The Yukon is the westernmost of Canada’s three federal territories, Whitehorse, the wilderness city, is our capital. “Yukon” means “great river” in Athapaskan language in reference to the Yukon River which runs 3600 kilometers. The approximate population of the Yukon includes; 185,000 caribou, 50,000 moose, 10,000 grizzly bears, 25,000 mountain sheep and 37,000 people.
The federal government’s Yukon Act, which received royal assent on March 27, 2002, confirmed “Yukon” as the standard, though “Yukon Territory” or “The Yukon” remains the more popular usage.
At 5,959 m (19,551 ft), Yukon’s Mount Logan, in Kluane National Park and Reserve, is the highest mountain in Canada and the second-highest in North America. Most of Yukon has a Subarctic climate, characterized by long cold winters and brief warm summers.
The Yukon has a rich and diverse First Nations culture, with 14 distinct First Nations.
The strongest tourism aspect of the Yukon is the legacy of the Klondike Gold Rush (1897 – 1899), which inspired such writers as Robert W. Service, Jack London and Jules Verne and which continues to inspire films and games.
The Yukon’s major industry is mining (gold, copper, lead, zinc and silver). Thousands of these prospectors flooded the territory, creating a colourful period in the Yukon’s history. This period, as well as the territory’s scenic wonders and outdoor recreation opportunities, make tourism an important industry.
The Yukon – it’s closer than you think.