Welcome to Yukon
Yukon is Canada's northern gem, where untamed wilderness is brightened by the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter. A sight in itself, the Alcan Highway connects the region.
The so-called gold rush may be over, but treasure still abounds in this northern province. Gaze at the magical shimmer of the Northern Lights or follow the footsteps of pioneers who struck gold.
The sternwheelers on the Yukon River remained the region's most important mode of transport for decades following the gold rush. It was not until 1955 that the SS Klondike II, built in 1937, gave up carrying ore from the silver mines in Mayo to Whitehorse for onward shipment by road. Tour a restored and refitted paddle steamer at the SS Klondike II National Historic Site on the Yukon embankment in the town center. Frantic Follies, a nightly revue in the Sheffield Hotel in Whitehorse features can-can girls and honky-tonk piano in the popular 1890s-style vaudeville show. McBride Museum has a large collection of relics and photographs from the gold rush days, including the log cabin belonging to Sam McGee about whom Robert Service, Bard of the Yukon, wrote a famous ballad. The museum at Black Mike's Gold Mine, 23 miles south of Whitehorse, brings to life the adventures of gold miners in the old Klondike days.
Schwatka and Chadburn Lakes recreation areas are easily accessible from downtown Whitehorse. Amenities include a boat ramp, picnic sites, and a series of hiking trails including one to Miles Canyon, one of the most visited natural attractions in Whitehorse.
For thousands of years the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation ancestors have used and continue to use the land and its resources. This northland is a vast Traditional Territory exceeding 50,000 square miles. Situated on the banks of the Porcupine River, Old Crow is isolated from other surrounding communities, and is accessible only by aircraft.
In the frantic days of the Klondike Gold Rush, Dawson City served as a focal point. The city has preserved its past and offers a vivid reminder of those days with gold panning tours, an old-fashioned gambling casino and more. Meander the wooden boardwalks and visit national historic treasures. Gaslight Follies, a nightly revue at the Palace Grand Theatre presents an authentic 1898 vaudeville show with songs, can-can dancers in colorful costumes and cabaret.
Diamond Tooth Gerties was built in 1910 by the Arctic Brotherhood and became the center of Dawson's most important social gatherings. Faithfully restored, it owes its name to a famous dance-hall queen, Gertie Lovejoy, who received her nickname from having a diamond inserted between her two front teeth.
Tour the Klondike Gold Fields and try your luck panning for gold. Drive to the hill known as Midnight Dome about five miles south-east of town for a panoramic view of Dawson City and the Yukon River, the Klondike Valley and the surrounding Ogilvie Mountains. Many of the gold-seekers found their last resting-place in the cemetery on the side of the hill. National Historic Sites include Dredge No. 4 and S.S. Keno.
Everything in the Yukon is large, especially Mount Logan. With an elevation of 19,551 feet it is Canada's highest mountain and the second tallest peak in North America. Towering above the peaks of Kluane National Park, the Logan massif is believed to have the largest circumference of any mountain on Earth. Eleven peaks protrude from this colossal hunk of rock and ice, each over 16,000 feet. Logan's staggering size is further enhanced by the St. Elias Icefields, one of the world's largest non-polar ice sheets. Surrounded by hundreds of miles of glacier ice few people are able to view its splendor. Mount Logan Canadian Titan Virtual Museum offers a visual overview of the mountain and provides information for mountaineers, backcountry travelers, and visitors interested in learning about the park's frozen interior.
While constructing the Alcan Highway, it was common practice for the US Army of Engineers to put up a directional post at their camps. It gave directions and mileage to surrounding communities and various parts of the world. While working on the highway in 1942, Private Carl K. Lindley was injured and taken to the Army Aid Station in Watson Lake to recuperate. During that time Carl's commanding officer had him repair and repaint the directional post. While Carl was carrying out this task he decided to add his home town sign of DANVILLE, ILLINOIS. And as they say, the rest is history. The World Famous Signpost Forest currently has over 72,000 signs… and counting!
During winter months the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) illuminate the black night sky with dancing displays of color. The Northern Lights Centre offers a visual display and information on the Aurora borealis.