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Do you want to make a unique trip that goes beyond traditional tourist routes, dream to see caribou, follow the tracks of gold prospectors and experience the mysterious cold of the tundra? Then travel to Yukon is just for you! Disposed on the border with Alaska, the Yukon is able to surprise any traveler regardless of the season.
Yukon is one of the three territories of Northern Canada and most tourists choose this direction, passing the route through the Yukon to Alaska. This territory of Canada is considered sparsely populated, with only 30 thousand inhabitants, which is less than in most medium-sized cities in southern Canada. The capital of the territory is Whitehorse.
The territory got its name from the Yukon River, which in translation from the Gwich’in language means “big river”.
The modern history of the Yukon originates in 1825, when John Franklin visited the north coast, after which the company of the Hudson Bay began creating trading posts along the Yukon River. This was followed by the arrival of missionaries and Western Union telegraph service. Until 1896 there was practically no population of European origin in this area until the time when the Klondike was discovered and the gold rush began, which caused a significant population growth.
Subsequently, when mineral resources were depleted, the population began to decline rapidly, and in 1921 there were only 4,914 inhabitants in the Yukon. In 1941, thanks to the construction of the Alaska highway and the resumption of production in the following years, the population began to grow again.
Exciting landscapes of Yukon are able to offer many surprises to visitors. If you make a mountain walk you can experience the moments that are incomparable with anything else. And watching the magnificent northern lights in the twilight is really worth it.
The region is also rich in water, due to the presence of the Yukon River and many lakes.
A variety of excursions are available in parks and large nature reserves, where you can admire incredibly beautiful landscapes everywhere. Among the most famous, the Kluane National Park, where you can see Canada’s highest point. And in order to watch the caribou is worth visiting the national park of Ivvavick.
In the Yukon there is a very rich animal world, despite a very severe climate. Here you can see deer, bears and wolves that inhabit the territory covered with snow for most of the year. And under the cover of snow hiding prickly bushes and different kinds of coniferous species. 57% of the surface of the territory is covered with forest.
Yukon also has a very interesting culture. And although the region is sparsely populated, but here there are museums, with regular exhibitions of works of art, both local and foreign. On your trip you can also enjoy the theaters, festivals and dance performances.