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Yukon Territory Attractions

Location: 60°-69°N 124°-141°W
The name Yukon comes from the Indian "diuke-on" meaning "clean water". The Yukon Territory is almost twice the size of the United Kingdom.

Kluane National Park

Kluane National Park is located in a land of mountains and glaciers, in Canada's far north. It is home to huge icefields, forests, grizzly bears, and all kinds of wildlife. Serious hikers and climbers frequent the park.
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St Elias Mountains

The ice-covered peaks of the St Elias Mountains can be seen from the Alaska Highway, almost 160 km (100 mi.) away, beyond the Kluane Range (up to 2500 m (8205 ft)).

Dawson City, Canada

Whitehorse, Canada

Yukon Circle Route

The approximately 1500 km (930 mi.) long Yukon Circle Route makes use of three highways, the Klondike Highway, the Top of the World Highway and the Alaska Highway, each a heady mixture of exciting scenery and historical fascination.

Klondike

Top of the World Highway

Traveling down the Top of the World Highway.
The Top of the World Highway owes its name to the many plateau and ranges of hills - mainly above the tree-line - over which it runs on its route between Dawson and then westward to Alaska. The border is passed after covering a 107 km (66 mi.) stretch of road with some of the most impressive panoramic views imaginable. From the border it is a further 181 km (112 mi.) to Tetlin Junction, where the Alaska Highway is reached.

Alaska Highway

The Alaska Highway stretches 2430 km from Dawson Creek, BC, to Fairbanks, Alaska. It is a major tourist route for independent travelers heading to the Yukon and Alaska.

Dempster Highway

The Dempster Highway passes through beautiful scenery of unspoiled wilderness. It is the only public road on the continent to go beyond the Arctic Circle, and runs from near Dawson City to Inuvik.

Yukon River

View of the Yukon River near Whitehorse.
Dominating influence over the entire Territory is the Yukon River, 3185 km (1979 mi.) from source to mouth and disgorging into the Bering Sea via an immense 30,000 sq. km (11,580 sq. mi.) delta in Alaska. Having its headwaters in the southern Yukon (Pelly River, Lewes River) the great waterway has a total catchment area of 855,000 sq. km (330,000 sq. mi.). It begins by flowing north through Whitehorse and Dawson City, then along the American Cordillera until, having reached the Arctic Circle, it makes its "big bend" to the west.
The Yukon is a gently flowing river, ice-covered from October to May. In summer melting snow causes it to flood. Made famous by the gold-rush at the end of the last century its best-known tributary the Klondike joins the Yukon River at Dawson.

Campbell Highway

Ivvavik National Park

Located in the northwest corner of the Yukon, Ivvavik National Park is noted for being a calving ground for Porcupine caribous. The park is also unique because it was never covered by glaciers.
Do to the remote location the only access to the park is by air.
Address: Western Arctic Field Unit, Box 1840, Inuvik, YK X0E0T0, Canada

Richardson Mountains

The Dempster Highway highway climbs up the slopes of the Richardson Mountains, almost bare of trees and covered in detritus and boulders. After crossing the high land of the Peel Plateau the road descends gradually to the plains of the Mackenzie Delta.

Vuntut National Park

Vuntut National Park covers 4,345sq/km in the northwest of the Yukon. The park protects land which is used by birds, muskrats, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, wolverine, marten, mink, foxes, ground squirrels, lynx, moose, muskox, and numerous other animals.
Address: Box 19, Old Crow, YK Y1A2B5, Canada

Mayo - Binet House Interpretive Centre

Binet House Interpretive Centre in Mayo offers information on the geology of the area including displays on the bedrock, permafrost, and glaciers. The centre also features displays on the history of Mayo complete with historic photos.
Address: 304 Second Avenue, Mayo, YK Y0B1M0, Canada
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