Province/Territory: Yukon Territory

Pristine Wilderness and Living History

  • 5000 kilometers of well-maintained, scenic highways
  • 1000 mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race
  • 1898 Klondike Gold Rush; the greatest human migration in history

The compact, triangular Yukon territory in Canada’s northwestern corner is a diverse and easily accessible year-round natural and cultural treasure. Follow historic travel routes and marvel at wilderness where thousands of caribou still migrate annually. Experience world-class road trips on well maintained highways and off the beaten path; even across the Arctic Circle all the way to the Arctic Ocean. Cheer on cancan dancers and stroll the wooden boardwalks of Dawson City, the heritage Klondike Gold Rush outpost where you can still pan for gold nuggets. Spot Dall sheep and grizzly bears while wildlife viewing in Kluane National Park and Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join in festivals that celebrate everything from music and winter fun to storytelling. Learn about First Nations culture at several visitor centres throughout the Yukon. Wander amoung Tombstone Territorial Park’s towering granite peaks and crystal-clear alpine lakes in the buttery light of the Midnight Sun. Go snowshoeing, snowmobiling or skiing before learning to mush your own team of huskies beneath the glittering curtains of Northern Lights.

Outdoor adventure

Arts & Culture

  • Grab a gold pan, learn to dance the cancan and walk the wooden boardwalks of Dawson City, a real gold-rush town.
  • Learn about the Yukon’s rich First Nations traditions at Visitor, Interpretive and Cultural centres in Whitehorse and throughout the Yukon.

Nature & Wildlife

  • Raft down Glacier Alley through three wilderness parks, camping beneath peaks and glaciers along the way.
  • Head to a wilderness prospector-style tent used by gold seekers and trappers, warmed by a wood-fired barrel stove and watch the multi-coloured Aurora Borealis shimmer across the skies.
  • Unwind with a dip in the Takhini Hot Springs.
  • Count Dall sheep and grizzly bears in Kluane National Park and Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Face woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre in Whitehorse.

Events & Festivals

  • From churches to batwing-doored saloons, the toe-tapping Dawson City Music Festival takes over the entire town.
  • Join a zany winter carnival during Sourdough Rendezvous in Whitehorse.
  • Chear on teams of mushers as you take in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race at one of the checkpoints from Whitehorse to Dawson City or into Alaska.

Road trips & Train travel

  • Explore the Alaska and Klondike Highways and thrill to the extra energy of the Midnight Sun.
  • Follow the legendary Dempster Highway to the Arctic Ocean.
  • Drive across ice roads, along traditional First Nations trading routes and over the Arctic Circle.

Weather

  • Temperatures and precipitation vary greatly between the territory’s north and south.
  • Expect an Arctic climate at the top of the Yukon with comfortable summer daytime highs of 11°C and nippy nights. Snow can fall any month of the year.
  • The Dawson City area has a Subarctic climate with mild summers during long sunny days; winter temperatures in January and February average about -20°C.
  • From Whitehorse south to the British Columbia border, summers are balmy, with temperatures averaging 22°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 482,443 square kilometres (186,272 square miles)
Capital City: Whitehorse
Largest City: Whitehorse
Total Population: 35,862
Official Languages: English and French  (English predominant)
Territorial Motto: Larger Than Life
 

When to go
  • Summer, from June to September, is the season for hiking, biking and paddling; exploring by highway extends from May to October.
  • Above the Arctic Circle, there is 24 hour light from May through July.
  • Fall colours blaze from late August into early October and welcome back the mystical Northern Lights.
  • Winter, from December to early April, is the best season to go dog sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and revel with the Northern Lights at night.
Getting Here
  • The Yukon lies in the centre of Northern Canada and is accessed by road from Southern Canada and Alaska or via the Whitehorse International Airport with regularly scheduled flights from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton (and seasonal direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany.)
  • In summer, sail by ferry or cruise ship along the British Columbia and Alaska coasts through the Inside Passage to Skagway, Alaska. It is then a two hour drive to Whitehorse.
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