|Damp and cool this morning with heavy clouds.
I left the RV at 06:50AM and walked over to the White Pass & Yukon Route ticket office. I browsed the gift shop and then got my ticket at 07:10AM when the ticket office opened. We left by a small tour van at 07:30AM for Carcross, Yukon Territory.
The clouds lifted some and it was quite a scenic drive to Carcross. After we went through Canadian Customs the weather started to break and we could see sunshine ahead. It turned in to a very nice drive.
We arrived in Carcross at the White Pass & Yukon Route train station at 10:10AM (Alaska Time) and the train departed for Skagway at 10:30AM. We stopped at Bennett, British Columbia at 12:20PM where they served us a nice lunch of beef stew, breads, coleslaw, apple pie, and coffee and/or water. The only way into Bennett is by the White Pass & Yukon Route train or hike in. We picked up quite a few hikers here that were going back to Skagway after they hiked the Chilkoot Pass from Skagway to Bennett – a two, three, or four day hike. Got a couple of nice pictures of a bald eagle that we were able to get quite close to.
Choose your seat wisely if you take this train. If heights bother you sit on the right side going from Skagway to Carcross and on the left side from Carcross to Skagway. After passing the Canadian Customs on the route going south you travel along a ledge with some very deep drop-offs just outside the right side windows. The views are fantastic if you dare to look.
I am glad that I decided to take the drive to Carcross and train back to Skagway instead of the train to Carcross and drive back.
The weather started to deteriorate near the Canadian/Alaska border and it was raining again when we reached Skagway at 16:35AM. We had to wait for Customs to board the train and check passports before we could get off.
Our driver from this morning’s drive was there to pick us up and take us back into downtown. I went into a couple of the downtown shops and got back to the RV at 17:20PM. A very nice day even with the rain and clouds and a recommended trip that is well worth the cost.
Alaska to British Columbia to Yukon Territory and return.