For the extraordinary scenery and incredible wildlife. To head into the remote Yukon wilderness to watch grizzly bears ice fishing in the rich salmon waters is a rare and privileged experience. It is also an exceptional photographic opportunity few have the occasion to capture.
About the Yukon
Larger than California but with just a fraction of the population, the Yukon slices between Alaska and Canada and is known for its impressive scenery. The wild and rugged landscape runs from the north coast down to join British Columbia with thick forests, mountains, imposing rivers and lake-dotted tundra making this one of the most raw and picturesque regions in the world.
Wildlife is prolific in this northern territory from vast herds of caribou, grizzly bears and wolves roaming the wild lands.
The Yukon, along with its neighbours, is a great driving destination with well-maintained scenic roads offering access to all four corners.
Famous for its gold rush history, this influence can be seen throughout the territory with many of the towns originating from the prospectors who travelled here in search of the gold that was settled in the many rivers.
- Drive along the unpaved Dempster Highway regarded as one of the most scenic drives in the world, with spectacular seasonal colours and views across the expansive tundra landscape
- Watch as grizzly bears plunge for salmon, ice fishing in the glacial waters of the remote Yukon rivers
- Experience one of nature’s greatest displays — the bright lights of the Aurora Borealis
- View the abundant wildlife including some of North America’s most impressive and rare species including the grizzly bear, caribou, wolves, coyote and lynx
- Explore the dramatic peaks and glaciers of Kluane National Park, home to Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan
When to visit the Yukon
Summer and winter offer great possibilities to visit the Yukon. The key summer season when most travellers visit runs from late May through to September, whilst there are variations within this on wildlife viewing and the changing temperatures.
In the fall months of September and October, vibrant colours cover the mountain slope before being covered by the white blanket of winter snow and is one of the most scenic times to visit. Although winter is quiet time here, it brings out the winter sports of snow shoeing and dog sledding and the multi-coloured spectacle of the Northern Lights.