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.