Yukon – Attractions

Yukon, formerly Yukon Territory, territory of northwestern Canada, an area of rugged mountains and high plateaus. It is bounded by the Northwest Territories to the east, by British Columbia to the south, and by the U.S. state of Alaska to the west, and it extends northward above the Arctic Circle to the Beaufort Sea. The capital is Whitehorse.

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The mineral wealth of Yukon has been known since the famous Klondike gold rush of the later 1890s, but the combination of an Arctic climate and remoteness from markets has limited the economic exploitation of such resources and the development of modern settlement. Instead, the territory remains among the few frontiers on the North American continent, a sparsely populated and largely unspoiled wilderness.

Mount Logan

Mount Logan is the highest peak in Canada and the second highest peak in North America. Height aside, Logan is one of the most massive mountains in the world. Its many cliff faces, well over 10,000 feet, rise to an immense ten-mile summit crest of high peaks and saddles. The summit crest spills giant heavily crevassed glaciers for miles over the surrounding valleys.

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Yukon River

The Yukon River is the longest river in Yukon & Alaska. Third longest river in North America, flowing northwest from the Coastal Range mountains of northern British Columbia, through the Yukon Territory and Alaska to the Bering Sea. Its overall length is 3185 kilometers (km), with 1149 km within Canadian borders. The watershed’s total drainage area is 840 000 sq. km (323 800 sq. km in Canada) and it discharges 195 cubic kilometers of water per year.

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Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is a place postcards were made for. It’s not a hub of activities; there are no boat rentals in the summer or ice fishing huts in the winter, and there’s no museum on its shores to tell stories about its history. Despite all that, the lake is one of the most photographed destinations in all of the Yukon. Glaciers carved out Emerald Lake 14,000 years ago, and its powerful green water and mountain range background make for a truly picturesque photo op. If you’re driving along the South Klondike highway, make sure you pull over and soak in the beautiful setting for a while.

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Vuntut National Park

Vuntut National Park is a national park located in northern Yukon, Canada. It was established in 1995. Due to land claims negotiations, this national park is still very undeveloped. It currently has no roads or developed trails.

Animals that inhabit this park include caribou, foxes, peregrine falcons, grizzly bears, wolves, Alaskan moose, wolverines, gyrfalcons, black bears, muskoxen, golden eagles, pine martens, ground squirrels, muskrats, lynxes, and minks.

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Miles Canyon Basalts

Miles Canyon was once a daunting site for gold seekers. Many tried and failed to cross the canyon, or navigate their supply-filled boats through the rushing whitewater of the Yukon River. While a rail system allowed these prospectors to avoid this hazard, today the Miles Canyon isn’t a place you want to avoid. Visitors are treated to a slightly calmer river, thanks to a hydroelectric dam which slowed the flow of water. A suspension bridge was also built  in 1922 to connect the two 50-foot sides of the canyon, where it still sits today, making for an incredible view of the canyon if you’re not afraid of heights.

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Klondike River

The Klondike River is a tributary of the Yukon River in Canada that gave its name to the Klondike Gold Rush. The Klondike River has its source in the Ogilvie Mountains and flows into the Yukon River at Dawson City

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Yukon Northern Lights

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