A trip through the Yukon Territory takes you through some of the most unspoiled, primordial countryside in the world. Countless miles of sprawling meadows, majestic mountain ranges, and so many lakes, rivers, and streams to fish or go kayaking, along with skies that fill with the Northern Lights at night – this is the Yukon. Prepare for a unique experience you’ll never forget.
Starting off at Dawson in the north, you get a sense that you’ve traveled back in time to the days of the Klondike Gold Rush. The town’s population is barely more than 1,500 and you can still meet people who are dog mushers and miners. Boardwalks line the streets and the buildings are much the same as they were in the 1800s. This is no Disney re-creation, though – things are now as they were then; this city has been frozen in a simpler, more rugged time.
Driving through some truly magnificent countryside, take the Provincial Route 2 for 50 miles to the town of Stewart’s Crossing, another product of the silver and gold rush days. There are still a few buildings left of the original town, but the real draw to this area is the Stewart River. Take the road that follows the Stewart River, and you’ll be treated to the incredible sight of a forest of white spruce trees. This is a prime spot to pull over and drink in the beauty of the scene.
Continuing south on the PR-2, a 120 miles later you’ll come to Whitehorse, which is the capital of Canada’s Yukon. More than 20 hours of sunshine per summer day allow you to get the most out of your daytime enjoyment, and with the entire great outdoors just waiting for you, you’ll be glad for the extra time. There are a great many historical sites to tour as well, which relate the story of Whitehorse’s role in the Gold Rush and the development of the Klondike.
And don’t forget the Northern Lights; if you plan your trip to coincide with their natural lightshow, you’ll have an awesome experience that you’ll want to come back and see again and again.