Yukon offers plenty of opportunities to travel, visit national parks, attractions, and historical landmarks, play sports, and just relax, go shopping, and have fun.
There are many national parks and wildlife preserves in Yukon, among which the Kluane National Park and Reserve, Tombstone Territorial Park, and Vuntut National Park. Found in southwest Yukon, the Kluane National Park and Reserve is the home to birds and mammals such as mountain goats, Dall sheep, mountain bluebirds, and yellow-rumped warblers. Featured activities include camping, mountaineering, rafting the Alsek River, and hiking. The Tombstone Territorial Park is found in central Yukon and is also worth visiting. There is plenty to do in the area, for example, wildlife viewing, backcountry and car camping, and hiking. The park is the home to a diverse population of species such as grizzly bears, black bears, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. The Vuntut National Park offers plenty to do as well, including outdoor activities such as winter ski trips, hiking, and canoeing the Old Crow River. Species inhabiting the area include pine martens, golden eagles, Yukon moose, and foxes. The Ivvavik National Park is situated in northern Yukon and is inhabited by lemmings, black and grizzly bears, and other species. Only a minimal number of visitors are allowed to enter the park each year. There is plenty to do in the park, from rafting and hiking to backcountry camping and animal watching.
Visitors of Yukon who are up for outdoor recreation enjoy activities such as ice fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, and paddling. They can choose from different scenic itineraries such as Hiking the Chilkoot Trail, Rock Glacier Trail, and Millennium Trail.
From mid-August to mid-April visitors flock to Yukon to experience the northern lights. Some of the best areas to watch the lights are the Whitehorse Region, Watson Lake Region, Kluane, Klondike, and Campbell. There are different ways to watch the lights, be it from a hot tub, on a dog sled, or on a guided tour.
Museums and Historical Sites
Museums and historical sites also abound in Yukon, among which the Former Territorial Court House, Kluane Museum of History, and George Johnston Museum. The Former Territorial Court House is found in Dawson City and is a fine example of an early 19-century territorial courthouse, designed by architect Thomas Fuller. The George Johnston Museum features exhibits showcasing traditional artefacts, Tlingit ceremonial regalia, and George Johnston’s photographs. The Kluane Museum of History is the home to exhibits featuring gemstones and minerals, and weapons, tools, and clothing worn by the Southern Tutchone people.
Found in Whitehorse, the Yukon Transportation Museum is also an interesting one, displaying aircraft, boats, stagecoaches, dog sleds, and snowshoes. Three guided tours are offered – the Winter, Ingenuity, and Lemonade Tour. The Ingenuity Tour, for example, focuses on DIY transportation while the Lemonade Tour traces the history of lemonade in Yukon. Visitors who join the Winter Tour learn more about winter modes of transportation that are used here.
The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre is a good place to experience indigenous storytelling, dance, and music and learn more about the history and heritage of First Nations people.
Events and Festivals
Some of the most visited and noteworthy festivals and events in Yukon are the National Indigenous Peoples Day, Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Festival, and Frostbite Music Festival. A Canada-wide event, the National Indigenous Peoples Day is observed in Dawson City and features dancing, traditional food, ceremonies, artist demonstrations, and live music. The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Festival features a diverse array of activities and festivities such as chainsaw chucking, flour packing, dog sledding, and axe throwing. The Frostbite Music Festival features music, dancing, and workshops held in Yukon College and the Yukon Arts Centre. Other events worth attending are dogsled races, golf tournaments, motorbike events, craft fairs, and more. Plenty of events and activities take place throughout the year, including jam sessions, karaoke nights, sewing nights, and astronomy presentations.