Bennett Lake Scenic Journey

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    The White Pass Railroad, paralleling the Chilkoot Trail, is built on a century worth of history
  • White Pass scenic railway
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    A look at the Bennett Station House where lunch is served before continuing on the journey
  • Emerald Lake, Yukon
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    A stop with a small touring group at Emerald Lake make for an unreal photo opportunity
  • White Pass Scenic Railway
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    Bennett, B.C. is only accessible by hiking the Chilkoot Trail or by taking this tour – very exclusive experience!
  • Yukon Territory
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    A once-in-a-lifetime chance to journey into Canada’s unexplored Yukon Territory
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    Trade for train for a mini-coach at Carcross, Yukon and continue on to Emerald Lake
  • Chilkoot Trail train
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    Magnificent views around every stretch and the highway return trip provides a whole new perspective on the land
  • Bennett Alaska train
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    A stop at the Bennett Station House for lunch provides a great meal with amazing surroundings
  • Chilkoot Trail Lake Bennett
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    Believe it or not, this was a bustling area in the late 1800s where Klondikers began an arduous journey to Dawson City, Yukon
  • White Pass and Yukon Route
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    The history outlining the Klondike Gold Rush, the Chilkoot Trail, and Lake Bennett is well-presented on this tour
This is a unique Skagway train experience, taking you further along the route than the majority of the train tours departing from Skagway. Whereas many round-trip White Pass railroad experiences climb to the top of White Pass summit and turn around, this excursion explores Canada's Yukon Territory. Coupled with a guided bus tour, enjoy the scenery from 2 different perspectives with fully narrated history along the way. Add all the features of the normal White Pass railroad excursions with a Yukon experience to see more scenery, reach a little further off the beaten path and get different perspective on the return trip back to Skagway. This is an exclusive Skagway train tour offered once a day and has limited seating so advanced reservations are recommended.

What to expect and what not to expect with this Skagway shore excursion

If you're researching Skagway tours then you've undoubtedly heard about the White Pass train, a historic, narrow-gauge railroad that climbs up and over White Pass Summit and meanders into Canada's Yukon Territory. It's universally accepted as one of those "must" activities in terms of things to do in Skagway Alaska, and with good reason. We offer the Bennett Lake Scenic Journey specifically because it is the pinnacle of the White Pass scenic railway options available. It spans the entire 67.5 mile route, bypassing the typical White Pass Summit turn-around and continues on even further into Carcross, Yukon.

  • Journey further than typical Skagway train tours, see Yukon Territory
  • 8 hours duration
  • Combination train AND bus tour
  • Lunch included on the train
  • PASSPORT REQUIRED
  • This train is not equipped with a wheelchair lift

Rather than retracing the same track back to town as the majority of the Skagway train trips do, this tour is paired with a bus trip in a small touring bus that gives guests a different perspective, includes an informative narrative from a friendly guide and explores more scenery, making this combination tour the best Alaska train experience available. Stops at Emerald Lake, Carcross and views of Yukon's Southern Lakes Region are all added bonuses on this Skagway shore excursion.

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.

SKAGWAY TOURS DETAILS:

  • Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to participate on this tour.
  • Accessibility: This tour has a moderate level of activity. This particular train is not equipped with wheelchair access so participants must be able to walk up and down a few steps.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Including 'Flex Cancel' allows cancellations and refunds up to 24-hours before the tour. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with Flex Cancel) are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: In preparing for Skagway excursions, we recommend dressing in layers as Alaskan weather can change quickly. Dress comfortably and pack a rain jacket just in case. Don’t forget your camera!
For availability and timing, complete the information on the sidebar
The 7:45 a.m. departure begins with the train first with a return bus ride to Skagway. The 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. departures begin with the bus ride first with the return train trip to Skagway.

DayTour TIMEBoarding Timedurationdrop-off time
Tuesday7:45 a.m.7:30 a.m.8 hours3:45 p.m.
9:45 a.m.9:30 a.m.8 hours5:45 p.m.
Wednesday7:45 a.m.7:30 a.m.8 hours3:45 p.m.
9:45 a.m.9:30 a.m.8 hours5:45 p.m.
Thursday7:45 a.m.7:30 a.m.8 hours3:45 p.m.
9:45 a.m.9:30 a.m.8 hours5:45 p.m.
Friday7:45 a.m.7:30 a.m.8 hours3:45 p.m.
Saturday8:45 a.m.8:30 a.m.8 hours4:45 p.m.

