Province/Territory: Yukon Territory

Yukon summer fun under the Midnight Sun

  • 483610 square kilometres of Northern playgroundxx
  • 24 hours of daylight under the Midnight Sun
  • 1896 Klondike Gold Rush

Unleashed from a long winter, summertime in the Yukon in Canada’s northwestern corner is an explosion of activities from artistic and cultural to outdoor adventure. Go canoeing and spot a moose grazing the riverside. Dance to Northern bands jamming at a festival in round-the-clock sunshine. Slide into a wilderness hot spring. Drive the wilderness gravel Dempster Highway across the Arctic Circle. Meet experienced local First Nations guides who will introduce you to northern “country foods” like caribou and muskox. Swing into a saloon in the real gold-rush town of Dawson City. Ride the Whitepass and Yukon vintage mountain train. Go outside and play in nature’s backyard where bush planes soar. Hike with views of jagged peaks, ice fields and glaciers in Kluane National Park and Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Roast marshmallows over a campfire beside the shore of a pristine lake. Then head to your log cabin, tent or luxury lodge for a silent night beneath the Midnight Sun.

Why you should visit
  • Learn to cancan and go panning for Klondike gold in Dawson City, a National Historic Site of Canada.
  • Drumming, dancing and learning about local First Nations during the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse every June.
  • Spend summer solstice mountain biking under the Midnight Sun with Boreal Explorers and sleep in a deluxe yurt.
  • Hike the Tombstone Mountains on a drive along the epic Dempster Highway across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik.
  • Grab a paddle and go on a multi-day wilderness river canoeing trip with Ruby Range Adventures [SEC Yukon River – The Classic: Lake Laberge to Dawson City – Ruby Range Adventure Ltd.]
  • Feel the rhythm of the north in churches, saloons and a wild west theatre during the Dawson City Music Festival.
Visitor information
  • Book tickets and accommodation early if you plan on attending summer festivals as they sell out quickly, the Dawson City Music Festival in particular.
  • If you are planning to undertake one of the Yukon's many scenic wilderness road trips, be sure to stock up on maps, supplies and safety information before heading off.
When to go
  • Above the Arctic Circle, there is 24 hour light from May into August.
  • Days are long in May and June, but lakes can still be icy, nights chilly and northern roads may be muddy.
  • Long mid-summer days in July and August are perfect for hiking, biking, paddling and road tripping.
  • From mid-August through September the weather is cooler but bug-free, a time when forests and tundra turn yellow, orange and red with autumn colours. Since nights are longer, it is often possible to see the Aurora Borealis shimmering across the dark sky.
Need to know
  • Whitehorse is the territorial capital and its biggest city. Dawson City [NEW DAWSON CITY PAGE] is the next biggest town. Both have a selection of banks, hotels, restaurants and shops.
  • Pack sunscreen as a block against the Midnight Sun and insect repellent to keep bugs away.
  • Bring layers of clothing as temperatures in the territory's north can be chilly, even in summer.
Getting Here
  • Whitehorse is located in the northern territory of Yukon in Canada’s Western Arctic. There are regular flights from southern Canada, the Northwest Territories and Alaska (as well as seasonal flights from Germany) to Whitehorse Airport (YXY).
  • There are also regular flights from Whitehorse to Dawson Airport (YDA).
  • The Yukon can also be reached by road from Southern Canada on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway from British Columbia and via the Alaska Highway.
  • View current Yukon highway information.
  • 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.