Facts

  • Yukon is the smallest of the three territories, located in northwestern Canada.
  • The Yukon is wild, mountainous and sparsely populated.
  • The Yukon River is 3520 km (2200 miles) long, the 4th longest in the world.

Destinations

  • Whitehorse – Capital City – Over two-thirds of the Yukon’s residents live in Whitehorse. Year-round population of about 36,000 – Ph: 867-667-3084
  • Dawson City – It’s Klondike Gold Rush history makes it one of the most interesting towns to visit in all the north.
    • Visitor Information Centre is open May to September. Ph: 867-993-5566
    • Dawson may be a small town, but its arts scene thrives with the help of Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), the Dawson City Arts Society (DCAS), the Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF), and the northernmost art school in North America, the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA). (Yukon Info)
  • Beaver Creek – U.S. border is located 32 km (20 miles) north. Summer population of 200. Beaver Creek has a library, a bank, restaurants, three hotels, a service station and post office.
  • Burwash Landing – the traditional home of the Southern Tutchone people of the Kluane First Nation.
  • Carcross – Located on the South Klondike Highway about halfway between Whitehorse, Yukon and Skagway, Alaska.
  • Haines Junction – headquarters for Kluane National Park and Reserve
    • Offers glacier flightseeing, river rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
  • Teslin – on the shores of Nisutlin Bay on Teslin Lake
  • Watson Lake – second largest town in the Yukon
    • first Yukon community encountered by the northbound traveller
    • A comfortable day’s drive from Fort Nelson, BC or Whitehorse
    • Sign Post Forest (Google Maps) is one of the tourist attractions, featuring over 75,000 unique signs

Overlanding

  • The Top of the World Highway connects Dawson City, Yukon to Tok, Alaska.
    • This 301 km (187 mi) highway winds along the top of the mountain range for a truly breathtaking drive.
    • The Little Gold/Poker Creek border crossing from the Yukon to Alaska is the most northern international border crossing in all of North America. (ExploreNorth)
    • The Top of the World Highway is really two highways. In the Yukon the Top of the World Highway is Yukon Highway #9. The Top of the World Highway in Alaska is the Taylor Highway. The Taylor Highway runs from the Alaska Highway all the way to Eagle, Alaska.
    • The Highway is generally open from mid-May to mid-October, however, it has been known to close earlier due to snow.
  • It’s a comfortable six to seven hour drive from Whitehorse along the North Klondike Highway to Dawson City through rolling hills and river valleys.

Notes

  • Mount Logan, with an elevation of 5,959 meters (19,551 ft), is the highest point in Canada, and second highest in North America after Denali, Alaska.
  • Kluane National Park and Reserve (pronounced Kloo-WA-nee) – 22,000 square kms (8,500-square miles) – includes Mount Logan
    • One of the world’s largest non-polar ice fields, and some of North America’s finest wildlife population.
    • Some of the park’s geological features include glacier-created sand dunes and dust storms, and a large delta in Kluane Lake*, created by glacial silt deposits from the Kaskawulsh Glacier.

References

This page was last updated on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 by Robert Vinet