Not available Sundays or Mondays.
  • Adult Rate: $228.00
  • Child Rate: $114.00
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:How long is this excursion?
This Skagway shore excursion lasts approximately 8 hours from start to finish, encompassing a full-day tour. Lunch is included on the train, and there is a little free time in Carcross, Yukon for shopping and exploring.
Q:Our ship arrives at 7:00 a.m. - will we have time to make this tour?
Yes! Actually, most ships coming into Skagway throughout the summer share a 7:00 a.m. port time and in many ways the 7:45 a.m. departure is geared towards guests arriving at 7:00 a.m. Just be prepared to disembark early or on time and there shouldn't be any problems making it to the meeting location on time.
Q:What is the lunch?
On each departure, a lunch is served on board the train between the Bennett Station House and Carcross. It is a hearty boxed lunch consisting of a sandwich, chips, side, and dessert.
Q:Where do we meet for this tour, at the train?
Participants must check-in at the White Pass depot office to obtain tickets for this tour.
Q:Why are passports required for this tour?
This tour enters Canada’s Yukon Territory and passports will be required to go through the Canadian customs post, as well as to re-enter the United States. Passports are required for all adults and children accompanying parents should have an original or certified copy of birth certificate or a passport. If one or both parents are not traveling with the child, a notarized letter of authorization from the absent parent(s) is also necessary to cross into Canada. Every passenger should be informed of the requirements on your confirmation form. If passengers show up for the tour without the proper ID, they will not be allowed to board. While we will attempt to accommodate passengers lacking identification, there is no guarantee that suitable arrangements can be made, and no refund will be given under these circumstances. Passengers with felonies, DUI, or criminal charges are not allowed entry into Canada.
Q:What times are the departures?
The departure times for all of our excursions vary by the day. Please check the sidebar to the right for availability information.
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Rating of This tour has received an average of 4.76 stars on a total of 21 Ratings

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Josephine R
Orlando, FL
2016/07/03

Order of travel was switched without notifying us. We were scheduled to ride the train up to Bennet Lake and then bus down on the return. We did not find out about the change until we were told to board the bus.

Temperature in van/bus was cold. We repeatedly asked the driver to turn up the heat, but there was no noticeable difference in temperature.

Stop time at Bennet Lake was extended from 45 mins to 1 hour without asking if the time extension was agreeable to us. This was especially annoying because mosquitoes were particularly bad at that time, and part of the trail was closed to our exploration due to a bear sighting. We could have used less time, not more time at the site.

The RR history itself was interesting and worth seeing. Staff could have been more sensitive to our interests and needs.

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Reg and Sherry A
Windermere, BC. Canada
2016/07/03

It as one of three highlights of our recent camping trip to Alaska. Without question I would recommend the Bennett Train - 8 hour trip. The scenery can only be seen with this way of travel, the commentary was excellent and even the food served was very good. While it appears expensive when first reading of the trip I can only say that it was worth every penny. Highly recommend this trip

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Jean G
Minnesota
2016/06/15
Simply Amazing!

I would recommend this train trip to anyone. We had so much fun. The people were so knowledgeable and friendly. We saw wild life, waterfalls, and traveling into the Yukon was great! Go you won't be disappointed.

Massimo M
Massimo M
Italy
2016/06/13
Great scenic railway

Great scenic railway and wonderful drive back to Skagway. The bus driver Larry was really nice.

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Jack L
Traverse City, MI
2016/06/05
Beautiful Trip

The train ride was absolutely wonderful. We had perfect weather. The scenery was fantastic. Leaving from Skagway, you will get better scenery on the left side of the train (facing forward) than the right, as the left side is mostly valley facing and the right side mostly faces the side of the mountain. The narration on the train ride is informative and helpful. We are very happy we took this tour rather than the excursion through our cruise ship, as this tour took us into the Yukon Territory - another check off our travel bucket list. The coach ride back was very comfortable, with a knowledgeable and funny driver. Very happy we chose this tour!!!

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