Yukon holidays promise you variety, with culture, adventure and nature alike. Discover the wilderness in Kluane National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and delight in extraordinary scenery, panoramic views and wildlife. Famous for its rich gold rush history, Yukon is an idyllic place and a perfect destination for couples, families and adventurers.
Visit attractions like the Dawson City Museum and Claim 33 to discover the rich Gold Rush History rooted in Yukon’s vibrant culture, and experience for yourself the art of gold panning. Take a mountain bike up into the alpine landscape of Montana Mountain, or hike up King’s Throne trail. If you’re lucky, you may even spot caribou en route. If you travel to Yukon in the summer months you will have the chance to soak up the culture and enjoy the sight of the phenomenal midnight sun during the festivities celebrating the summer solstice.
Holidays in Yukon offer hidden gems of the world
Yukon holidays are home to historic sights, wildlife sightings and adventure. Hire a canoe and paddle along the giant 2,000 mile-long Yukon River in the summer and immerse yourself in the scenery from a different perspective. The snow-filled winter months make for a picturesque visit with plenty of activities, including dog sledding. If you visit Yukon in January or February, be sure to watch the Yukon Quest, a 1,600km international dog sledding race from Fairbank, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon.
Cross the Arctic Circle and witness the spectacular northern lights, enjoying landmarks such as the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline en route. Want to enjoy an up-close encounter with a bear? Why not take a hike along Cottonwood Trail? Just remember to bring your bear mace with you.
Enjoy local Yukon cuisine during the summer months at the ever popular Klondike Rib and Salmon Restaurant, which can be found in the region’s capital, Whitehorse. Delicacies include elk stroganoff, Alaskan halibut, bison meatballs and the renowned smoked salmon on bannock.
If you wish to expand your Yukon holiday then we recommend you begin your journey in the fantastic British Colombian coastal city of Vancouver. Stay in a luxurious hotel, explore this lively city and enjoy the best of a twin centre itinerary.
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Enjoy varied Yukon tours as you explore Canada’s beautiful natural landscapes and many unique cities. Pair Yukon with another nearby area, or discover its attractions with an expert guide.
Whales Bears Vancouver Island Self-Drive
Vancouver, Banff and Calgary Multi Centre Holiday
Yukon boast some incredible attractions - from an array of wildlife viewing to the beautiful Northern Lights. Experience Yukon by bike or by foot and head to the city of Whitehorse and and gaze upon the history from the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, before sipping a cup of coco under the stunning Aurora Borelalis.
Located within earshot of the mighty Yukon River, Whitehorse is the main gateway and arrival point in Yukon. The city, although small, still retains much of its Prospector history from the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 from its old ‘western’ style buildings to even panning for gold in the nearby Klondike Goldfields.
Being so close to Canada’s Arctic Circle means that the best attraction of these territories, without a doubt, is the stunning Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. With some of the longest seasons available for viewing – from August to April, Yukon and Northwest Territories boast incredible un-obscured views of the mesmerizing skies as they burst with a magnificent kaleidoscope of neon colours.
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“Viewing the northern lights should be on everyone's bucket list. It's hard to describe just what an amazing and magical sight they are. Yukon is one of the best places to try to see them, and has one of the longest viewing periods - from mid-August to mid-April.”
“For the perfect holiday photos, travel to Yukon during the midnight sun period (late May to early August). The "golden hour" views actually last for hours!”
National Indigenous Peoples Day, June
Join in the vibrant festivities of summer solstice in Yukon on June 21. The festival celebrates the heritage and cultures of Canada’s indigenous population, and recognises the contribution of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis people and their diverse cultural heritage.
Yukon Gold Panning Championships, July
Whether beginner or expert, your gold panning skills will not be a barrier to entry in this open competition. Put your efficiency and speed to the test for a chance to win a sparkling prize - to keep all the gold you find.
Dawson City Music Festival, July
Dance to your heart’s content at this lively festival, which is packed full of live entertainment from the best local musicians. Enjoy fantastic music and a friendly, lively atmosphere.
Yukon Culinary Festival, August
Immerse yourself in Yukon’s culture as you enjoy locally grown produce and local cuisine. From flame cooked salmon to lobster, your taste buds will be in for a treat at the Yukon Culinary Festival.
Try Bannock, a biscuit-type bread that originates from Scotland but was adopted by the Metis people of Western Canada. Smoked salmon on bannock is an ideal tasty afternoon bite to tuck into and offers a delicious taste of life in Yukon.
The Yukon River produces some of the world’s best salmon. Smoked salmon can be enjoyed in local restaurants all over the territory, served fresh on its own, with lemon or with traditional Bannock bread.
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