100 Reasons Why You Need to Travel to The Yukon

Having just gotten back from a week of exploring the Yukon Territories, I am still on a high from going off the grid, living in the great outdoors and spotting wildlife such as Grizzly bears, deer, and hawks.

Because Covid-19 has made it a little tricky to travel internationally, my partner and I decided to check out more of Northern Canada and I am so happy we did. It’s made our summer feel somewhat normal, despite what’s going on in the world.

On my return home, many friends have ask me, “Why the Yukon?” So I’ve put together a robust list of 100 reasons why YOU need to go to the Yukon. If you reach the end of this list, I’m seriously proud of you. If your bags aren’t packed, what are you waiting for? I encourage you to explore this corner of the world that’s packed with Canadian history and breathtakingly beautiful views.

  1. The flight from Vancouver to Yukon is a quick 2 hours! That’s right, almost the same amount of time to drive to Whistler…I’m gonna guess you didn’t know that. Also, all B.C. residents are allowed in without having to quarantine for 14 days.
  2. Spot a Grizzly bear (or two like we did) in its natural habitat.
  3. Eat at the 7th Best Restaurant in Canada Wayfarer Oyster House . Trust me, it’s one of the most delicious restaurants I’ve ever dined at. From fresh shucked oysters to toasted sourdough clam toast, this restaurant has fabulous food but zero pretentiousness.
  4. Climb aboard a piece of history – the S.S. Klondike, the largest Steamship in its fleet which hulled goods up and down the Yukon River from 1929-1939.
  5. Drink a mummified toe…but don’t swallow it as that will cost you a hefty fine of $2500. Find the Sour Toe Cocktail at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City and meet Captain Terry who has been dishing the toe to those brave enough for 7 years.
  6. Take the five minute cruise on The George Black Ferry to West Dawson Campsite and stay the night under the stars beside the Yukon River. This was our mode of transportation for the two days we were in Dawson and it did not disappoint.
  7. Eat delicious fresh bagels from Bullet Hole Bagels.
  8. Pan for real golden nuggets in Dawson City.
  9. Meet the locals and grab a brew at The Gold Pan Saloon at The Gold Rush Inn Hotel. Stay the night in their newly renovated fourth floor bedrooms with a king bed and spacious layout, it’s a great break from the RV.
  10. Indulge in the house-made Sourdough Banana Bread Pudding at Klondike Rib & Salmon in Whitehorse. But make sure you eat with a friend because this slice of pudding is huge.
  11. Visit the Paddlewheel Graveyard in the West Dawson Campsite. Here you will find the remains of seven historic paddlewheel boats, formally the primary way of travel in the Yukon before 1950.
  12. Wake up with a breakfast at Burnt Toast in Whitehorse. Friendly staff, and really tasty food.
  13. Take in the sights and sounds with a walk down by the wharf beside the rushing Yukon River.
  14. Take a swim in the Takhini Hot Springs located just outside of Whitehorse.
  15. Learn about the culture and way of life of the Kwanlin Dün First Nations people.
  16. Rent an RV for the week and drive up the Alaska Highway. We rented from Fraserway RV and couldn’t have been happier with the service and comfort of the RV we were given. Just remember to add on convenience kits which will include your bedding, pots, pans and cutlery.
  17. Hike the Alsek Valley in the Kluane Nation Park and Reserve. One of my favorite things we did in the Yukon was explore this beautiful nature park. We spotted bear, moose, deer, wolf, and sheep tracks.
  18. Grab authentic BBQ like a smoked chicken sandwich and creamy mac n cheese from Smoke and Sow food truck in Whitehorse.
  19. Shop Canadian T’s, maple syrup and candies at Paradise Alley in Whitehorse.
  20. View the back country forests by float plane with Alpine Aviation.
  21. Cuddle with Husky puppies at Caribou Crossing. These Siberian Husky and Pomeranian pups need socializing and what’s better than hugging a fluff ball? Nothing!
  22. Walk the very accessible Millennium Trail. A well laid 4.5Km loop that all can access including wheelchairs. This is also a dog friendly path but they just need to be on leash.
  23. Drink a Beermosa, Old Fashioned, or Royal Aviation cocktail at Woodcutters Blanket in the heart of Whitehorse. If you’re hungry, this awesome restaurant/brewery has delicious sandwiches and soups.
  24. Shop local at Horwoods Mall – Your one stop shop for great coffee (Baked Cafe), soaps and candles (The Collective Good) and freshly baked bagels (Bullet Hole Bagels).
