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Bennett Lake Scenic Journey


All aboard for one of the world’s most famous scenic train journeys! Travel the same route that the Klondike stampeders used during the gold rush of 1898 aboard the historic White Pass train! You’ll travel in a vintage carriage from Skagway all the way to Canada’s Yukon Territory on the Bennett Lake Scenic Journey. Your route on this classic Skagway train journey covers 67.5 miles to the town of Carcross in the Yukon, passing through a wonderland of snow-capped peaks, towering forests, crystal lakes, and cascading waterfalls. Along the way you’ll stop off at the 1903 Bennett Station for a browse through the historic White Pass Museum and a walking tour of the historic gold rush townsite, followed by a hearty lunch back on-board as the train travels beside the placid beauty of Lake Bennett toward Carcross. Meet your guide at the Carcross train depot to continue along the scenic Klondike Highway for a different viewpoint on your return journey! Visit sights not accessible from the railroad such as Emerald Lake and Carcross Desert before returning to Skagway.

This exclusive Skagway train journey goes further into the Yukon Territory than most other White Pass train excursions, which only go as far as White Pass Summit. Enter the Southern Lakes Region of Canada as the railroad wraps around a remote section of Bennett Lake not accessible by any other way. This exclusive journey is Tuesday through Saturday, but limited seating means it’s advisable to book early. This fantastic scenic train journey is a chance to experience areas of incredible natural beauty that are otherwise only accessible by hiking the famous Chilkoot Trail. It’s an epic all-day adventure that is truly unforgettable! The 7:45 a.m. departures begin with the train first and the Klondike highway second while the 9:45 a.m. departures operate in reverse order.


Looking for an even more private and customizable extended tour? You may want to explore our Private Bennett Lake Scenic Journey or Private Emerald Lake Tour.

8 Hours Duration

Ventures further along the track

White Pass Railroad

Rich history paired with scenic views

Food Provided

Lunch served on board the train

Passports Required

Enters beautiful Yukon Territory, CA




Cultural & Historical, Family-friendly, Off the Beaten Path, Train


7 ½ hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate


Minimum Age

There is no minimum age to participate on this tour.


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 refunds up until 24-hours before the tour., Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with 'Flex Cancel') are nonrefundable.

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28 reviews for Bennett Lake Scenic Journey

  1. 5 out of 5

    Enjoyed it immensely!The train ride was wonderful. Beautiful scenery and the train staff was great about pointing out all the unique features along the route, as well as some interesting stories about some of the historical characters involved in the Klondike Gold Rush. Lunch was better than expected.
    We were able to spend about 30 minutes in Carcross, but several shops were closed. The trip to Emerald Lake and back to Skagway was as good as the train ride up. Our bus driver, James, was so engaging! He is an awesome story teller. He was happy to stop and let us take photos, even offering to take photos of couples, etc. Definitely recommend this tour!

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Amazing SceneryThe train was in excellent condition and a lot of fun. The journey up to the Whitepass summit was excellent.

    The scenery throughout the journey was amazing. It would be good if the train had speakers out on the platforms as well. Had to choose between hearing the commentary, or being outside to take better pictures.

    Bennett Lake was a wonderful extension from what the summit trip would have provided. Would have preferred a bit longer in Carcross (at least another 15 minutes). The time provided was inadequate to do anything. Only managed to stick my head in one shop. We got back almost a half hour early, so wondered if the bus driver rushed the departure.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    A Don't Miss!Excellent tour of scenic beauty and historic events. The train is comfortable and relaxing and there isn't a bad seat. The box lunch provided on the 8 hour bus/train trip was very good! Ample amounts of bottled water provided. Great way to spend a day in Skagway.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    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.

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  5. 4 out of 5

    White Pass Yukon tripWe enjoyed this trip very much. We were a little cramped all into one train compartment even though another one was completely empty . Not sure why?
    The scenery was spectacular & the history lesson was informative. If doing it again, I would sit on the left-hand side as that was where all the views were. On the right side was mostly up close and personal with the rock faces - and I do mean very close - sometimes within inches! hahaha
    The box lunch unfortunately would have been pretty good, except the tomatoes were still frozen in the sandwich and the pasta salad was hard, probably still frozen too, but it was palatable. Lots of choices of food in my box lunch though.
    The stops made on the journey were a bit too short - Bennett Lake - the highlight - was only 30 mins long and that wasn't enough to go for the walk that was described to us that we could do - it was a 45 min walk so that was out.
    The coach ride back was very nice and the driver gave us lots of info along the way which made it go by quickly as well as picture taking opportunities!
    Would I recommend this trip - probably, but I felt it was a bit pricey for what it was. Considering the economy and this excursion only runs for a short period of time during the year, I understand the company needs to cover all costs, but we don't normally spend that kind of money for scenery opportunities, but then again it's Alaska!

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Bennett Lake TripAlthough we had some clouds and poor visibility at times, the views opened up and it was gorgeous. So many different kinds of terrain as we progressed! The information shared about the making of the railway and the Goldrush was just enough. The lunch was very good (and a lot). Be advised that if you get a little motion sick, sit facing forward. This is a bumpy ride. I enjoyed our stops and the bus ride back was also enjoyable. We saw Emerald Lake and the desert, the Welcome to Yukon and Welcome to Alaska signs. Our driver even took photos for us. We learned more about living in Alaska from our driver than any other place on our trip. Carcross was small but a nice stop. The whole trip was a winner. My 16 year old son enjoyed it as well, and he's not big on scenery.

