The Yukon Territory is a hidden gem in Canada’s northwest corner. It is home to only 35,000 people and stretches into the endless wilderness. The Yukon is dominated in the south by dense boreal forest and in the north by treeless tundra. It’s also dotted with rugged peaks and lakeside beaches.
At age 7, I visited the territory for a half-day on an Alaskan cruise. It was a shore excursion, so I didn’t know much about it. It blew me away when I returned as an adult.
Because of its size and lack of public transportation options, the Yukon is a great place to go on a Canadian road trip. It takes two weeks to cover most of the territory’s attractions by car. You will visit both historic towns as well as the wild wilderness.
A little northern knowledge helped me make a cheap summer road trip to the area. You can also use this guide which includes all the most popular sights and some fun surprises! ).
Whitehorse is the Yukon’s capital and the largest city. It houses approximately 70% of the territory’s population. It is the hub of all major highways. Most rental car agencies are located here. The Erik Nielsen International Airport provides direct flights to all areas of Canada, Alaska, and Frankfurt, Germany.
Whitehorse is a sort of Austin or Portland of North; it’s one of the hippest places I’ve ever seen in Western Canada. There are many things to do in Whitehorse, which has three fun days.
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Tip – Get gas before you leave major cities. It can be up to half the price at smaller stations in remote areas. You also don’t want the Yukon wilderness to run out of fuel. You can drive hundreds of kilometers between gas stations in the north, so make sure to fill up wherever possible.
Dawson City had a population that was more than the whole Yukon Territory at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. It is a classic boomtown that has kept its heritage intact, with its authentic dirt roads, wood plank sidewalks, and turn-of-the-century buildings.