The Yukon is a wild and mountainous territory situated in northwest Canada, and although it’s the smallest territory in the country, it’s home to Canada’s highest peak (Mount Logan, measuring 5,959m). Not to mention it’s brimming with magnificent glaciers, stunning hiking trails, glorious rivers, gorgeous alpine lakes and vast forests.
With so much to see and do, the Yukon really is a paradise for us adventure travellers. So, to find out about just some of the incredible activities are on offer in the area, we teamed up with the folks at Grand American Adventures, who are experts in group adventure holidays, to see what all the fuss is about.
So, without further ado, here are five unmissable activities to try in the Yukon.
The magnificent Yukon River twists and bends its way through the territory’s rich and diverse landscape, and taking to these impressive waters is an exciting way to experience the Yukon’s true backcountry wilderness, fascinating wildlife, stunning views and mountains, all from the comfort of your canoe. It’s likely that, as you paddle, you’ll spot such animals as black bears, salmon, moose and beavers, as sightings of these species are very common in this area.
2. Hiking in the Yukon
The scenery in the Yukon is just staggering, and the best way to experience it is to head to the hills and mountains. The territory boasts mind-blowing viewpoints that are all accessible by hiking the trails in the area, and there are plenty to choose from. The Yukon is famous for Kluane National Park and Preserve, located in the southwest of the territory, which is home to Mount Logan. Measuring a whopping 5,959m, it’s not only the highest peak in the Yukon, but the highest in all of Canada. The area is perfect for hiking and has some incredible sights to offer such as the Kaskawulsh Glacier, and you may just spot golden eagles as you go.
It’s at the top of the bucket for most adventure travellers out there – to catch a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. Enchanting ribbons of colour ripple across the night sky, creating a scene of dancing lights right before your very eyes. The experience will prickle the tiny little hairs on the back of your neck and is sure to give you goosebumps! Though they are never guaranteed, you’re most likely to spot this natural phenomenon between the months of August through to April.
You have the right to roam in the Yukon, so you may wild camp if you’re respectful to your surroundings and practise the leave no trace rules. You can find the relevant information online, but the rules generally involve disposing of your waste properly, respecting the wildlife, and leaving the sight as undisturbed at possible. If you don’t fancy going wild, then there are an abundance of camping sites to choose from should you like your little luxuries (like a flushing loo!). Camping in the Yukon is a fantastic way to connect to nature and to truly feel free – you may even spot the Northern Lights from your tent. Bliss.
5. Dog sledding in the Yukon
Photo: Stefan Wackerhagen
If you love dogs, you’ll absolutely love dog sledding in the Yukon. It’s a great way to pick up the pace and experience more of this extraordinary landscape. What’s more, you’ll be amazed by the friendliness and energy of these beautiful dogs, as they elegantly pull you through the wilderness. Your guide will teach you the basics of mushing, and also how to care for these magnificent animals. What an exhilarating way to enjoy this area of outstanding natural beauty.
If you’d like to experience all that the Yukon has to offer, then you’ll love the adventure holidays offered by Grand American Adventures. Choose from an abundance of fun and exciting packages such as an eight-day canoeing adventure, where you’ll camp and paddle your way through the spectacular backcountry wilderness, or perhaps you’d prefer a 14-day hiking experience where you’ll camp and hike in some of the most beautiful areas this territory has to offer, such as Kluane National Park.
If you love the sound of the above and would like to find out more about the incredible adventure holidays on offer, then head over to the Grand American Adventures website.