AvailabilityMay - October
Located downtown Whitehorse, The Yukon Inn offers newly renovated, fully air-conditioned rooms with exceptional customer service. Owned by three Yukon First Nations (Tr’ondek Hwech’in Trust, Champagne Aishihik First Nations, and Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation) the Yukon Inn offers its vision of sharing culture and hospitality with guests from Yukon and around the world.
The Yukon Inn is 100% non-smoking and offers high speed internet access, cable television, as well as, fridges and microwaves in every room. Conveniently located close to attractions, shopping and just a short walk from the Historic Yukon River, The Yukon Inn offers anything you made need to make your trip to the Yukon as unforgettable as the scenery.Website: www.YukonInn.com
Situated on the banks of the Chu Nínkwän (Yukon River), the Cultural Centre is a place to celebrate the heritage and contemporary way of life of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. As their ancestors did for thousands of years, the Cultural Centre welcomes visitors from near and afar to gather to the cultural home to share stories and experiences.
Along with an array of cultural programming and events, the Centre offers interpretive tours, a gift shop with an intimate art gallery and local art displayed through the Centre.Website: www.KwanlinDunCulturalCentre.com
The ‘Carcross/ Teslin Culture’ Tour is a fantastic, full day tour, exploring the Southern Lakes region as well as the Village of Teslin all while traveling back to Whitehorse on the historic Alaska Highway! Along the way, you will get to experience stunning mountain vistas, a stop at the famous Emerald Lake, the Village of Carcross which is home to the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and Bennett Lake. We will then drive through the Tagish Lake area which is part of the headwaters of the majestic Yukon River.
The journey continues south on the Alaska Highway to Teslin and a visit the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre, an award winning, designed building on the shores of Teslin Lake that houses the Great Hall, home of the Clan Governance for the Teslin Tlingit people. Here you will learn about the rich heritage and culture of the Inland Tlingit First Nation and hear their stories about their life and history in the Yukon. Modern and traditional Tlingit arts and culture can be found in the the Centre’s gallery and the gift shop has arts and crafts made by local Tlingit artisans.
The drive back to Whitehorse, is north on the Alaska Highway. You won’t see the same view twice on this interesting and scenic loop! Along the way back to Whitehorse, you will see Marsh Lake…the Yukon version of ‘Cottage Country’.Website: www.WhiteHorseTours.com
Welcome to an authentic, unforgettable & inspiring First Nations cultural experience in some of the Yukon’s most pristine wilderness.
Shakat Tun means summer hunting trails in the Southern Tutchone language. At Shakat Tun Wilderness Camp you’re experiencing the Allen family home and traditions, surrounded by nature’s splendour, refreshed by pure mountain air, and immersed in the hospitality of Canada’s Indigenous people. Located north of the village of Haines Junction on the edge of Kluane National Park, the camp overlooks Kluane Lake and the surrounding mountain vistas.
Depart Whitehorse and travel along the Alaska Highway to Haines Junction, stopping at the spectacular Da Kų Cultural Centre, then on to Shakat Tun Wilderness Camp. Guests will experience a variety of cultural activities each day with free time to explore the area with a guide or relax around the campfire with the Allen family.Website: www.ShakatTunAdventures.com
The Da Kų Culture Centre is an innovative cultural facility located in Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction) in the southern part of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Da Kų (Our House) celebrates the culture and traditions of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) Dän (people) honoring their language and stories, and strong connection to the land.
The Centre offers guided tours, campfire talks, traditional artwork, artefacts, and more. Learn about: dän – our people, dän kéyi – our land, dän ke – our ways, and Dàkwanjè (Southern Tutchone) – our language. It also houses the Parks Canada Information Centre and the Yukon Government’s Visitor Information Centre, which showcases pieces from the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.Website: www.CAFN.ca/Da-Ku-Cultural-Centre
Authentic Indigenous Experiences
Authentic indigenous experiences are delivered by indigenous tourism businesses located from across Canada and many are members of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).
Indigenous Tourism can be defined as all tourism businesses majority owned, operated and/or controlled by First Nations, Metis, or Inuit Peoples that can demonstrate a connection and responsibility to the local indigenous community and traditional territory where the operation resides.x
This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:
- Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre is established by the Kwanlin Dün First Nation.
- Whitehorse Who What Where Tours is Yukon-owned and operated by Teena Dickson (Chipewyan).
- Shakat Tun Adventures is owned and operated by the Allen Family, members of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
- Da Kų Culture Centre is established by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
- 2 nights moderate accommodations
- Cultural Center Visits
- Carcross/Teslin Tour
- Visit to Shakat Tun
* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.
** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.