With the coming of the highways and trucking transportation in the 1940's and 1950's, sled dogs lost their prominence in this area.The introduction of the snow machine (or snowmobile) in the 1950's and 1960's sounded the end of sled dogs dominating the Recreational ‘mushing' and the advent of sled dog racing became the primary focus of many mushers who wished to maintain their ties to these incredible animals and to a way of life that was disappearing from the Far North.The million project was the product of British financing, American engineering and Canadian contracting.Tens of thousands of men and 450 tons of explosives overcame harsh and challenging climate and geography to create “the railway built of gold.” The WP&YR climbs almost 3000 feet in just 20 miles and features steep grades of up to 3.9%, cliff-hanging turns of 16 degrees, two tunnels and numerous bridges and trestles.THREE GENERATIONS OF MAJOR MIDGET LEAGUE CHAMPS Winning a championship is one thing.Having three (3) generations in one family win the same championship is another. Three (3) generations of their family have won the Cromie Memorial Cup, the Major Midget League (MML) Championship, dating back to the 1940’s.Ron Wilkie, John Hemmerling and Ronnie Wilkie all share the memory of winning the championship and having their names on the admired trophy.Ice age Beringia was home to a diverse, and yet unique, mix of strange and familiar animals.
As airplanes took over the mail routes in the 1920's and 1930's, the sled dogs role in this area of society was diminished.
We will share the epic stories of the Klondike Gold Rush and the construction of this narrow gauge railroad with you while you enjoy the scenery.
Tens of thousands of men and 450 tons of explosives overcame harsh climate and challenging geography to create the “railway built of gold”.
Flying to the Yukon is as easy as any other major travel destination. Alaska has spectacular sights along its highways, including endless mountains, colourful glaciers and fresh or salt waterways.
Once in the Yukon you can camp under the midnight sun. Explore at your own pace, spend time doing the things you want to do and don’t worry about time restrictions, you make your own schedule.