Some say the Yukon is Canada’s wildest frontier and some Canada’s golden nugget. Call it what you may but call it Canada’s biggest and best outdoor winter adventure playground. Only a short, direct flight from Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa or Yellowknife, Whitehorse is where you’ll want to hang your toque at the end of a winter day living large in the great outdoors. Here’s our top 10 reasons to put the Yukon on your winter travel bucket list.
1. A plethora of unique outdoor adventures
With so many new and different experiences to be had, cabin fever AKA winter boredom does not exist in the Yukon. From snowshoeing to dog mushing, hiking, skiing and ice fishing, pick your pleasure and prepare to take on Canada’s wildest frontier.
2. Canada’s biggest playground
Did you know that the Yukon represents 4.8% of Canada’s total land area and has a population of only 38,000 people while California, with the same land mass has 39 million people? It is said that the Yukon has the cleanest, purest air in the world. The land mass is so vast that you become one with nature and the beauty that surrounds you. Adventures without boundaries await. Prepare to experience the ultimate connection to the great outdoors
3. The scenery
The unparalleled rush of flying in a four seat plane over the Yukon / Alaska border’s with it’s jaw dropping glaciers and majestic mountains is both nerve-wracking and awe-inspiring at the same time. You are in the best of hands with the aviation team at Rocking Star Adventures. So you will live to tell your tales of wonder. Get lost in this magnificence of this wide-open landscape.
4. Showcase the wild side of winter fashion
The people of Whitehorse are hipsters and they don’t even know it! Big city trends like the lumbersexual, earmuffs or Muk Muk’s in the Yukon aren’t a fashion statement but the norm. This is the place to wear all your favourite winter accessories, even that crazy double pom pom toque your grandma knit you. Over the top winter wear is part of the fun. With no shortage of northern-cool bars and hangouts around town for après, you’ll want to bring your best winter wardrobe. Some of the the local favourite hot spots include The Dirty Northern, The Gold Pan Blues Bar and of course The Capital Hotel. Other winter happenings like the Yukon Quest dog sled race and Rendezvous offer the ultimate in themed, classic, northern events.
5. Beer worth freezing for
Plain and simple, après tastes better up north. You simply cannot go to Whitehorse and not take a tour of Yukon Brewing, or at the very least taste testing a cold craft beer. Yukon Brewing is now in the scotch game too. So if single malt is your poison, you are in luck. Caution, it sells out as fast as it is produced…need we say more.
6. Northern Lights
Visiting the Yukon must include a Northern Lights quest. Leave your expectation behind and be open to the late night light show unique and different every time. Try a Travel Yukon northern lights guided tour for the ultimate all around group Aurora experience or if you prefer small and intimate, head to a secluded gem like Inn on the Lake for a more private experience.
Whether Blazing trails like Bonneville Ridge or Miles Canyon, bliss out on the feeling of being truly alone and at one with the Yukon.
8. Rustic – lux
Even the most rugged outdoorsy types will enjoy the charm and comforts the Yukon offers to counterbalance the wild adventures and outdoor play. Embrace the rustic side of the Yukon wilderness and then treat yourself to some good old up north luxury charm. Whether it’s a dreamy night at Inn on the Lake, dinner at restaurants like Wheelhouse, Antoinette’s and Georgio’s Cuccina know that the town offers a plethora of ways to wrap up your day in style.
9. The Canadian way
Come home from your Yukon getaway feeling connected to the planet, connected to the culture and reconnected to your inner self. Its fresh air, Canadian charm and boundless beauty will leave you smitten with Canada’s true north…the Yukon.
10. The people
It takes a certain type of person to live up north year round. Despite the myriad of ways you will be captured by the Yukon, it’s the people you will remember most. They are not vacationers, they are not fair weather adventurers or weekend warriors, they are the down-home, good vibration people of the Yukon. Long after you leave you will forever remember them.
We feel blessed to have been included in their inner circle for a few short days and encourage you to put the Yukon on your winter travel list.