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The beautiful surroundings of the Yukon territory are the perfect destination for both active and relaxing holidays. Areas such as the Kluane National Park, housing the largest ice-fields in the world and the five tallest mountains in Canada; or the white-water Tatshenshini River and Million Dollar Falls near to Haines Junction are key checkpoints on a must-see list of Yukon’s most breath-taking sights. For adrenaline junkies, the options for active challenges are limitless; with hiking, cycling and kayaking opportunities around every corner - although anyone who wants to experience the Yukon from a more relaxing perspective can easily do so by car or on foot throughout different areas. As a prime region for nature the wildlife spotting here is second to none, but this vast area can only really be appreciated by fully experiencing in person all that it has to offer.
Set in between Alaska and Canada, the Yukon territory is one of the largest yet most scarcely populated areas of North America. A prime region for nature, the beautiful surroundings of the Yukon territory house the Kluane National Park, which embodies Canada’s five tallest mountains and the largest ice-fields in the world, located below the Arctic Circle. Home to more of nature’s animals than humans, this vast area is unbeatable for spotting some of the country’s most iconic species; such as the bald eagle, big horn sheep, elk, deer, caribou, bison, grizzly bear, polar bear and moose, to name a few.
Activity-seeking visitors to the Yukon territory can rest assured that their trip will be action-packed; with opportunities to hike, bike, kayak and walk through this vast and beautifully scenic region available at every turn. Alternatively, those looking to cruise through the area’s highways on a self-drive trip will be equally pleased with the sightseeing ‘checkpoint’ options that the route provides.
The Yukon territory is divided up into four main regions; Dawson City - the area’s main culture hotspot and an iconic part of the Klondike gold-rush, Haines Junction – a memorable scenic checkpoint, Whitehorse – the capital of the Yukon and Beaver Creek – the sleepy checkpoint town for travellers between the Yukon and Alaska. Each of these areas are described in further detail below, and have their own unique appeal offering individual landmarks, wildlife and unmissable scenery, along with a huge selection of things to see and do; but this vast area can only really be appreciated by fully experiencing in person all that it has to offer.
Located between the Yukon and the Klondike Rivers, Dawson City sits just south of the Arctic Circle and is best known for its historical role at the centre of the Klondike gold-rush. One of the most beautiful cities in the region, Dawson is home to approximately 2,000 residents, and the summer festivals here are particularly busy for tourists. Primarily a spot for culture, Dawson City visitors can stop at the Jack London Interpretive Centre, where daily talks are given by historians and authors alike.
Stretching to approximately 160 miles, the Haines Highway is likely to be one of the most memorable parts of your trip around the Yukon, if only for the scenery. Within a short distance, tourists will take in views of snow-clad mountains, glacier peaks, Alpine meadows and the river-delta; an area which provides a permanent home to the bald eagle. The St Elias mountains can be seen within close proximity by venturing south of Haines Junction, and further still the white-water Tatshenshini River and Million Dollar Falls can be spotted from the road.
Capital of the Yukon, bustling Whitehorse is the meeting point between the Alaska and the Klondike highways; making it a prime spot for connectivity and transport. Boasting a cultural arts community and a range of heritage sites, Whitehorse is an attractive stop amongst the Yukon territory due to its natural beauty. Cycle, hike or kayak around the river for the best views this side of the Yukon, or visit the city’s museums for a dose of Whitehorse culture.
Located centrally between the US and Canadian border checkpoints and northwest of Haines Junction, the sleepy town of Beaver Creek is primarily a checkpoint for travellers in between the territories. Offering access to the Yukon region, Beaver Creek acts as a stop-gap along the Alaska Highway, and the Yukon Visitor Information Centre will provide all the necessary information in preparation for a Yukon adventure trip.