The Ultimate Guide to Yukon, Canada

by Travelbag on 09 February 2017, 10:02AM

From commanding mountain ranges to free-flowing rivers, the beautifully woven wilderness makes up over 80% of The Yukon. Set over almost half a million square kilometres of land, with a tiny population of 35, 000, this sparsely populated land has allowed wildlife to thrive. Home to a collection of animals that would put even Noah to shame, all living in the shadows of Canada’s five tallest mountains and eight of the top ten.

Wildlife spotting

Wood bison

The wood bison is the largest animal found on land in North America, weighing around the same as a small car (900kg). This large species was mostly thought to be extinct in North America until 1957 when a herd of 200 were discovered in Alberta, Canada. Today, the animal numbers are looking so healthy they’re no longer endangered. The best place to find wood bison is the Kluane National Park and Reserve, however, a hike may be on your hands. They can also be spotted on rare occasions from your car along the Alaska Highway.

 

Grizzly bear

The grizzly bear often spends spring and autumn on the banks of, or in the many Yukon rivers hunting succulent salmon heading upstream to return to the spawn. During the summer months, you’ll find bears away from the river and in the woods (probably having a picnic). Hiking in their common habitat offers long distance views for you to spot them from a safe distance, however, please remember to carry bear spray on your person.

 

Caribou

The Yukon is home to not just one, but two species of caribou, otherwise known as reindeer: the smaller barren-ground caribou and wooden caribou. The two are split in the state with barren-ground caribou found in the far north, above the alpine forestry, while woodland caribou are more widely found across the south of the territory. Spending the majority of their lives migrating, the caribou can travel 1600 miles in a year.

 

Lynx

Lynx numbers tend to follow their main prey, the snowshoe hare – find a hare, chances are you’ll also find a lynx. Due to large migration and hunting patterns, the lynx are found throughout The Yukon. Not to be confused with a cougar, cougars are generally larger with a big bushy tail.

 

Turkey vulture (buzzard)

The turkey vulture can often be found soaring in the open airs of The Yukon, usually just south of the dense treed Taiga. At first glance, vultures can often be confused as a large bird of prey. While it may not be one of the hundreds of species of cute songbirds spotted in The Yukon, with a wingspan of 6 feet it is certainly just as impressive. 

 

Bowhead whale

Bowhead whales are beautiful majestic mammals found at the very north of The Yukon in the Beaufort Sea, The Yukon’s only water border and coast. Bowhead whales are known for being vocal and their love to breach, weighing at roughly 100 tonnes you can imagine it’s quite the splash! For the best way to experience these amazing creatures, we recommend sea kayaking for the chance to get up close and even feel the spray.

 

Activities

Hiking

The rich varying landscape makes for a near perfect hiking venue, paying real tribute to the T.S. Eliot saying, “The journey, not the destination matters”. However, this doesn’t mean that reaching the apex of that unnamed mountain peak won’t be all the more satisfying, or that the view of the diverse scenery isn’t best from the top. Whether you’re an iconic trail traveller, a riverbank rambler, or a roadside roamer; there’s a plethora of choice out there!

 

Golf


This may seem like a strange inclusion, we agree. Usually, thoughts of a golf holiday bring with it The Caribbean, Fiji, and other warm island climates. However, with summer temperatures rising as high as 36°c, paired with the opportunity of midnight golf, it’s something not to be missed! Also, it may be worth noticing the backdrop overlooking the courses.

 

Cycling

With both amazing road and mountain biking trails, The Yukon just might be the best place for a cycling holiday. It's no secret that The Yukon offers some of the best bike rides, which can be credited to the areas changing scenery, and they’re only a stone's throw from the city.

 

Kayaking

With several must-do rivers among the international paddling set and four designated Canadian Heritage Rivers, a water adventure in The Yukon is the perfect cherry on the cake. The Yukon water scene impresses because of its amazing range of water classification, allowing you to blend adrenaline, nature, history, and so much more.

 

Plan your wilderness adventure and find your own Yukon vein of gold; find out more, here. Alternatively, speak to an expert for a tailor made holiday perfect for you.


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