Welcome to Yukon Territory
The territory of the Yukon, Canada's 'True North', is wintry,
wild and wonderful: a spectacular wilderness consisting of
comprehensive national and territorial parks filled with stunning
landscapes and rare wildlife, like the 120,000-strong Porcupine
Caribou herd that is protected in the Vuntut and Ivvavik National
Parks. Black and grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, wolves and musk
oxen are some of the other creatures spotted regularly all over the
The Yukon Territory is in the extreme northwest of Canada,
bordering Alaska. The sparsely-populated province carries the motto
"Larger Than Life", and its tourism is focused around outdoor
activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking and hiking in the
summer, and skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, snowmobiling and
dog sledding in the winter.
The Yukon also has its own natural magical light show in winter:
undulating ribbons of pale-green, pink and blue lights dance in the
night sky as the Aurora Borealis phenomenon delights watchers. The
province boasts Canada's highest mountain, the majestic Mount Logan
peak in Kluane Park, set in a sea of ice.
Although 80 percent of the Yukon is wild, there are people
living there too. Native Yukoners are spirited, uniquely connected
with their land, and have plenty of tales to tell travellers. Many
legends survive from the days of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897,
when 30,000 aspirants arrived in Dawson City in hope of making
their fortunes. The First Nations culture is also well preserved
and fascinating to investigate in museums, historic sites and
interpretive centres throughout the province.
Information & Facts
Summers are fairly warm with 24-hour daylight in June and July.
Winters are bitterly cold with short days and little sun.
The official languages are English and French
(predominantly in Quebec).
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided
into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to
the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar
coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and
travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be
as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are
plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud,
larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian
GMT ?8 (GMT ?7 from the second Sunday in March to the first
Sunday in November).