The size of Germany, Switzerland and Austria combined - whether it is trekking into Kluane National Park and Reserve, a canoe expedition down the Yukon River, or the ultimate road trip on the Dempster, Alaska or Top of the World highways, you’re sure to find plenty of wide-open spaces, stunning scenery and countless species of wildlife. A holiday in Canada's Yukon is truly a larger than life experience!
Close your eyes and breathe in crisp Yukon air. Smell spruce sap and the earthy scent of tundra, and listen for the excited howls of husky sled dogs. Open your eyes and drink in Yukon landscapes under dancing aurora borealis. Canoe a Yukon river and dip your hands into the clearest and purest water you've ever seen. Watch a grizzly foraging in a meadow of lupins. A bald eagle soaring high overhead. A moose and her calf munching on water lilies in a pond. It’s all here in Canada’s Yukon - one of the last great untouched wilderness regions on earth....
But just because you’re taking a break from civilization doesn’t mean you’re removed from it. Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital - known as the Wilderness City - is tucked into a mountain range on the banks of the Yukon River and intersected by the Alaska and Klondike Highways. It’s home to a vibrant arts community, great restaurants, buzzing coffee houses, glitzy galleries – all within a short drive of pristine wilderness. Set at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, Dawson City was the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush. These days the town is a designated National Historic Site and you can wander along unpaved streets, down wooden boardwalks and past log cabins and false-fronted buildings. There is a rich cultural life here with many people finding Dawson the perfect place for expression. Enjoy the off-beat, colourful vibe of Dawson City, the low key ambience of Whitehorse, and the unique character of Yukon’s many smaller villages.
Whatever you choose to do, summer brings with it the magic of the midnight sun – winter skies are lit by stunning pins and green aurora borealis. In Yukon adventure really is possible 24/7!
Things to do in Yukon
- Experience the world’s largest non-polar icefield, and 12 of Canada’s 20 tallest mountains - including the greatest of them all, Mt. Logan (5959m) in Kluane National Park and Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the largest internationally protected area in the world.
- Hike the sub-arctic tundra landscape of Tombstone Territorial Park just north of Dawson City. Its particularly stunning in the fall with its carpet of red and gold and landscape that is the wintering grounds to more than 130,000 caribou – one of Canada’s last great herds of large mammals.
- Dip your paddle into the waters of the Yukon’s many famous waterways including the Yukon, Tatshenshini, Snake, Wind, and Bonnetplume, travelling by canoe, kayak or raft.
- Kick up your heels with dance hall girls and rub shoulders with grizzled miners in quaint Dawson City, home of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, the greatest gold rush the world has ever seen and now a national historic site!
- Travel by comfortable motorhome across the Arctic Circle on the Dempster Highway, Canada’s only road the cross the Arctic Circle.
- Retrace the steps of Hudson Bay Company fur traders, Klondike miners, native trappers, and World War II engineers on over 4000km of highways such as the Campbell, the Top of the World and the Alaska.
- Experience our winter wonderland. Snow covered landscapes make a spectacular backdrop for dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, skating, and of course, watching the spectacular northern lights
- Hike the famous Chilkoot Trail – a multi-day hike that retraces the steps of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush prospectors from tidewater at Skagway, Alaska to the Yukon’s interior
- Ride the famous White Pass Railroad – built during the height of the Klondike Goldrush and now an International Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Eiffel Tower and the Suez Canal.
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