FAQ

Wait. Is the Yukon part of Alaska or Canada?

The Yukon is one of three territories in Canada (along with 10 provinces).

I love the northern lights, but what else is there to do?

How does canoeing, camping, hiking, gold-panning, taking in a show, attending a festival, attending two festivals, finding tasty foods at a market, snowmobiling, dog sledding or ice fishing sound for a start? Read more: activities.

When should I visit?

Depends on what you love to do. Come from May to September for summer fun, like road-tripping, hiking and camping under the midnight sun, or if you love dog sledding and the northern lights come see us from October to April.

Is it easy to get here?

You bet. The easiest way is flying into Whitehorse directly from Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Yellowknife or Frankfurt, Germany (seasonal)—or make an easy connection from almost anywhere. The second easiest is driving or taking a cruise. The hardest way to get here is by foot, we don’t recommend that even a little.

Where will I stay?

We have many comfortable accommodation options. From our excellent network of campgrounds to hotels, motels, wilderness lodges, cabins, bed and breakfasts and hostels.

How’s the signal?

We have 4G smartphone cell coverage in all communities (except Keno City), but not in between. 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.

Is it easy to get around?

Whether it's a car, camper, RV, bike or dog sled you're looking for, you'll find a range of vehicle rental options in Whitehorse. 

Is the Yukon always chilly?

Temperature in the Yukon fluctuates, but warm and sunny weather in Summer (mid-May to September) with temperatures often in the 20s (°C) is not uncommon. Daylight hours are longer, too. In some areas the midnight sun shines all night long. Winters can be chilly (as you may have heard), but dress appropriately and you’ll hardly even notice.

Are there bears in the Yukon?

The Yukon is home to healthy populations of grizzly and black bears. We suggest that you read our wilderness travel tips.

What about those pesky bugs?

Come prepared for mosquitoes from June ’til August and black flies in late August and September. But it all depends on where you’re going and what the weather conditions are like. Pack some bug spray just in case.

Do people tip in the Yukon?

Our tip for you: Yes.

Are there smoking regulations?

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

Is there any interesting culture to take in?

Aside from whatever culture you bring with you, there are plenty of festivals, markets, galleries, museums and First Nations cultural centres to fill your tank. And let’s not forget our patented quirky locals.

What’s the most important industry in the Yukon?

Mining and exploration are huge industries up here. Tourism also plays an important role (if we do say so ourselves), and our biggest employer is the government.

What is the difference between a territory and a province?

The difference between a province and a territory is that provinces receive their power and authority from the Constitution Act, while territorial governments have powers delegated to them by the Parliament of Canada. Hey, come back, we’re not finished explaining…

When is the best time to see the northern lights?

The best time to see the northern lights is between September and April. It could get a bit chilly so you might want to practice using your camera with gloves on before you come.