Regions: Campbell, Klondike, Kluane, Northern & Arctic Yukon, Silver Trail, Southern Lakes, Watson Lake 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.

01 Tip

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.

02 Tip

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.

03 Tip

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.

04 Tip

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.

05 Tip

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.

06 Tip

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.

07 Tip

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.

08 Tip

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.

09 Tip

Practice etiquette

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).

10 Tip

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

Faro, Yukon

Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Whitehorse, Yukon