  25. Taste the single malt Two Brewers Whisky from Yukon Brewing.
  26. Go for a late night aurora canoe tour on Lake Laberge with Terra Riders. This tour includes a campfire, hot chocolate, and marshmallows.
  27. River raft down the Tatshenshini River.
  28. Sleep under the stars at Pine Lake Campground outside of Haines Junction. All government campgrounds are equipped with fire wood, picnic tables, outhouses and fire pits.
  29. Run through the Arctic Desert of Carcross. Considered the smallest desert in the world, these sand dunes were created in the last glacial period. The lakes eventually dried and the silt was left behind.
  30. Shop authentic crafts at owned and operated by First Nations shop, Indian Craft Shop. This place has incredible moccasins, mukluks and mitts.
  31. Eat bear paw fudge at Midnight Sun Emporium.
  32. Spot a moose or moose tracks in Kluane National Park and Reserve.
  33. Hike up the Midnight Dome to catch views of Dawson City and the rubble left behind from gold panning during the Klondike.
  34. Catch the famous “Gold Rush Girls” Can Can show at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall. The Gambling Hall also dishes out food so you can enjoy a prime rib dinner and a show.
  35. Pay only $12 per night to camp at any one of the Government Campgrounds.
  36. Feast your eyes on real gold and silver jewelry from Forty Mile Gold Workshop.
  37. Sip on a jalapeno infused tequila margarita at the great Bombay Peggy’s in Dawson City.
  38. Catch a fish on a custom guided fly fishing tour with Wilderness Fishing Yukon.
  39. Stay a night in the log cabin or yurt at the Mount Logan Lodge, the perfect gateway to Kluane National Park and Reserve.
  40. Explore the many trail networks in Miles Canyon.
  41. Spot an otter or beaver on the banks of the Miles Canyon.
  42. Eat a hearty meal like the miners and order the Salisbury Steak dinner from the Eldorado Hotel Dining Room in Dawson.
  43. Visit the stunning totem poles at the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Center.
  44. Capture a selfie at the most photographed lake in the Yukon, Emerald Lake.
  45. Stay warm by making your very own Spruce Tip Tea using a branch of spruce tree. We made this in our RV using a pot of boiling water and a Spruce tree branch.
  46. Yukon is the home of Canada’s tallest mountain – Mount Logan. Did you know that the Mount Logan Range is larger than Everest but just shy of being taller?
  47. Visit the Da Ku information Center in Haines Junction to learn all about the Kluane National Park. Most visitor centers are a quick drive-by to grab a couple pamphlets but not this one – we spent a good half hour reading all about the wildlife, using their built in scale to compare our weight to that of a moose (they’re huge!) and reading about the previous expeditions that took place up Mount Logan back in 1925.
  48. Learn a little Canadian history at the McBride Museum.
  49. Stay up really late or wake up super early to catch a glimpse of the stunning Aurora (Northern Lights) – the beautiful colourful lights that dance in the night sky as a result of electrically charged particles colliding.
  50. Take a road trip along the Dempster Highway to experience a dirt road highway that goes all the way to Northwest Territories.
  51. Visit Keno City, once a town with the richest silver deposits and now a city which inspires emerging artists with multi-day workshops.
  52. Often called Canada’s Patagonia, take in the sights of Tombstone Territorial Park and hike the many trails this stunning park has to offer.
  53. Go on a half day or multi day dog sledding adventure with Muktuk Adventures.
  54. Taste Juniper berry, Rose-hips, and Fireweed straight from the source. Many of the plants that grow in the Yukon territory are edible or can be used for medicinal purposes.
  55. If you’re a sushi fiend like most Vancouverites, enjoy a bite of Japan at the authentic Tokyo Sushi on Main Street in Whitehorse.
  56. Take in the annual Sourdough Festival in February, filled with fun and games like ax throwing, and local performances.
  57. Eat some of the finest French imports like Fromager D’affinois and chorizo from The Gourmet in Whitehorse.
  58. Enjoy a brew and tapas board of french onion crostinis, poutine and salmon tartare at Polarity Brewing in Whitehorse.
  59. Take a scenic drive through the Southern Lakes region.
  60. Learn about the town of Faro’s mining history.
  61. Visit and stay the night at the historical guesthouse of Sam McGee built in 1907.
  62. Build your own campfire and make s’mores in the great outdoors.
  63. Swim in Kathleen Lake or go boating and catch yourself a rainbow trout.
