Highlights From the Yukon: What to expect when you Venture to Canada’s North

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It would be my first visit to Canada – the self-dubbed land of maple syrup, ice hockey and bears. Sure, there’s a lot more to Canada beyond these few small characteristics, but these were the few comical selections I wanted to ensure I engaged in whilst here. Given it was my first time venturing North of the States to neighbouring Canada, I had entirely no idea where to start. So instead of heading to the big cities to find just that – cities – I started off in the North (or more accurately the Northwest) of the country and visited the Yukon region. Here’s a brief insight into my trip, before I breakdown the standout highlights in forthcoming articles…

See more: Video Diary from the Yukon

Highlights from The Yukon

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Whitehorse

It all started in Whitehorse, as it does for most visitors to “The Yukon” as it is affectionately known to locals. I flew in off a connecting 2 hour flight from Vancouver and collected my bags from the stand alone baggage carrousel before lugging them outside into the rain. Yes, the rain. I visited during summer, but the weather up North was substantially different to the rest of the country. While it only rained for a couple of days and was sunny for the most part, the weather was noticeably a few degrees cooler than elsewhere in Canada during August. Lesson learned: pack some layers and a rain jacket, as you never know what to expect!

Dawson City

Dawson City

I spent my full weekend further in the depths of the Yukon in the once capital and initial Klondike gold rush town, Dawson City. Situated a (roughly) six hour drive from the now capital (Whitehorse), Dawson City is an absolute must visit while in the Yukon. The town has cleverly preserved their unique mining history – complete with colourful buildings, saloons, and infamous cultural observations such as “The Sour Toe Cocktail“.

See more: Video diary from Dawson City!

Alaska Highway

Alaska Highway

During my time in the Yukon, I was also able to enjoy a snippet of the Alaska Highway – which is aptly named due to its connection through to Alaska (go figure)! While the highway was merely a connection between Whitehorse and Haine’s Junction, the gateway to the Kluane National Park, it also served as an attraction within itself.

Haines Junction Yukon

Haines Junction

There isn’t a whole heap to say about Haines Junction if you go by the books, but in reality it is the perfect little pitstop along your travel route. If you do happen to stop by for some poutine, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re after a healthy snack or smoothie, head to the local bakery (you can’t miss it – ask a local to point you in the right direction if you do struggle). It is also from here where glacier flights into the Kluane National Park take off – an absolute must do!

Kluane National Park

Kluane National Park

Now we’re talkin!!!

One of my all time bucket list activities has been to have contact with glaciers. Whilst there was no contact per se, a flight over these impressive glaciers in the Kluane National Park was about as memorable as it gets! Check them out to book yourself in for a once in a lifetime flight (it still makes me giddy with excitement as I write this)!

“What camera was this taken on?” I used my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark with a fisheye pro lens.

Dawson City

Top of the World Highway

Just over the river from Dawson City is the renowned “Top of the World” Highway drive through to Alaska. If you’re combining a trip to the Yukon with Alaska (as many do), this drive is as spectacular as they come.

Tombestone National Park

Tombstone National Park

Just a couple hours outside of Dawson City is one of the most spectacular national parks in the Yukon! Tombestone National Park is full of great hiking trails if you’re visiting in the warmer months, or if you just want to come check it out for a few hours there are some great viewpoints to drive to inside the park.

Still Want More?

While these are all the sights I was able to fit into a one week visit to The Yukon, there’s still plenty more to see and do in the region. If time is on your side, also consider the following popular stops in The Yukon:

Miles Canyon Basalts; Takhini Hot Springs; Yukon River; Schwatka Lake.

Find out more of what is on offer in the Yukon here.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

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    Ana Katarina

    September 2, 2015

    Looks so peaceful. Wanna pack my suitcase!

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    Lisa

    August 24, 2015

    Great post. I’m in Australia but we’ve been meaning to visit my relatives in Alberta for ages and I really wanted to also visit eastern Canada. Unfortunately it’s expensive and far! Hadn’t thought of going up north instead.

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    Alexis C

    August 24, 2015

    I went on a road trip from Vancouver, B.C. to Alaska this summer. Yukon (and I guess the rest of Northern Canada) is definitely the most underrated place in the entire country!

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    Tess

    August 23, 2015

    The jealousy right now is out of this world…

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    Kari

    August 23, 2015

    How gorgeous! I would love to visit there someday

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    Colleen Friesen

    August 22, 2015

    It was so great to meet you and travel with you in the Yukon…I’m especially glad I was there for your inaugral poutine tasting 🙂 Looking forward to reading about your next Canadian experiences in Quebec.
    Happy Trails Brooke!

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    Britt

    August 22, 2015

    Canada has never been high on my radar until I started seeing all of your beautiful photos!

    I’m loving the regular VLOGs!!

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    Maddy @ Travel Alphas

    August 22, 2015

    Canada is such a beautiful place! Cannot wait to visit again in November! The Yukon looks like such a stunning area of Canada; it’ll have to be added to my list!

    -Maddy

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    Kris

    August 22, 2015

    Loved this post as I was also just in the Yukon…although as an Albertan it wasn’t as far of a trip for me. We drove all the way to Whitehorse up the Alaskan Highway and found the entire trip breathtakingly beautiful. Awesome photos!

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    Kelley Matney

    August 22, 2015

    I have been so fascinated with Canada lately, especially because it is so close! The landscapes there are just mesmerizing.

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    Sarah

    August 21, 2015

    Even though I lived on the Alaskan highway in Alberta for almost three years, I never made it up to the Yukon. It looks amazing! Thanks for the pics 🙂

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    Eden

    August 21, 2015

    You’re making me want to visit the Yukon someday — looks amazing there! Dawson City sounds like a place that I would love. If you want to actually walk on glaciers and see them close up — I highly recommend a visit to Alberta. Just outside of Jasper they have tours to the Columbia Icefield Glaciers. It’s a lot of fun!

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    Allison @ Head Elsewhere

    August 21, 2015

    Looks stunning! I just visited Victoria, British Columbia earlier this summer, and would love to explore deeper into British Columbia.

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    Cassie

    August 21, 2015

    I LOVE that you went off the beaten path for your first trip to Canada! Looking forward to more posts on your trip 😀

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    Vera

    August 21, 2015

    Wow! This looks amazing. I have always wanted to visit this part of Canada and this certainly proofs to really be a wonderful place to go. All the National Parks and wild beauty there! I’d specially love to do the Alaska Road, sounds so cool. With love,
    Vera

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    Erika

    August 21, 2015

    Great post! love your blog! ive only followed you recently and i love it! so inspiring and entertaining, what more could i want in life?! xxx

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    Britt

    August 21, 2015

    Looks A-mazing! Almost makes me want to change my upcoming California road trip to a Yukon road trip! But shall settle for adding it to my ever growing travel list… Thanks for another great piece, looking forward to future Yukon articles.

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    talktomyshoes

    August 21, 2015

    Glad you had a great trip up to the Great White North and am so happy to hear you made it way up to the Yukon. Very cool. My Grandfather worked up there pioneering for a huge part of his career so I’m happy to see you enjoyed your adventure! Come back to Canada soon, we have even more to offer!

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    Elizabeth

    August 21, 2015

    Awesome, glad to see you’ve made it to Canada! And up North at that! I’m from Newfoundland, which is the complete opposite side of the country and it’s amazing how different Canada can be. Everywhere is different and unique – it’s not all bears and maple syrup, or even cities. Every town, city, or province has a unique history and identity that takes a very very long time to experience it all!

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    Courtney

    August 21, 2015

    Love your photographs! Canada really is such a beautiful country!

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