Here at Artisan, we research a destination very, very thoroughly before satisfying ourselves that we should feature it as a holiday destination. Canada is a bit of a problem in this respect because it’s so very large and so are its provinces and territories.
We’re slowly working our way through Canada’s northerly territories. Thus far, we’ve managed to cover The Yukon to our satisfaction and we’re sure that our trips to this remarkable territory will leave you as spellbound as we were during our visits there.
There can be few places in the world that remain as untouched as Canada’s Yukon Territory. Still most famous for the Gold Rush of the late 19th century, this vast tract of land with its iconic river is an outdoorsy heaven.
The capital, Whitehorse, is the place to start. It doesn’t look like much as you fly in but dig deeper and there is much here to reward. Artisan bakeries, cafés selling superb “cups of Joe” and it all comes with that frontier town feel. Further north in Dawson City, it’s as if the gold rush never ended, with boardwalks lining the unpaved streets. Close your eyes and imagine the sound of a raucous rabble-rousing emanating from the saloons and the cries echoing across the mighty Yukon River……”There’s gold in the Klondike!”.
Beyond Whitehorse, it’s all about exploring and adventure.
Winter brings a whirlwind of excitement in the form of dog sledding, snowmobiling and of course, the ethereal Northern Lights. The world-famous Yukon Quest also runs every year, with teams of mushers and their dogs travelling over 1,000 miles from Whitehorse to Alaska.