There’s a line from Joni Mitchell’s 1970 song, Big Yellow Taxi, that says: “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”. Which might explain a big trend that’s happening lately in travel: the popularity of dark sky locations. People are gravitating towards places that allow them to see something that is becoming increasingly rare in today’s light-polluted world: starry night skies.
One of the benefits of exploring beyond the tourist hotspots is the opportunity to discover not just places that are authentic and less trafficked, but the chance to find unique or quirky places to stay. Québec’s Eastern Townships region prides itself on being ‘off the beaten path’, and what Henk and I discovered on a recent visit was that they offer accommodations that promise the same. And two of the places where we stayed, a bonafide treehouse and a “Rectangle” in the woods, gave us the opportunity to get close to nature, too.
Anyone visiting the Yukon will obviously want to spend time in the Territory’s gateway city, Whitehorse. And there are plenty of things to see and do there, whether you want to shop for gold or tour an historic paddlewheeler. But there are also some interesting destinations and fun adventures waiting for you outside the city that show off the uniqueness of this beautiful Territory: here are 4 must-do day trips from Whitehorse that will show you glaciers, jewel-coloured lakes, deserts and more.