At a glance
When it comes to wild untamed wilderness, The Yukon is the ultimate adventure playground. Sandwiched between Canada’s Northwest Territories and British Columbia, as well as being just a short hop across the border from Alaska, there’s a whole lot to see here. Think sprawling lakes and dense National Parks, divided by the flowing waters of the Yukon River. During the Klondike Gold Rush the landscapes here held the promise of great wealth as well as incredible scenery, but today I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with your picture perfect surroundings…something we can happily settle for.
Where to go
On the southwest tip of the Yukon, the Kluane National Park is home to Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan, as well as an abundance of glaciers and aquamarine alpine lakes. Jump in a canoe and explore the winding waterways of the Yukon River, or stop off at the Southern Lakes for an aerial/on-the-water tour. It’s also well worth traveling by train 2000 feet up into the mountains to the White Pass – the US/Canada official border where both countries unfold in front of you as far as the eye can see. For a dose of gold rush history, check of Dawson City’s celebrated sites and enjoy an ice gold beer in one of the traditional Victorian-style taverns.
Why we love it
Urging us out of our comfort zones and encouraging our intrepid traveling tendencies, the Yukon is a land unlike any other. With its wide untouched landscapes covered in towering peaks, vast lakes and fast-flowing rivers, there’s enough on offer here to warrant many a return journey and a fair few photo albums. And aside from all this, you might even spot the odd grizzly bear along the way…a scary but nonetheless incredible plus point in our books.