This cruise excursion is perfect for families and those who are mobility impaired. You will be able to sit in a vintage parlor car while the narrow gage railroad engine takes you almost 3,000 feet up to the White Pass Summit and the international border with Canada.
At the beginning of the gold rush, the most popular route taken by prospectors to the gold fields in Dawson City, was a treacherous route from the port in Skagway, across the mountains to the Canadian border at the summit of the Chilkoot or White Passes. There, the prospectors were not allowed across by Canadian authorities unless they had one ton of supplies. This usually required several trips across the passes. There was a need for better transportation than pack horses which were used over the White Pass or human portage over the Chilkoot Pass.
You can imagine how difficult it must have been for the men building the railroad using dynamite and pickaxes and the weather and difficult living conditions would have been an incredibly harsh challenge. The last spike was finally driven in August of 1900.
The grade is steep and the train travels over high trestles and through dark mountain tunnels and sometimes seems to barely cling to the sides of the steep cliffs.