The Yukoner – The Yukon Plus Two Extra Letters!
There are two kinds of people in the world – people who visit the Yukon when visiting Skagway on a cruise ship, and people who weep bitterly when they see photos that their friends took from the tour and wished they had tagged along. Yes, the Yukon is one of the most beautiful places you can visit on an Alaskan cruise, which is crazy because it’s in Canada.
This blog is dedicated to our Northern Neighbors who love Tim Horton’s, call snowmobiles snow machines, and eat moose burgers in the snow while watching the Northern Lights. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the YUKONER.
The Yukoner is a person living in the Yukon, but it’s also a tour
Way back in 1898, some hearty men wearing checkered flannel discovered gold in the Yukon. Back in those days, there was no Tim Hortons, so they were forced to hunt and fish for their food. There was also no highway or railroad, which meant they had to walk. Most cruise ship passengers loathe walking, so the government built a highway so that they could see the Yukon in a climate-controlled bus.
The Yukoner is a three-and-a-half hour tour that travels north along the Klondike Highway into the Yukon Territory. If you take this tour, you will travel the same path the gold-seekers took in the Days of ’98, but you are smarter because you’re doing it in a bus for a handful of US Dollars.
The highlights of the Yukoner
What will you see on the Yukoner Tour? Well, for one, you are going to see some crazy nature. Trees, mountains, glaciers, rivers, streams, dirt, flowers, and grass are all commonly spotted along the way. The Yukon is also known for its wildlife. Tourists are routinely thrilled to see animals like seagulls, ducks, marmots, bears, eagles, caribou, moose, and the occasional squirrel. One Yukoner passenger claims she saw a Bigfoot! But the driver of the tour was pretty sure it was only Yukon Pete, the crazy Canuck that lives in the cabin down by the river.
There are also some cool mining ruins you will see on the Yukoner Tour. One of them is the Venus Mine, which is located right along the highway. Some say that the Venus Mine is haunted by a scary ghost that only appears when the northern lights are ablaze. Witnesses say that the ghost was a singer during the Klondike Gold Rush, who died when he tried to steal another miner’s gold and tripped over a pile of dirty underwear causing him to fall from a high cliff. When the air is still on a moonless night, and the sky is on fire with red aurora, you can hear his angelic voice cry out the words…
Never gonna give you up. Never gonna let you down. Never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry. Never gonna say goodbye. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.
Pretty spooky stuff.
Book your Yukoner today!
Can you go to the Yukon when you visit Skagway on a cruise? Yes! Yu – kon! Get it? Seriously though, don’t make that joke in the Yukon because it makes them angry. Be sure to bring your passport for this amazing tour. Also, bring a camera in case you see a Bigfoot.