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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Yukon?

The Yukon is in northwestern Canada. It sits between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Arctic Ocean, with Alaska to the west and the Northwest Territories to the east. The Arctic Circle crosses through the Yukon.

View our maps to help you find your way to Yukon fun.

Is the Yukon part of Alaska or Canada?

Yukon is a territory in Canada. Canada has three territories and ten provinces.

What is there to do in the Yukon?

Where do we begin? There are unlimited things to do in the Yukon, from outdoor adventures and iconic drives to festivals and events and historic sites to visit. Your clients will be spoiled for choice on your Yukon vacation.

Things To Do in the Yukon

Yukon Events Calendar

When is the best time to come to the Yukon?

Many of our visitors enjoy the summer in Yukon (late May to September) while others prefer the Yukon's winter sports and natural phenomenon such as the northern lights (October to April). 

Whenever your clients come, there will be plenty for them to do. From hiking to paddling in the summer to dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter, you can find the activities which fit your clients’ pace, style of travel and budget. 

What's the easiest way to get to the Yukon?

It's easy to get here. Major commercial airlines connect Whitehorse directly with Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Kelowna, and Yellowknife. Air travel to Whitehorse is a daily, year-round service on major routes, and there are a variety of convenient connections from other North American cities.

It is also possible to drive or take a bus or coach tour from southern Canada. Or you can take a cruise or ferry up the British Columbia and Alaska coast and take a shorter bus or coach tour from BC or Alaska.

Getting Here By Air

Driving to the Yukon

Getting here by Ferry

What about the Yukon's geography, topography and eco-systems?

Known for its wilderness landscapes, wildlife and striking natural phenomena, the Yukon is larger than life. This is a land rich with dramatic mountain vistas, wild rivers and crystal clear lakes. Southern Yukon has vast forests as far as the eye can see, and in North Yukon the tundra rolls on forever. The Yukon is a magical place. In summer, the midnight sun extends the fun into the wee hours and in winter your clients won't want to miss the mystery of the northern lights, which can be viewed from late August to April.

Is it still possible to find gold in the Yukon?

There's still plenty of gold out there! It's just a matter of looking in the right place. Tour companies in Dawson City offer gold panning tours. More serious prospectors need to check with Yukon Government about where you're permitted to pan.

Klondike Gold Rush

Mining in the Yukon

What is accommodation like in the Yukon?

There are lots of comfortable accommodation options here in the Yukon. In addition to an excellent network of government and private campgrounds, the Yukon has high quality hotels, motels, wilderness lodges, cabins, bed and breakfasts and hostels.

Yukon Accommodations

Can my client bring their cell phone to the Yukon?

We have 4G smart phone cell coverage in Watson Lake, Marsh Lake, Whitehorse, Haines Junction, and Dawson City. All other Yukon communities have CDMA-based (code division multiple access), and GSM-based phones will not work there. Check with your cell service provider to find out if your phone will work here. Satellite phone networks are accessible across the Yukon and satellite phones can be rented in Whitehorse.

What are Yukoners like?

We're glad you asked! We like to think of ourselves as down to earth, funny, friendly and good-natured Canadians, and we're especially proud of where we live in Canada.

Is the Yukon always cold?

Definitely not. In summer, the Yukon is comfortably warm and sunny with temperatures often in the 20s. Summers are shorter and cooler than in southern Canada, with the peak summer period being mid-May to September. Daylight hours are longer, though. In some parts of the Yukon the midnight sun shines all night long. Only the highest mountains in the Yukon have snow all year. In most of the territory, there's usually no snow between the end of April and the end of October.

Learn more about Yukon weather and how to dress.

How big is the Yukon Territory?

At 483,450 square kilometres (186,661 square miles), the Yukon is larger than California and represents 4.8% of Canada's total land area. Of Canada's 10 provinces and three territories, the Yukon is the ninth largest. Despite its size, Yukon is easy to get around, with a network of well-maintained highways and plenty of places to stay to suit everyone’s style. The capital of the Yukon, Whitehorse, is a lively, fun city where you can always find a friendly face, great places to eat and plenty of entertainment.

How many people live in the Yukon?

As of June 2015, there were 37,343 people living in the Yukon. 

Will my clients see an igloo in the Yukon?

Afraid not. Inuit people, who traditionally build igloos, live in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

How do I rent a vehicle for my clients in the Yukon?

Whether it's a car, camper or RV you're looking for, you'll find a range of vehicle rental options in Whitehorse, the Yukon's capital. Your preferred local tour operators/wholesalers that sell Canada FIT products, will generally also offer vehicle rental in the Yukon.

Yukon Vehicle Rental Operators

Are there bears in the Yukon?

Yes. Yukon is home to healthy populations of grizzly and black bears. The Yukon is also lucky enough to have an impressive range of native wildlife including caribou, moose, wolves, wolverines, mountain sheep and lynx. Why not suggest your clients come to the Yukon for a wildlife viewing vacation?

Yukon Bear Safety

Yukon Wilderness & Wildlife

What about those pesky bugs?

While it’s true there are bugs in the Yukon, they’re not as bad here as in other parts of Canada. Mosquitoes are out in June, July and August and black flies appear in late August and September. Numbers of both pests tend to increase after a rain.

Most Yukon communities have control programs to manage mosquito populations. When you’re out in the wilds, bugs can be a nuisance – especially in low-lying, marshy areas without a breeze. Pack along repellent or a bug jacket, just in case.

What are the rules for tipping?

As in many other places, service is rarely included in hotel and restaurant bills in the Yukon. Typical tipping ranges from 10 to 15 per cent of the total bill.

What are the smoking laws in the Yukon?

Smoking is banned in most public areas, including all international and domestic flights, airport terminals, public transport, stores and office buildings. In Whitehorse, all restaurants, cafés and bars are non-smoking.

Do my clients need any vaccinations to come to the Yukon?

No. No vaccinations are required for travel in the Yukon.

Can my clients bring any electrical appliances?

Yes, as long as they're compatible with our electrical voltage here in the Yukon—110AC 60 cycles with two flat-pin outlets.