Carcross Things to Do
If you have a car then a stop at Emerald Lake may well be of interest. Although the photo does not do it justice, it is generally a strong green colour especially if the sun is shining as it is a reflection of the marl, a mixture of clay and calcium carbonate at the bottom of the shallow waters which are reflecting sunlight back.Related to:
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There's nothing like a stroll around town to get a feel for a place. Carcross isn't very big. I've known football fields that were bigger. But it's what it is. There's an information center (or centre as they spell it up there) that can stamp your passport for you!! That was a plus for me! :) Take a browse by the trading post right next to the hotel that's in this picture. And around from a post office, there's not much else.Related to:
The Yukon is home to the smallest desert in the world, less than 260 hectares.
This desert is the remains of the sandy bottom of a glacial lake left after our last ice age.
The dry climate and the strong wind conditions is what created the sand dunes and what allows little vegetation to grow.
This little restaurant has great cinnamon buns. They also have an espresso machine albeit not the greatest, but hey, you're in the Yukon. Best latte we found since leaving Ancorage. We had a great lunch here and enjoyed the view of the sheep grazing on the hillside nearby. The owners are very amicable and interesting. The place is simple but cozy. If the weather is good you can sit outside. This place is too small to attract the tour buses, another big plus.Related to:
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This great little roadhouse bakery is just outside of Carcross and is run by the cutest little couple...Bobo and Gail....Like their sign says,"If you dont eat here we will both starve!" Its northern hospitality at its best....baked goods and sandwiches and coffee and a little gift shop.Fantastic food.
Sit and chat with them...learn things..slow down and relax...pay with Canadian dollars and they will REALLY love you!!!
Favorite Dish: Rhubarb Cinnamon Bun
Apple cinnamon bun
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From the outside, it looks like an ordinary post office. But step inside, there's a gift shop section with postcards & souvenir stationery items that would rival any post office in nearby Whitehorse. It's the perfect place to find unique Canadian souvenirs. If you're making a brief stop in the Yukon while riding the White Pass & Yukon Route train from Skagway, why not stop in and have a look. The staff is very friendly.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Most tourists who come to Carcross do so as cruise passengers on a day trip from Skagway. There isn't a whole lot here - a tourist info/restroom stop, Watson general store, a couple tourist stores and a chapel. But Carcross has the only gasoline and food for miles.
A few miles further north on the South Klondike Highway is Spirit Lake and Emerald Lake, where many travelers make their U-turn. Gorgeous - the most photographed lake in the Yukon. You'll also pass Carcross Desert, the smallest desert in the world, as well as Caribou Crossing, a kitschy wildlife park/gift store. Cinnamon Cache is a great place to have a homemade ham sandwich and gigantic cinnamon roll (if it's still open - owner was having health problems).
A very good guide to the area is by Yukon Murray: http://explorenorth.com/library/communities/canada/carcross.htmlRelated to:
Favorite thing: There is also some interpretation right on the highway of own of Carcross and the Yukon's most famous icons in history. Skookum Jim.
The man known as Skookum Jim was a Tagish Indian of the Wolf Clan. Originally from the Dyea area, he took his English surname, Mason, from a trader who had a store at Dyea. His original Tagish name was Keishe.
He received his nickname Skookum, meaning strong, because of the huge loads he could carry. He worked as a packer on the Chilkoot Pass and was responsible for guiding Captain William Moore over teh White Pass, which until then had been unknown to the outside world.
William Ogilvie, a surveyor who later become commissioner of the territory, used Skookum Jim's servies when he travelled over teh Chilkoot in 1887.
Skookum Jim later went to Dawson and met up with a prospector named George Carmack, who was married to Jim's sister, Kate. In 1896 he was one of the first discoverers of gold in the Klondike and staked Claim Number One Above Discovery on Bonanza Creek. He worked his famous claim for a number of years and later bought out Carmack's claims, selling all of them in 1904 for $65,000.
With his money he retruend to Carcross and built a beautiful two storey house, which still stands today. He seldom spent time there, but as usually off prospecting, although he never matched his Dawson find.
Ill health forced him to return to Carcross and he died in July 1916. He left hsi considerable fortune in a fund for the assistance of Yukon Indian people, a legacy that is still carried on today.
Source: Road Side Interpretation Sign
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