Situated in the upper northwest corner of Canada, next to Alaska, Yukon is the size of Austria, Germany and Switzerland combined.
This is Canada’s most accessible northern destination and home to the Canada’s highest mountain (Mount Logan) and one of the largest non-polar icefields on Earth in Kluane National Park.
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. In fact, since there is ten times more moose, bears, wolves, caribou and goats there than people, there's the possibility of seeing wildlife around every bend!
The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, as told through the stories of Jack London and the poems of Scottish-born poet Robert Service, put the Yukon on the world map. Today, visitors can still experience this period in history by visiting Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike.
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!