The Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada, is wild, mountainous and sparsely populated. Kluane National Park and Reserve includes Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, as well as glaciers, trails and the Alsek River. In the far north is Ivvavik National Park, with protected calving grounds for Porcupine caribou. In the south are numerous glacier-fed alpine lakes, including boldly coloured Emerald Lake.
Yukon, formerly Yukon Territory, territory of northwestern Canada, an area of rugged mountains and high plateaus. It is bounded by the Northwest Territories to the east, by British Columbia to the south, and by the U.S. state of Alaska to the west, and it extends northward above the Arctic Circle to the Beaufort Sea. The capital is Whitehorse.
Though officially bilingual (English and French), the Yukon government also recognizes First Nations languages. There are 14 unique First Nations in the Yukon. This ancient territory has been home to the Indigenous peoples of Yukon for centuries—roughly 12,000 years. About 80% of the Yukon is wilderness.
Population: 36,858 (2021)
Official Website: https://www.gov.nu.ca/
Whitehorse, like Dawson City, owes its existence to the Klondike Gold Rush, which began in 1897. Having survived the arduous and sometimes deadly journey from Skagway over White Pass, gold prospectors had to negotiate the Miles Canyon and Whitehorse rapids before descending the Yukon River to Dawson’s riches.
From the first arrivals, a small settlement grew up on the river’s right bank, opposite the present town. The seething, foaming waters of the rapids, rearing like white steeds, gave the settlement its name – Whitehorse. The rocks that caused the rapids are still there but are now peacefully submerged beneath the waters of Schwatka Lake, created when the river was dammed in 1958.
- Tour the SS Klondike National Historic Site
- Explore Miles Canyon
- See Native Animals at Yukon Wildlife Preserve
- Watch the Northern Lights
- Whitehorse Fishladder & Hatchery
- MacBride Museum of Yukon Histor
- Old Log Church Museum
- Yukon Transportation Museum
- Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre
- Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
- Enjoy a Soak at Takhini Hot Springs
- Take a town tour provided by the Yukon Historical & Museums Association
- Yukon Arts Centre
- Yukon Government Building
- Emerald Lake