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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.

Dawson City Overview Photo

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.
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