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Visit the Yukon

Picture a vast open wilderness, vibrant indigenous culture and a population of wildlife larger than man; if you are seeking adventure, then Yukon is where you will find it.

The landscape of the Yukon will leave you speechless from the moment you arrive. Over 20 mountains in the St. Elias Range exceed 4,000 metres tall and Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, rises to a gobsmacking 6,000 metres in the air.

The thundering Yukon River winds its way through 3,000km of land, rivers and national parks. The Carcross Desert is the smallest in the world at just one square mile, and the merciless 1,000-mile Yukon Quest is known as the hardest dog sledging race on earth. The lack of human population allows some of North America’s most impressive wildlife to flourish. Keep your eyes peeled and you could spot grizzly bears, wolves, moose and much more.

In the winter, enjoy ice-fishing on frozen lakes, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling across a variety of terrains. The warmer weather will allow you to try horseback riding through the wilderness, camping, canoeing and kayaking along the rapid ravines.

If you would like to experience a slightly more cosmopolitan side of The Yukon, head to the capital city of Whitehorse. Wander the streets and admire the unique architecture before indulging in one of the restaurants, where locally sourced ingredients, fresh seafood and wild game will provide you will a meal you will never forget. If you need to burn off some calories after an indulgent feast, hike or cycle along the 5-mile Millennium Loop, which will take you along the banks of the Yukon River with mountain vistas at all times.

Yukon’s First Nations culture is thriving, and a visit here will provide you will a fascinating insight into native past, present and future. Carvers, weavers, sculptors, painters, poets, filmmakers and dancers take inspiration from the majesty of their land, history and communities to create visual art and performances that will capture your heart and imagination. Keep a lookout for galleries, festivals and events across The Yukon that will enthral you from the moment you arrive.

Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side in The Yukon? With direct flights from various regional airports, our Canada Travel Specialists can tailor-make your perfect holiday to include this beautiful city. Your own personal advisor can tailor-make your trip to suit your exact requirements, and our holiday payment plans and low deposits mean your dream holiday can be just around the corner.

The capital of Yukon is Whitehorse.
About 60 percent of Yukon is covered in northern boreal forest
The Carcross desert in the Yukon is affectionately known as the smallest desert in the world
The name “Yukon” originated from the Gwich'in native word "Yuk-un-ah," meaning "Great River"
Yukon’s Mount Logan, in Kluane National Park and Reserve, is the highest mountain in Canada
The Northern Lights are at their brightest between October to April
In Northern Yukon you can witness the Midnight Sun
Archaeological evidence suggests that the Yukon has been inhabited for 12,000 years.
Local wildlife includes grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, moose, muskox, and millions of migratory birds
Of all the 37,642 people living in the Yukon, 29,029 can be found in the capital of Whitehorse
The Arctic Circle crosses The Yukon, near the Ni'iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park
Yukon - Don't wait for someday - Canada Travel Specialists
Visit The Yukon this year with Canada Travel Specialists
Things to do in the Yukon

1. Kluane National Park and Reserve

Kluane National Park is the perfect stop for any thrill-seekers in Yukon. Packed full of ice fields, lush forestry and lofty mountain peaks, this park is home to over 22,000km of wilderness that is just waiting to be discovered. We suggest you camp here to truly become one with nature, before rafting the Alsek River and mountaineering in the Icefield Ranges.

2. Visit Dawson City

Explore the legend of the Klondike Gold Rush as you walk the streets of Dawson City. Situated along the Yukon riverbank, the city almost feels frozen in time and is home to a rich historical legacy that can only be found in this, the treasure of Yukon. You can even try panning for gold yourself in one of the operating mines!

3. Tour the SS Klondike

Now a national historic site in Canada, visiting the SS Klondike allows you to discover the development of the Yukon River. We suggest you take a guided tour of the interior before embarking on a stroll along the Millennium Walkway Trail.

4. MacBride Museum:

One of the gems of the province, the MacBride Museum will teach you all about Yukon’s coloured past. From Gold Rush fever to the birth of Whitehorse, this museum has engaging, entertaining exhibits to cover it all. If you’re visiting in July, make sure you check out the desserts and jazz events held at the museum.

5. Miles Canyon :   

Perhaps the most dramatic element of Whitehorse’s landscape is Miles Canyon, where the mighty Yukon River cuts through basaltic lava flows. Walk across the 85-foot suspension bridge and gaze in wonder at the rapids beneath you. Once you are ready to leave, view the majesty from above from an overlook on Miles Canyon Trail, or walk one of the many trains for unique vantage points.

Places to eat in the Yukon

1. Klondike Rib and Salmon

This quaint restaurant is only open during the summer season, but the delicious food makes it worth the wait! Their ribs are legendary and they only use the freshest local seafood. This is a very popular eatery so you may need to queue – it is definitely worth the wait.

2. Yukon Meat and Sausage

Visiting the deli of this meat packer is a great way to try local meats at budget-friendly prices elk. We suggest you try elk sausage roll or the beef pot pie.

3. Lulu’s Lunch Truck

Another summer must, Lulu’s Lunch Truck is great for cheap, cheerful homecooked food. Try the veggie tart and parmesan fries!

4. Burnt Toast Café

This rustic-style restaurant is popular amongst both locals and visitors, serving delicious food all day. Make sure you go for lunch the sandwiches are delicious!

5. Antoinette’s

Antoinette’s is a great choice if you would like a taste of the Caribbean in the middle of Whitehorse. The menu is packed full of globally inspired cuisine and the welcoming service and atmosphere will keep you coming back for more.

Top tips for visiting the Yukon

1. Visiting in Summer

If you would like to experience Yukon in the warmer weather, we suggest you visit between May and October. The average temperature in July is around 20 degrees and with 20 hours of daylight, you can enjoy countless activities every day.

2. Visiting in Winter

Alternatively, if you would love to see the province coated in snow, visit between November and April. Make sure you pack lots of layers – the temperatures can drop to a chilly -13 degrees with just 4.5 hours of daylight in December.

3. Wildlife Watching

Dreaming of catching a glimpse of some of the wildlife that calls Yukon home? The summer months are the ideal time for spotting majestic creatures throughout the landscape.

4. See the Northern Lights

If you would like to visit in the winter but you’re concerned about the colder weather, fear not – the chillier months are the perfect time to watch the Aurora Borealis light up the night sky. For your best viewing chances, choose a clear evening around midnight.

5. Visit Dawson City

Dawson City is worth a visit, as it is a great combination of a modern city that is also home to wooden sidewalks, saloon bars and dirt streets.

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