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Yukon Territory Travel Guide

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In the extreme northwest of Canada bordering Alaska, the territory of the Yukon is wintry, wild and wonderful. Known as Canada's 'True North', it's a spectacular wilderness of national and territorial parks filled with stunning landscapes and rare wildlife, such as the 120,000-strong Porcupine caribou herd that is protected in the Vuntut and Ivvavik National Parks. Black and grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, wolves and musk oxen are some of the other creatures spotted regularly all over this region.

The Yukon's tourism is focused around outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking and hiking in the summer, and skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, snowmobiling and dog sledding in the winter.

The Yukon also has its own natural magical light show in winter: undulating ribbons of pale-green, pink and blue lights shimmer in the night sky as the Aurora Borealis phenomenon delights watchers below. The province also boasts Canada's highest mountain, the majestic Mount Logan peak in Kluane Park, which rises up from a sea of ice.

Although 80 percent of the Yukon is wilderness, people live here too. Native Yukoners are spirited and uniquely connected to their land, having plenty of tales and traditions to share with travellers. Many legends survive from the days of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897, when 30,000 aspirants arrived in Dawson City in hope of making their fortunes. The First Nations culture is also well preserved, with museums, historic sites and interpretive centres throughout the province providing fascinating insights.

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