back. This tour with Chilkoot included lunch at Caribou Crossing and a dog cart ride (it was summer, no snow). Heidi was our guide, she was right there to greet us when we walked off the ship. It turned out to be just our party, 3 of us, on the way up since everyone else took the train. This was awesome because Heidi was able to stop wherever we wanted, including a coffee stop in town. Her knowledge of the area was amazing and we had the BEST time. Lunch was great too, the food was so good and they had a vegetarian choice for my picky teen. The dogs were so much fun. We got to play with the puppies and take as many pics as we wanted. Highly recommend Chilkoot, great service from the time of booking till we were returned to the ship!
RexT
RexT
2019-09-27
Fantastic White Pass Summit Rail and Bus Excursion This really is a must-do in Skagway. With Brian as our tour guide, we took the train from Skagway to Fraser, Yukon where Brian met us and drove us back on an alternate route so we could see much more on the way back. Brian was outstanding; very knowledgeable; very humourous and very easy to work with. Quite a character. And fluent in both American and Canadian :-). The scenery and the stories surrounding this trek are extraordinary and unforgettable. Absolutely a MUST!
MsChinita
MsChinita
2019-09-27
White Pass Train and Yukon Excursion We took this tour during our September Alaska Cruise. We were fortunate to experience an absolutely beautiful warm sunny day in Skagway. The train ride from Skagway to Fraser was fantastic with the most beautiful scenery. From Fraser we headed to the Yukon to Carcross and Emerald Lake. The bus ride through the Yukon was absolutely beautiful with the fall foliage in full bloom. On our travels to the Yukon we stopped at Carcross Crossing for a BBQ chicken lunch. The lunch was ok, but the donuts were really good. It was nice to walk around but very touristy. Our tour guide James was wonderful. He is an Irish soul and a wonderful story teller. His story telling engaged your imagination and created a personal thread to each story he told. Thank James for making this trip so enjoyable.
Wgqual
Wgqual
2019-09-26
Yukon and White Pass train excursion The wife and I were lucky enough to take an Alaskan cruise in Sept 2019. The one excursion that I knew I had to do was the White pass train. There is a lot of charter companies out there but our experience with Chilkoot was great. We booked on our own which saved us money over the ship tours. Morgan was our tour guide and was great. He knew where to stop to get the best pictures and his knowledge of the area was outstanding. Well worth the money!! Great job Chilkoot.
Tom
Tom
2019-09-21
Jenny was Awesome I recently had the pleasure of going on an Alaskan Cruise, and the excursion I was able to do while in Skagway was the train ride, and bus tour into the Yukon up to Carcross and a little beyond. The first part was the best train ride I have ever been on, with some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. I didn’t think the day could get any better, but I was proven wrong. I, along with my fiancée and the other members of the group I was traveling with, had the pleasure of riding a small bus with the most entertaining and informative tour guide I have ever met. Her name was Jenny. We laughed almost the entire way with her stories and information she derived in a style that was just perfect. She had the entire bus participating and never missed a beat. If anyone who goes to this beautiful part of the country, pray you get a Jenny, a tiny red haired girl from New Jersey. She was the highlight on an already awesome trip. As beautiful as it was just enjoying the sites, it was definitely topped by the entertaining ride with Jenny!!!
Prefertobeonvacation
Prefertobeonvacation
2019-09-17
White Pass Train and Yukon Tour We took this trip during our September Alaska Cruise. The train ride was great from Skagway to Fraser(something I would only do once as it is nice to see), in Fraser we boarded a small bus(way better than the big coach buses), and travelled to Carcross Crossing for Chicken dinner. Dinner was good but not fabulous. It was nice to see the Huskies, and walk around, but it was not anything special. We made a stop in Carcross town, again, nothing special. The scenic stops were wonderful along the way. Thank you Jennie for making this trip informative and enjoyable, you know how to make visitors welcome!