Visitor Information: Carcross Visitor Reception Centre (first building to your left when you cross the railroad tracks). This complex of small buildings is called the Carcross Commons. The colourful crests on the fronts of these buildings are representative of First Nations’ clans. The centre is painted with the “welcoming crest and is operated by Tourism Yukon. Open daily May 1 to Sept. 30, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Phone 867-821-4431.
Carcross is located 44 miles/71 km south-southeast of Whitehorse and 65 miles north of Skagway, AK, on the South Klondike Highway.
Originally known as Caribou Crossing, because of the large number of caribou that traversed the narrows here between Bennett and Nares lakes, Carcross became a stopping place for gold stampeders during the Klondike Gold Rush. It was a major stop on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad from 1900 until 1982, when the railroad ceased through train service to Whitehorse. In the early days, passengers and freight transferred from rail to sternwheelers at Carcross. A general store, gift shops, gas, camping and lodging are available in Carcross.
- The White Pass & Yukon Route Railway currently runs a popular trip down to Skagway from Carcross with motorcoach option available on to Whitehorse.
- Historic attractions here incluce St. Saviour’s Anglican Church (1902) and the little locomotive Duchess, which operated until 1921.
- Carcross Desert, the world’s small desert, is located about 2 miles from Carcross at Milepost S 66.6 South Klondike Highway.
- Caribou Crossing Trading Post at Milepost S 67.2 has a wildlife museum (includes the world’s largest polar bear and a life-size woolly mammoth), dog cart rides and a cafe with soups and sandwiches.
- Emerald or Rainbow Lake, one of the most colourful lakes in the Yukon is located approximately 6 miles north of Carcross on South Klondike Highway.