|Regions: Campbell, Klondike, Kluane, Northern & Arctic Yukon, Silver Trail, Southern Lakes, Liard Region, Whitehorse Region||Communities: Faro, Ross River, Carmacks, Dawson City, Beaver Creek, Burwash Landing, Destruction Bay, Haines Junction, Eagle Plains, Old Crow, Keno City, Mayo, Carcross, Marsh Lake, Mount Lorne, Tagish, Teslin, Watson Lake, Whitehorse|
|Themes: Wilderness & Wildlife||Categories: Wilderness & Wildlife, Wildlife|
A haven for North America’s most impressive species
Since the Yukon is the kind of place with more moose than people, odds are you’ll be seeing more famous animals than you can imagine.
Put safety first
With so much wildlife hanging around, it’s always good to be prepared for a viewing. Stay on marked trails, pack bear spray and, if you do spot some of the locals in the wild, remember to keep your distance.
Know the hot spots
If you want to spot the most famous animals in the Yukon, it’s best to know where they hang out. Boreal forests, south-facing slopes, open alpine areas, and natural water sources are all prime areas for animal viewing.
Travel like a pro
Even though a lot of wildlife live near populated areas, getting off the beaten track or away from the main highway corridor is ideal. Being patient and keeping the volume to a minimum is key, so take your time, keep an eye out and have binoculars handy.
Be bear aware
It is not uncommon to encounter a bear in the Yukon. Carry bear spray, learn the signs of bear activity, and make noise as you travel. The best thing you can do is learn more about bear safety. Pick up a copy of the Wildlife Viewing Guide at any Yukon visitor information centre.
Take a drive
Impromptu animal viewings are common on a Yukon road trip. So hit the road and explore. You’re bound to spot some four-legged Yukoners out for a stroll. Remember though, you’re in their territory so don’t linger too long. Just stop, look and leave.
Keep it wild
Not getting too close to wildlife isn’t just a safety concern for you, it also ensures the animals don’t become habituated to humans. Remember, these are wild creatures who need to stay that way. So enjoy the view from a distance, and keep the Yukon wild.
Meet the who’s who
The Yukon has a lot of notable names on the must-see wildlife list. Moose, elk, caribou and grizzlies are some of the more obvious A-listers. But there are plenty more to see, like mountain bluebirds, porcupines, red foxes and kokanee salmon, just to name a few.
Timing is everything
Dawn and dusk are the best times to see most animals. If you’re an early bird, head out for a walk before breakfast. Or if you’re a night owl, grab some dinner, then take an evening stroll. You might just spot a fellow early bird or night owl in the wild.
A little respect goes a long way in the wild. If you have pets, make sure you keep them on a leash. If you plan on camping, always pack out your garbage and learn how to bear-proof your food storage (keeping in mind that different rules apply for campgrounds and backcountry camping).
Visit wildlife preserves and parks
You’ll find plenty of the Yukon’s most famous furry locals in places like Kluane National Park and Reserve, the area surrounding the Thechàl Dhâl Visitor Centre and in Tombstone Territorial Park. Even if you don’t see a single animal (which is unlikely), the backdrop will be enough to keep your jaw dropped. If guaranteed sightings are what you’re after, try the Yukon Wildlife Preserve in Whitehorse.
Wye Lake Trail, Watson Lake
George Johnston Trail, Teslin, Yukon
Squanga Lake Campground, Alaska Highway
Grey Mountain Road, Whitehorse, Yukon
Haines Junction, Yukon
Beaver Creek, Yukon
Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon
Keno City, Yukon
Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Whitehorse, Yukon