Yukon Territory: Northern Exposure

One of three territories, 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.

Whether you seek hands-on adventure or a leisurely cruise down the Yukon River, this authentic northern environment is unlike any other.

  • Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
  • April 9: Good Friday
  • April 11: Easter Sunday
  • May 24 (or closest prior Mon.): Victoria Day
  • July 1: Canada Day
  • Aug. (1st Mon.): New Brunswick Day
  • Sept. (1st Mon.): Labour Day
  • Oct. 11: Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 11: Remembrance Day
  • Dec. 25: Christmas Day
  • Dec. 26: Boxing Day
Fast Facts
Population: 28,674
Size: 482,443 sq. km. (808,180 sq. mil.); ranks 9th
Capital City: Whitehorse
Time Zone(s): Pacific
Minimum Age for Unrestricted Diver’s License: 17 years, 6 months
Minimum Age for Gambling: 19
Alcohol Consumption: Legal age is 19
Taxes: The Yukon Territory has no territorial sales tax
Highest Point: 5,959 m/19,545 ft., Mount Logan
Lowest Point: Sea level, Beaufort Sea
  External links
  Tourism Yukon
Dept. 8605, PO Box 2745, Whitehorse,
Yukon, Canada Y1A 5B9
(867) 667-5340


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