Yukon Territory: Northern Exposure
The Yukon is situated in the northwest corner of Canada's continental mainland, isolated by mountains. The name “Yukon” originated from the Locheux native word "Yuk-un-ah," meaning "Great River," referring to the Yukon River that flows across the territory into Alaska.
The largely untouched landscape is ideal for activities like river rafting, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing and cycling. Take in the sights and sounds of Ivvavik National Park or experience dog and sled kennel tours to get a unique feel for the northern lifestyle.
For those that prefer sightseeing, the range of wildlife is amazing, especially in the spring. The Yukon also boasts an excellent highway system that provides stunning views of the undulating and rugged terrain. Drive on your own or join an escorted tour - with a large selection of outfitters and specialized tour operators you are sure to find what you are looking for.
With its deep historical roots, the capital city of Whitehorse has become a popular tourist destination. Whitehorse became famous as the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th Century, and visitors often come to see the SS Klondike National Historic Site or visit the Frantic Follies - a vaudeville review that recaptures the atmosphere of the Klondike.
There are numerous attractions and things-to-do in the Yukon Territory in Canada. Wilderness parks invite bicyclists, hikers, and horseback riders to enjoy the beautiful scenery, lush greenery, and exotic wildlife. The wild rivers of the Yukon are superb for canoeing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. You can soak or swim in the rejuvenating mineral waters of Yakhini Hot Springs. Whether you seek hands-on adventure or a leisurely cruise down the Yukon River, this authentic northern environment is unlike any other.
- Population: 33,897 (as on 2011)
- Size: 482,443 sq. km. (186,272 sq. mil.)
- Capital City: Whitehorse
- Time Zone(s): Pacific
- Minimum Age for Unrestricted Driver’s License: 17 years, 6 months
- Minimum Age for Gambling: 19
- Alcohol Consumption: Legal age is 19
- Highest Point: 5,959 m/19,545 ft., Mount Logan
- Lowest Point: Sea level, Beaufort Sea
Here's a partial listing of the top Destinations in Yukon.