4 Best Tourist Attractions in Yukon

April 26, 2019

The Yukon is situated in the northwest corner of Canada’s continental mainland, isolated by mountains.

The largely untouched landscape is ideal for activities like river rafting, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing and cycling. Take in the sights and sounds of Ivvavik National Park or experience dog and sled kennel tours to get a unique feel for the northern lifestyle.

For those that prefer sightseeing, the range of wildlife is amazing, especially in the spring. The Yukon also boasts an excellent highway system that provides stunning views of the undulating and rugged terrain.

Here are 4 best tourist attractions in Yukon

Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Located only 25 minutes from downtown Whitehorse, the Preserve’s enthusiastic staff care for injured wild animals before releasing the healthy ones back into the wild. Visitors can tour the preserve to learn about more than a dozen different species of Arctic and boreal animals.

Tour the facility’s three-mile ‘viewing loop’ on foot, by ski, by snowshoe, or on a guided bus. See caribou, lynx, elk, bison, and more in their distinct natural habitats, from wetlands to cliffs, but not in a pen or a cage.

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Miles Canyon

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 skirt this hazard, today the Miles Canyon isn’t a place you want to avoid. Visitors are treated to a slightly calmer river nowadays, thanks to a hydroelectric dam which slowed the flow of water.

This site, only minutes from downtown Whitehorse, also provides great hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing trails, as well as opportunities to see a variety of wildlife.

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S. S. Klondike

n the early 20th century, over 250 riverboats linked the Yukon to the outside world by way of water. The biggest of these steamships, the S.S. Klondike, still sits on the shores of the Yukon River today. Restored to its original 1937-1940 appearance, this boat is a popular destination for travelers who want to see what life was like for the region’s early inhabitants.

The Klondike was a huge ship, with a capacity of over 270 tonnes to carry supplies and silver-lead ore to and from the mines before the area had any roads.

Tombstone Territorial Park

The Tombstone Territorial Park might sound intimidating, but this park is rich in natural wonders and First Nations culture. Rugged peaks and permafrost characterize the remote landscape, but make no mistake: there’s animal life everywhere in these 850 square miles.

Whether you’re camping, there on a day hike, or just out for a picnic. You can see here caribou, moose, sheep, bears, and even wolves.

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By Mykhailo Andriichuk

Mykhailo Andriichuk writes for Chillwall about exciting events, food, art and breathtaking places all over the world

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