Yukon Territory, Alaska & Northern British Columbia
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.
Quick Facts & Yukon History:
- Yukon Holidays: Heritage Day – February 26th, 2010 & Discovery Day – August 16th, 2010.
- The floral emblem of the Yukon is the Fireweed.
- The official bird is the Raven.
- 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.
- The central part of Yukon receives 6.5 inches (165mm) of rain per year, less than Arizona.
- There 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 world’s 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.
- In 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 $110,000.
- 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.