Comprehensive links to attractions, bed & breakfasts, hotels & motels, outdoor adventures, sightseeing tours and more for the Yukon Territory, Inuvik, Beaufort Delta, Northern British Columbia and Skagway Alaska.
Facts & Yukon History:
- Yukon Holidays: Heritage Day - February
22nd, 2013 & Discovery Day - August 19th, 2013.
- The floral emblem of the Yukon
is the Fireweed.
- The official bird is the
- The official tree of the Yukon is
the sub-alpine fir.
- The Yukon Territory is large
enough to hold the states of California, Arizona,
Delaware and West Virginia.
- The famous Yukon River
is 2,200 miles (3,520 km) long. You can canoe
2,050 miles from Whitehorse to the Bering Strait.
central part of Yukon receives 6.5 inches (165
mm) of rain per year, less than Arizona.
are approximately 65,000 moose, 10,000 black
bear and 4,500 wolves in the Yukon.
- The White
Pass & Yukon Route
is 110.7 miles (178 km) long. Of this, 20.4
miles (32.8 km) are in Alaska; 32.2 miles
(51.8 km) in British Columbia, and 58.1 miles
(93.5 km) in the Yukon.
- Whitehorse is the third
largest city in Canada by area.
- The Carcross Desert
is the worlds
smallest at 642 acres (260 hectares).
- Yukon has a population
of just over 31,000 people today, almost identical
to that of 1900.
- Of our population base, over
23,000 reside in Whitehorse.
- This is the home to fourteen First
Nations, speaking eight different languages.
Gwich'in, Han, Upper Tanana, Northern Tutchone,
Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, Tagish and Kaska.
- Yukon First Nations rich culture
and history in Yukon dates back as far as
the last Ice Age (approx. 50,000 years).
- Gold is 19 times heavier than water.
- The Dempster
is the only public highway in North America to
cross the Arctic Circle.
- The steamer Seattle returned
from Dawson City in November 1897 with $800,000
in drafts and securities and 35 lbs. of gold.
1898 about 25,000 gold-seekers hiked the Chilkoot
Trail for the boomtown of Dawson City.
- A gold
nugget was unearthed in the Klondike that weighed
over 72 ounces. Its value in 1898 was $1,158
- value today is well over $30,000.
- One of the
first women crossing the Chilkoot Trail in 1897
was Belinda Mulroney from Scranton, PA.
- The 1,520
mile (2,446 km) Alaska Highway was constructed
in eight months and twelve days in 1942.
- Up to
200 people died shooting the Miles Canyon and
Whitehorse rapids. The rapids were named because
the spray resembled the manes of a herd of white
horses. The rapids are now dammed, but the City
of Whitehorse retains the name
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