Yukon, a region that not only offers outstanding aurora viewing opportunities, but a region of breath-taking wilderness in one if the most sparsely populated, yet accessible, areas of North America.
As the Yukon is well-positioned within the auroral oval making it an ideal choice for a Canada northern lights holiday. The Yukon benefits from a longer aurora season than many other destinations worldwide lasting from September to April when darkness really comes to the Yukon’s skies.
When not marveling at the aurora, the Yukon offers almost every outdoor pursuit imaginable. Hiking, cycling and kayaking in the warmer months give way to snow shoes, skis, snowmobiles, dog sleds, igloo building and ice fishing when the region is covered with a blanket of snow.
Location: 64° N, 135° W
Area: 482,443 km2
Time Zone: GMT - 8
The airport in Whitehorse serves the Yukon region with select routes flying directly but many more with a change.
With temperatures ranging from 21°C in the summer to -22°C at the coldest in January the Yukon has a varied seasonal climate.
The dark skies in winter, and the Yukon’s ideal location in relation to the auroral oval make it an ideal place for a Canada northern lights holiday, with the ideal time to see aurora lasting from September to April.
The southern Yukon region is dotted with a large, long and narrow glacier-fed alpine lakes, most of which flow into the Yukon River.
Canada's highest peak is Mount Logan which stands 5,959 m. The Kluane National Park and Reserve in the southwest of the Yukon province is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The capital, Whitehorse, is the largest city in the region, accounting for two-thirds of the region’s population. The region is wild, rugged and sparsely populated making it a perfect destination for a Canada luxury adventure holiday or a Canada northern lights holiday.
Plants and Animals
The Yukon is a nature lover’s paradise with close to 80 percent of the land remaining as pristine. It contains forested valleys, unspoiled waters and untamed wildlife. It is home to more than 160,000 caribou, 70,000 moose, 22,000 mountain sheep, 7,000 grizzly bears, 10,000 black bears and 250 species of birds - and only 34,000 humans.
Notable widespread tree species within Yukon include the Black Spruce and White Spruce. Many trees are stunted because of the short growing season and severe climate.
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