This is the #1 coffee joint in Carcross..also has the museum. The rail tracks are part of the White Pass system. Ah seen the trax, ain't seen the injun.
If you have ever seen the dunes of Oregon, then this should look awfully familiar to you.
BackgroundCarcross Desert is commonly referred to as a desert, but is actually a series of northern sand dunes. The area's climate is too humid to be considered a true desert. The sand was formed during the last ice age, when large glacial lakes formed and deposited silt. When the lakes dried, the dunes were left behind. Today, sand comes mainly from nearby Bennett Lake, carried by wind. The dunes contain a wide variety of plants, including unusual varieties such as Baikal sedge and Yukon lupine, among others.
The Yukon Territorial government made efforts to protect Carcross Desert in 1992, but failed due to opposition from locals who use the dunes for recreational purposes.
Climaterain shadow effect caused by surrounding mountains. As a result, several rare species of plant life have taken hold in the comparatively arid conditions. Carex sabulosa, or Baikal sedge, is only known to exist in four other sites in North America, mainly existing in Asia. Yukon Lupine, also unusual for the surroundings, "grows like a weed." While the vegetation in the area currently locks much of the dune system in place, a large event such as a forest fire could easily clear out the vegetation and return the dunes to an active state.
Recreationsandboarding. Tourist groups also use the area for off-road scenic tours, which is allowed on the fine-grained dunes. Other summer activities include hiking and all-terrain vehicles.
In the winter, the area is used mainly for cross-country skiing and snowboarding.
The nearby White Pass and Yukon Route is a popular tourist attraction, bringing many tourists each year to the Carcross area.
This road cut on the Klondike Highway between the Carcross Desert and the village of Carcross shows the layer of fine sand that underlies the valleys of the Southern Lakes region.
A noticeable path of sand from Bennett Lake (left) northeastward to the Carcross Desert (top right) is present. Winds coming off the lake have continued to blow fine sands and dust from the shore into the dunes over the past 10 000 years, continually filling the ‘desert’ with new material and preventing most types of vegetation from entrenching themselves.
Spirit Lake...south of Whitehorse, just north of Carcross
A lady from Chicago was intercepted. She was on a cruise ship that was docked in Skagway and this was her CDN adventure....coming to Carcross.