"Yukon" means "Great River" in the "Gwich'in" language. Named after the Yukon River, Yukon is the smallest and farthest west of Canada's three territories. It borders the U.S. state of Alaska on the west side, the Northwest Territories to the east, and British Columbia to the south. The Beaufort Sea is to the north.
Yukon features the highest point in Canada, and the second highest point in North America - the peak of Mount Logan (in Kluane National Park and Reserve). It also features a plethora of snowmelt lakes that, for the most part, feed the Yukon River and Beaufort Sea. The Yukon River is, in fact, the longest river in Yukon & Alaska and the third longest river in North America at 3185 kilometres.
All year round - with its stunning mountains, its dancing aurora borealis, its spruce trees, flowers, wildlife and waters - Yukon is a strikingly beautiful, adventurous and endearing place to visit.
THINGS TO DO
There's plenty to do in Yukon year round, from outdoor adventures to historical explorations, scenic road trips, festivals, shopping, concerts, art, theatre, dining and more.
Looking for adventure and outdoor fun? Yukon is the place to go. Yukon is known as a land of adventure. With its sublime wilderness, its mountains and countless wild mountain rivers, opportunities for adventure abound. Canoe, kayak, go glacier flightseeing, or whitewater raft through wild rivers - the Wind, Snake, Alsek, Firth and Yukon Rivers are the most thrilling! In winter, try dogsledding, snowboard, ice climb, snowmobile, alpine ski, cross-country ski (on some of the top trails in Canada), snowshoe, backcountry ski, and (perhaps after a long day of skiing) join a spectacular northern lights tour.
On quieter days, paddle along a scenic river, birdwatch, observe an artist working in a wilderness studio, hike, bike, horseback ride, cross-country ski or snowshoe through a national park.
Yukon has four national parks: Kluane National Park and Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Ivvavik National Park and the northernmost Vuntut National Park. Some of Yukon's other coveted world-class wilderness parks are Tombstone, Herschel Island, Chilkoot, and Fishing Branch Park. Most of the parks are visitor friendly - with lots of available information, facilities, tours, and trails that are well marked.
If you're visiting Yukon in winter, be sure to get to the Frostbite Music Festival or the renowned Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Other festivals and events throughout the year include the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Dawson City Discovery Days, Yukon International Storytelling Festival, Alsek Music Festival, the Dawson City Music Festival, and the remarkable springtime Celebration of Swans event.
As for wildlife, Yukon is home to millions of migrating birds, the Porcupine caribou, grizzly bears, and Dall sheep.
Yukon has a range of accommodations from hotels to resorts, lodges, motels, hostels, cozy cabins, bed & breakfasts, camping and RV parks.