  64. Ascent up the 15km Kings Throne hike, if you’re feeling adventurous.
  65. Fly into the arctic base camp of Ivvavik National Park – this park is the only place you will find the Yukon’s only ocean shoreline.
  66. Go kayaking and raven watching in the Lapie Canyon.
  67. Get up close and personal with 11+ different species in their natural habitat at The Yukon Wild Life Preserve.
  68. Stay a night with your fur baby at The Edgewater Hotel beside the Yukon River. Yes this hotel is 100% pet friendly.
  69. Mountain bike the Nares View Trail with stunning views of the Nares and Tagish Lakes.
  70. Enjoy a fresh Halibut burger and creamy seafood chowder from Sourdough Joe’s in Dawson City.
  71. Go off-roading with Terra Rider’s above Fish Lake to get the most epic view of Whitehorse.
  72. Crack a delicious sour beer from Deep Dark Woods brewing.
  73. Explore the Keno Steamship in Dawson City. Built in 1922, to transfer silver, lead and zinc.
  74. Become a bookworm at Mac’s Fireweed Books.
  75. For the cocktail enthusiast, pick up handcrafted bitters from Free Pour Jenny’s including rosehip, spruce tip, rhubarb, fireweed bitters and more.
  76. Meet the ice age giants, the woolly mammoth at the natural history museum – Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.
  77. Listen to the howls of wolves late at night while camping. We heard wolves howling at Pine Lake campground as we lay down in our RV ready for bed.
  78. Enjoy a crisp Spruce Tip Ale before it sells out at Winterlong Brewing. Don’t forget to check out their merch wall as it’s one of the best I’ve seen from a brewery.
  79. Get creative in your camper and make the traditional Canadian dish called Poutine – fries, cheese curds, and gravy. We did this with the gravy and fries from Klondike Rib & Salmon and added cheese we bought from The Gourmet.
  80. Take a polar swim in the freezing but beautiful Emerald Lake.
  81. Camp anywhere you like! But seriously. See a stunning spot? Pull over and set up camp because in the Yukon you’re able to do this as long as you’re not on private property.
  82. Drive the Top of the World Highway where the Yukon meets Alaska.
  83. Fill up on burrito wraps and baked cinnamon rolls before your hike at The Village Bakery in Haines Junction.
  84. Grab a bag of gourmet coffee beans from Midnight Sun Roasters or Firebean Coffee.
  85. Walk the city of Whitehorse in a day! Yup, it’s small and all so charming.
  86. Visit Mayo (not Hellman’s no) but Mayo the city, which happens to be both the hottest and coldest in the whole territory.
  87. Pick up a piping hot breakfast wrap with crispy hash browns from Riverwest Bistro before your road rip from Dawson back to Whitehorse.
  88. Appeal to your sweet tooth at Klondike Cream & Candy in Dawson City.
  89. Spot an Arctic Swan in Kluane National Park. I betcha didn’t even know the Yukon had swans.
  90. Chow down on all the bison jerky and beer sticks you need from Off The Hook Meat Works Butcher in Whitehorse.
  91. Experience the midnight sun – the period of time in the summer where the sun doesn’t set and there is 24 hours of daylight.
  92. Spot the deadly Five Finger Rapids, where the Yukon River is split into five channels by four islands. A place where many a Steamwheelers got stuck in the eastern pass or merely missed the edges of the islands by an inch.
  93. Catch a game of Broomball, originated in Canada it’s not quite hockey or lacrosse but a mix of both! Players hit a small ball on an ice rink using their sticks called “brooms.”
  94. Play a round of golf at Meadow Lakes Golf Club.
  95. Go skiing or snowboarding up Mount Sima. Yes, the Yukon has a ski hill!
  96. Check out the stunning First Nations prints, sculptures and traditional craft at the North End Gallery in Whitehorse.
  97. Transport back in time at the Yukon Transportation Museum.
  98. Home to one of the most epic playgrounds for kids, Rotary Peace Park in Whitehorse is perfect for all ages. Adults can play beach volleyball as the kiddos swing from the monkey bars. If you’re lucky, you can catch Smoke and Sow Food Truck here.
  99. Check out the YACThe Yukon Arts Centre which features art exhibitions, visual workshops and performances.
  100. Discover your own adventure.

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Kate is the creator of Hungry Feed and a Yelp Elite 4 years strong. When Kate isn’t thinking about her next meal, she’s hiking the mountains in British Columbia and cuddling with her cat Snoop Dogg. Kate’s favorite quote to live by is “People who love to eat are the best people” – Julia Child.

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