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful time..just make sure you prepare yourself for an all day adventure.

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Views were amazingThe Bennett Lake trip to Carcross was wonderful. The views were amazing and the lunch served was great. The two attendants on the train were very personable and we enjoyed their narrative and conversation.

    I would recommend this tour.

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Bennett Lake trip - amazing viewsThe train to Carcross, with the stop at Bennett Lake, was fantastic. We were in the last car and the views from the platform were incredible. The only "complaint" would be that we wished that we had a longer stay in Bennett Lake - we could have explored the area for much longer.

    The service on the train was great, the views incredible, the bus ride back from Carcross was entertaining with multiple stops for views, pictures and more information and history from our driver.

    I would strongly recommend the trip that includes Bennett Lake. Eating your lunch with these amazing views and the ability to see some of the Yukon made for a great day.

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  10. 5 out of 5

    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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  11. 5 out of 5

    Great scenic railwayGreat scenic railway and wonderful drive back to Skagway. The bus driver Larry was really nice.Bennett Lake Scenic Journey Review

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Beautiful TripThe 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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  13. 5 out of 5


    My family and I were planning a trip to Alaska, and one of the things I knew we needed to do was take a trip on the railroad. Boy was it worth it.

    The staff at the station were very courteous and helpful. We boarded our train right on time and were on our way.

    The view all along the rail was breathtaking. It was great to hear the history and some of the facts.

    Lunch was great, and the views at Lake Bennett were spectacular.

    The real surprise was the bus ride back. Our driver was so personable, helpful, and even stopped a few times along the way at scenic spots. We even got to see a momma bear and her two cubs on the way back!

    It was also nice knowing we were supporting the history of the region.

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Train up, lunch and then bus back was the best!We really enjoyed the historic train trip up to Lake Bennett. "Josh" was great at giving up "minute-by-minute" information on the sites and history of the route and train. Lunch at the Lake was awesome (hearty beef stew, bread, cole slaw, home-made apply pie). Then we hopped on a bus with "Brian" to continue on to Carcross and saw Emerald Lake, Bridal Veil Falls, the summit landscape, glaciers, "Welcome to" Yukon and "Alaska" roadside stops. So glad we didn't go train round-trip! This was the way to go. Highly recommended it for a Skagway day trip. So much to see, we didn't want to miss a minute of it.

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Great trip

    Great excursion with an awesome beef stew served at Bennett. Train trip is a little long for the 67.5 miles but very beautiful along the way.

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Breath Taking Views

    We booked this excursion on our own prior to our cruise which saved us $20 total. However, it took us farther than the cruise line tour. The views were breath taking and nothing that I have ever seen before (remember, I live in the AZ desert :) ). We saw a grizzly with her two cubs munching on berries close to the road on our way to Emerald Lake. Our tour guide (Kevin) was full of interesting facts.

    Now the train ride was a different story and one that my husband will never live down. At the first stop (Fraser BC) out of Skagway, my husband got off the train to visit the depots facilities. Being the great train conductor he was, I'm sorry his name slips my mind, he kept the train on time. Sadly, my husband was still in the depot when the engineer received the "lets go" call and down the track we headed, minus one person. They were happy to back up the train and pick up Jim. All this took less then 10 min's. The Conductor was a cheerful gentleman and told Jim he had joined an exclusive club that day. He was happy to have his picture taken with Jim and offered to take pictures of us.

    We would recommend this excursion to anyone and will take it again on our next visit to Skagway.

    Thank you for making our 30th wedding anniversary trip memorable.

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Fantastic Bennet Lake

    What a fantastic day. Starting with our bus ride with lots of viewing / photo stops and then onto the train for the journey back to Skagway. It was great to get the different perspectives with knowledgeable guides in both directions. Lunch at Bennet Lake was actually quite tasty. We would definitely recommend this excursion.

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Fabulous Tour to the Yukon!

    Overall, this is a great tour. The first part, on the White Pass Railway, is a thrilling ride on a narrow gauge railway. It follows the trail of the gold rush with lots of history. The stop in Bennett Lake allows you to put your feet on the end of the Chilkoot Trail. A delightful day in Alaska AND Canada!

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Relaxing and beautiful journey to Bennett Lake

    The scenery is just gorgeous and we enjoyed the stops on the bus ride back to Skagway. It got a little boring for the young adults in our family, plus we were all tired from traveling and the early start of this excursion but not the tours fault for that! Snacks might have made it a little better since there was no time to eat before we headed into town from the ship. Overall a nice trip that went off without a hitch.

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheer delight

    A train buff friend recommended we take the Bennett Lake trip this June. It was a beautiful ride and lovely experience. We learned a great deal about its history and the territory involved. Our guide, David, had just the right blend of doling out information without burying you in too much forgettable stuff. The train itself is romantically old-time -- although one might complain that the diesel engines don't make a good choo-choo sound! Lunch at Bennett Lake was a good and great surprise. Highly recommend!

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    How long is this excursion?

    Answer: 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.

    Our ship arrives at 7:00 a.m. - will we have time to make this tour?

    Answer: 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.

    What is the lunch?

    Answer: 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.

    Where do we meet for this tour, at the train?

    Answer: Participants must check-in at the White Pass depot office to obtain tickets for this tour.

    Why are passports required for this tour?

    Answer: 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.

    What times are the departures?

    Answer: 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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