Canada's Yukon Territory


Dawson yukon building northern lightsIts tagline is ‘Larger than Life’ and the Yukon lives up to its promise.

The Yukon is one of Canada’s two territories that lie north of the 60th parallel, which is fitting because its location is just one thing that sets this place apart from the rest of the country. Huge on scenery but tiny in population, the Yukon is both much smaller and much bigger than you’d imagine: towns are not just small, they are really small, but with big hearts; wide expanses and spectacular vistas crossed only by gravel roads mean distances here seem longer and farther. But whenever you go, large or small, you are bound to encounter something that will fill you with wonder: it could be the magical display of the aurora borealis; it could be Gold Rush towns that appear frozen in time; or it could just be the characters who call this place home.

Geographically the Yukon offers breathtaking scenery that will have you saying ‘wow!’ from the moment you spot its pristine landscape from the airplane. Mountains both young and old dominate much of the area hugging the Alaska border, including Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan, perpetually under a cap of snow and ice in one of the largest non-polar ice fields on the planet. Turquoise lakes and rivers sparkle like jewels under a midnight sun that doesn’t set for 20 hours in the summertime. And a storied highway, the Dempster, cuts through the ragged and spectacular Tombstone mountains en route to the Arctic Circle where skinny spruce trees are left behind and replaced with tundra.

As beautiful as it is, the Yukon is also an unforgiving land, with a harsh climate in the winter that makes for equally hardy residents. The people who live here, whether indigenous or otherwise, work hard and play hard, but all have one thing in common: their love of this wild, beautiful place that finds its way into their soul. Visit the Yukon for yourself, and you might find the same thing happen to you.


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