Let’s start with the basics. Always let someone you trust know about your travel plans—especially if you’re trekking into the backcountry. Nobody likes homework, but we advise checking out the Yukon Smart Travel Plan. Extra gold stars if you complete it and leave it with a friend.
Bears, bugs & beyond
There are lots of bears in the Yukon, but your chances of encountering one are low. In addition to not eating their porridge or trying out their beds, here are some good rules of thumb when it comes to our fuzzy friends:
Carry bear spray and know how to use it properly.
Learn how to identify signs of bear activity.
Know if the area you’re in is good bear habitat.
If possible, choose trails with good visibility.
Approach thickets from upwind so that bears can smell you (and not be surprised).
Make lots of noise.
Travel in groups.
Avoid traveling at dusk or night.
When camping, set up your tent away from wildlife trails.