Yukon Territory, Canada

Yukon Territory, Canada


According to topschoolsintheusa.com, the Yukon Territory in Canada’s far north-west is perhaps best known for being the place where Gold Fever broke out on the Klondike. Cities like Dawson City still evoke the spirit of 19th-century prosperity and discovery. Even Yukon foods like sourdough bread and pancakes are reminiscent of that time. For many visitors, however, even more compelling than the history of the Yukon Territory’s inhabitants is the natural ambience of endless skies, vast lakes and fresh, clean air. The Yukon Territory consists mainly of mountain ranges, crossed by the mighty Yukon River and its tributaries. Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan, can also be found here. A major tourist attraction are the Northern Lights, which light up the night sky in large numbers. The pristine wilderness of the Yukon is relatively accessible because of the roads well preserved from the days of gold rushing and oil exploration. Tourist facilities are also available to travelers. the pristine wilderness of the Yukon is relatively accessible. Tourist facilities are also available to travelers. the pristine wilderness of the Yukon is relatively accessible. Tourist facilities are also available to travelers.

Getting there

Arriving by plane

There are no direct flights to the Yukon from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. However, Lufthansa (LH) flies direct to Vancouver, where there are connecting flights to Whitehorse. Air Canada (AC) operates most international flights and offers daily connections between Whitehorse and Vancouver. Air North (4N) offers flights from Whitehorse to Inuvik, Dawson City and Old Crow. First Air (7F) operates between Whitehorse and Fort Simpson and Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.

Flight times

Frankfurt/M. – Whitehorse: 12 hrs 30 mins; Zurich – Whitehorse: 13 hours 35 minutes; Vienna – Whitehorse: 14 h (each pure flight time); Vancouver – Whitehorse: 2 hrs 20 mins

Arrival by car

The largest road in the region is the Alaska Highway, which runs from Alaska to British Columbia and passes through Whitehorse. The Dempster Highway connects Dawson City to Inuvik to the north. The Klondike Highway connects Skagway, Alaska, and Dawson City, Yukon. Bus: Regular buses run between most municipalities in the province. Tolls: There are no toll roads or bridges in the Yukon Territory. Documents: The German national driving license is valid for 6 months in Canada. However, it is recommended that you carry your international driver’s license with you. All other nationalities require the International Driving Permit.

Arrival by train

The White Pass & Yukon Route Railway offers breathtaking panoramic journeys from Skagway (Alaska) over White Pass (British Columbia) to Carcross (Yukon).

Arrival by ship

Cruise ships and ferries operate between Bellingham in Washington (USA), Vancouver and Prince Rupert in British Columbia and Skagway (Alaska), from where Whitehorse can be reached by bus or a train/bus combination. Whitehorse is about 180 km from Skagway. Ferry information is available by calling +1 (800) 642.00.66 (toll free from US and Canada only).

Passport and visa regulations

Entry with children

Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.



Mainly English.

Public Holidays


As in the rest of Canada, plus:

Contact addresses

Yukon Department of Tourism & Culture Europe

c/o Bergold Promotions

Kleine Hochstrasse 4
+49 (69) 219 36 70 or +49 (170) 380 81 24.
http://travelyukon.de Yukon Department of Tourism & Culture
100 Hanson Street, Tourism and Culture Center
CAN-Whitehorse, Yukon
+1 (867) 667 50 36.
http://www.tc. gov.yk.ca


Business contacts

Yukon Chamber of Commerce Suite 101-307 Jarvis Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2H3 Tel: (867) 667 20 00. Fax: (867) 667 20 01. Email: [email protected] Internet: www.yukonchamber.com



Expeditions into the Yukon hinterland should only be undertaken with an experienced guide.


Whitehorse is Yukon’s capital (since 1953) and
is located on the west bank of the Yukon River. In the McBride Museum you can
trace the atmosphere at the time of the gold fever, including Sam McGee’s
cabin. On the river you can visit the paddle steamer
Klondike. Visitors can dig for gold in the Black Mikes gold mines.
The Schwatka offers a two-hour ride
through Miles Canyon and the Squaw and
Whitehorse rapids.



Moccasins, gold nuggets, Native American bone carvings, jewellery. Opening times: Mon-Wed and Sat 10am-6pm, Thu and Fri 10am-9pm.



Evening entertainment in the Yukon is at its most diverse during the historic pioneer festivals and during Mardi Gras. Dawson City has casinos, vaudeville theaters and can-can shows.



Moose (elk meat) is steamed, smoked or braised and served with sourdough (sourdough) and vegetables. Dall sheep (lamb), mountain goat, caribou and porcupine are also offered. Wild chicken and fish feature on most menus. There are a few restaurants in Dawson City and Whitehorse. Drinks: The local specialty is called Hooch (a blend of Canadian and imported rum) and is only available in the Yukon.



86 hotels/motels with a total of around 2500 rooms are available. In summer you should book well in advance. With the exception of the larger towns, accommodation options are rather scarce. Many hotels are closed in winter. Contact Tourism Yukon for more information.


Recommended only in summer and on state or private campsites. Some companies rent fully equipped campers. For more information, contact Tourism Yukon (see addresses).


Best travel time

Warm in summer, in June there is daylight almost around the clock. The winters are very cold.

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Yukon Territory, Canada