|Regions: Klondike, Kluane, Southern Lakes, Whitehorse Region||Communities: Dawson City, Haines Junction, Carcross, Marsh Lake, Whitehorse|
|Themes: Activities||Categories: Activities, Fat Biking, Dogsledding, Fishing, Heritage & Culture, Festivals and Events, Wilderness & Wildlife, Wildlife|
A to-do list you didn’t know you had to do.
The northern lights are one of the Yukon's biggest winter attractions. But what's there to do when you're waiting for the lights to come out? Here are six winter activities that will soon be on your bucket list—and you won’t even need a bucket to do them.
With electric cars, Ubers and Evos, transportation has come a long way. But no ride-sharing app can ever compare to sharing your ride with a pack of energetic huskies. Whip along snowy trails, through snow-covered valleys and across frozen rivers led by a pack of sled dogs. Try a thrilling half-day excursion, or if you’re a bit more adventurous, consider an overnight or multi-day experience.
With its thick, oversized tires, some call it the “monster truck of biking”—but we wouldn’t because we know it’s actually called “fat biking.” These tires allow you to maneuver in the snow, across frozen lakes, and through untouched trails (but definitely not crush a lineup of old cars, so please don’t try that). Rent a bike in Whitehorse, and we promise it’ll put your previous bike excursions to shame.
If you’ve got an afternoon to spare before checking out the northern lights, why not go fishing? But this isn’t your everyday visit to the lake. After all, you don’t usually start off your fishing trip by snowmobiling across a lake and drilling a hole in the vast wilderness of the most northern parts of Canada. Before you know it, you’ll fall in love with a new hobby—hook, line and sinker. Whether you catch the big one or not, you’ll have more than fish stories to tell after this experience.
Yukon Wildlife Preserve
You’ve probably casually strolled through a nature preserve, but have you ever skied through one? If you’d like a life-changing experience, rent a pair of skis, drop by the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and glide your way from animal to animal. It’s an amazing opportunity to take photos of animals native to the Yukon, like a moose, arctic fox and muskox. What is a muskox, anyway?
This isn’t the celebration of the most delicious bread known to mankind. It’s a festival celebrating the Yukon’s frontier spirit. You can try your hand at axe throwing, chainsaw chucking and pancake eating. There’s a wide variety of things to do, and you don’t even have to wear plaid to participate.
We could’ve called it “Nature Thawing Spring Festival,” but we just didn’t think it rolled off the tongue. This Dawson City event is a true way to get to know the locals (at least the ones who aren’t moose). Whether it’s racing a team of enthusiastic sled dogs, or diving head first into a haystack to find a loonie, (yes, that’s a real thing), there’s a lot to do. But please don’t keep the loonie—we need it for next year.
Muktuk Dogsledding Adventures
Grey Mountain Mountain Biking Area, Whitehorse, Yukon
Fish Lake, Whitehorse, Yukon
Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Shipyards Park, Whitehorse, Yukon
Dawson City, Yukon