The Yukon tailor-made holidays
Canada's Yukon is a region of mountains, lakes, glaciers and rivers, home to an abundance of wildlife including moose, elk and grizzly bears, Canada’s five tallest mountains and the world’s largest sub-Arctic ice field. It’s also a region steeped in history, with a past that speaks of Aboriginal longevity and the ephemeral nature of the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century, when an estimated 100,000 prospectors arrived in search of their fortune. Most journeys through the Yukon begin in its capital, and largest city, Whitehorse. Spread along the banks of the Yukon River, at the crossroads of the province’s two great highways – the Alaska and the Klondike – this is a city that rewards those that scratch beneath its surface. Among its surprises are a vibrant arts scene and several heritage buildings hidden among an otherwise modern cityscape. But it’s the world beyond the city limits that defines this region, one that can be enjoyed under the glow of the Midnight Sun in summer and the celestial Northern Lights in winter.
The Yukon's wildlife
The glaciers and ice fields of the Kluane National Park support all manner of native wildlife, with everything from wandering herds of moose to Dall sheep and bears. With more animals than humans, a visit to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve affords chances to see wildlife indigenous to the north, including otter and trout in the Yukon River with self-led or guided canoeing trips, admiring the rich flora and fauna and even roaming grizzlies – the population of which is the highest of the whole of Canada. Fishing trips, hiking trails and biking routes also afford chances to spot woodland caribou, deer, bison, arctic foxes and dozens of bird species.
The Yukon's natural world
The wilds of Yukon are all rugged mountains, enormous glaciers, alpine lakes and winding trails. Harness the long hours of bright sunshine, and head out into the tundra; an ultra-scenic self-drive affords chances to stop along the spectacular landscapes. And, during the summer months, the sun never sets, meaning wildflowers bloom, migratory birds gather, and the ethereal midnight sun glows among the nearly half a million square kilometres of land that's home to only 32,000 people. Climb Grey Mountain's rocky ridges, valleys and alpine trails leading to a glimpse of capital Whitehorse, shadowed by volcanic cliffs, former gold rush towns and hot mineral springs – a wonderful setting to hopefully catch sight of the dazzling Northern Lights. A scenic drive along the Silver Trail between Keno and Mayo showcases the province’s rich First-Nations heritage. Then there’s Dawson City, an authentic gold-rush town, reliving the Klondike Gold Rush with working saloons, theatres and Diamond Tooth Gertie's gambling house, and the starting point of the Top of the World Highway. This magnificent stretch of road brings visitors west through a landscape of barren, snow-capped peaks and across the border into neighbouring Alaska.
Top itineraries in The Yukon
This fly-drive holiday takes in the very best of the Yukon, from historic Whitehorse to the wild landscapes of the Kluane National Park, home to wolves, grizzly bears and Canada's highest peak.
Top places to stay in The Yukon
For many the sight of the Aurora Borealis or ‘Northern Lights’ is a travelwish list tick and this is an easy 3-day extension for any Yukon itinerary.
Where to go in The Yukon
Dawson City lets you delve back to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Klondike National Historic Sites relive the past and a walk through the dirt streets of the town sees working saloons and the well-known Diamond Tooth Gertie's gambling house.
When to go to The Yukon
While the Yukon never gets really busy, the summer (May to September) sees the biggest crowds, and towns like Whitehorse and Dawson come alive with festivals. Summer also brings the endless daylight of the Midnight Sun, making it a popular time for adventure seekers, with hiking, rafting and canoeing all on the agenda. Although winters can be bitterly cold, it's also a time for activities including dog-sledding and the chance to see the Northern Lights.
The Yukon articles
Whether it’s a helicopter ride over a natural wonder or a stay in a converted lighthouse, we’ll guide you between Canada’s finest attractions.
Winter is Canada's longest season. However, rather than shut down the country comes alive with opportunities for activities and festivities. Essentially the country is one big winter playground.
There are many reasons to visit the vast, wild expanse of the Yukon in the summer. One of the main attractions is that during the summer months, from May–August, the sun never sets, meaning wildflowers bloom, migratory birds gather, and wildlife flourishes.
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