SUPER FAM REPORT Special Feature Yukon
FAM ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Gold Rush Inn, Whitehorse; Whitehorse city tour; Dinner at Marsh Lake; Hot tub aurora viewing; Shadow lake jeep tour; Horseback riding; Yukon Wildlife Preserve Tour; Takhini Hot Springs; Kluane Glacier flightseeing; Interpretive walk at Kathleen Lake
CORRINE MAY Gates Travel WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FAM?
I wanted to travel the furthest and visit the most remote part of the country that was on offer. Also, I was attracted by the wilderness, the wildlife, the scenery and the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights.
HIGHLIGHTS? It was all fantastic but if I had to pick one it would probably be our glacier flight-seeing trip. It was pretty bumpy but an absolutely fantastic experience. We saw loads of wildlife. We didn’t come across any bears or moose in the wild but we did see some in a wildlife reserve! Unfortunately we just missed out on
the Northern Lights, which apparently lit up the sky on the very weekend before we arrived. The hospitality we received
everywhere we went was brilliant.
WHICH CLIENTS? The Yukon is a part of Canada that is not very well marketed in the UK and I doubt most clients know the first thing about it. But I think it is ideal for the type of clients we get into Gates Travel, that is people who want something really different. It’s Canada in the wild, which will suit those with an independent and exploring spirit. Clients can hire a car, a jeep or a campervan and just get out onto the wide-open roads. There is no traffic – you might come
across the odd bear or moose on the road but that’s about all most people will see. The distances are vast, but the driving is really so easy – although road signs are a bit hit and miss! Holland America is one cruise line that features Yukon.
Clockwise: The Yukon group at Inn on The Lake; Glacier fl ightseeing in Kluane; The road to Canada's untamed wilderness
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PAULA BOYD Travelplanners WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FAM?
I went for Yukon because I like the wilderness. I’d been to Alberta earlier in the year, which was really great, and I wanted to experience even more of Canada’s endless wilderness. It was wonderful: quiet; huge open
spaces; just everything so natural with no hustle and bustle of any big city.
HIGHLIGHTS? Horseback riding for three hours, across the open wilderness. I had had very little experience of being on the back of a horse but I didn’t need any as the tuition was great and the horse very
"The Yukon is much more accessible than many people think. We fl ew from London to Calgary and then up to Whitehorse. And once there it is so easy to travel around"
amenable. Anyone could do it. We also went onto a glacier in Kluane National Park, another experience where we got a feel of how immense and massive the area is. We may have missed the Northern Lights but we had some wonderful sunsets.
WHICH CLIENTS? It's definitely best- suited to second-time visitors to Canada, those who have been to Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia or the Maritimes. The main target group is probably
those in the 25-50 age group. It's also a great recommendation for
anyone interested in soft adventure activities like mountain biking, climbing, cycling and kayaking, etc.
Top Tips... • Canada's untamed wilderness • Awe-inspiring scenery • Easy to reach • Glacier flightseeing
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