Yukon, Canada

About Yukon, Canada

The Yukon territory measures in at a whopping 483,450 km² (that’s about the size of Spain) and is situated east of Alaska, between British Columbia and the Arctic Ocean.

As of 2018, there were 39 000 people living in the Yukon—of those, 29,000 calling the capital city of Whitehorse home; making Whitehorse the largest city in northern Canada. The other 10,000 residents just really like their peace and quiet in some other smaller towns.

Whitehorse is the gateway to Alaska… if you’re driving, you will need to drive (on Alaska Hwy) thru’ Whitehorse to reach Alaska. Whitehorse is also the city with the cleanest air and drinking water  in the world. Whitehorse also boast the longest wooden fish ladder in the world. The salmon run of the king salmon (Chinook) that goes thru’ this ladder is also longest salmon run in the world….. starting from the Bearing Sea in Alaska, they swim for about 3,000 miles and ended at their spawning ground which is about 100 miles past the Whitehorse Fish Ladder and Dam.

Well known to be the land of the midnight sun. Tourists from all over the world come in the summer to enjoy kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, music, etc… just to soak in the long hours of sunlight.

Yukon’s northern light viewing tours are the best keep secret in the world until recent years. Beautiful scenery all year round plus its unbeatable northern hospitality, it has become a very popular tourists from around the world.

From mid August to late April, northern lights (Aurora Borealis) can be seen from Whitehorse and the rest of the Yukon. Whitehorse is one of the best city in the world to view the northern lights and it attracts tourist from all over the world to witness this amazing phenomenon!

The Yukon is home to the toughest dog sled race on Earth, the Yukon Quest, spanning more than a thousand miles (1,600 km).

Measuring only one square mile, the Carcross desert in the Yukon is affectionately known as the smallest desert in the world. 

The name “Yukon” originated from the Gwich’in native word “Yuk-un-ah,” meaning “Great River,” referring to the Yukon River that flows across the territory, through Alaska and into the Bering Sea.