Visiting Yukon Canada

CNC
Added On July 12, 2016

Next we'll take a breathtaking trip to Yukon in western Canada. 

 
It's here in Yukon that American author Jack London felt the call of the wild 100 years ago during the gold rush. 
 
Today, the region still keeps its wild and pristine scenery.
 
Fly 7,000 feet above the ground, and you'll get a birds' eye view over the Kluane [KLOO-WAN-AY] National Park. 
 
Pilot Alex Lansfield says it is about twice the size of Switzerland, and even more dramatic. 
 
SOUNDBITE: ALEX LANSFIELD, Kluane Glacier Air Tours pilot
"Kluane National Park is one of the jewels in the world as far glaciers and large mountains go. Of the top 20 tallest mountains in North America, we have 17 in the park here."
 
Kluane straddles the Yukon, B.C. and Alaska borders. You can get to the place by air, raft or on foot,
 
It has Canada's largest mountain Mount Logan,, and the largest non-polar ice fields in the world. It's also home to goats, sheep and grizzly bears.
 
 
SOUNDBITE: ALEX LANSFIELD, Kluane Glacier Air Tours pilot
"So we get a pretty good mix of people from all over the world. Lots of Europeans. The Germans had to read Jack London's Call of the Wild book, so when they think of wilderness, they think of the Yukon."
 
Back on the ground, about 150 kilometers east of the park is Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon.  
 
Locals boast it has the cleanest air on earth.
 
The city is a good jumping-off point for any adventure in the Yukon, which attracts about 300,000 visitors every year.
 
SOUNDBITE: JIM KEMSHEAD, Tourism Yukon
"With a grand population of just around 36,000 people in the entire Yukon, once you get out of Whitehorse, you know you're into what our land is. Our land is mountains, rivers and lakes and it's all imbued with gold rush history, First Nation cultures and that's really the reason that our visitors come."
 
The territory has become a year-round destination, attracting many people during the dark winter months to enjoy the spectacular northern lights. 
 
But most visitors come here during the summer months to enjoy the midnight sunshine, warm weather, and wilderness.
 
STANDUP: EVAN DUGGAN, CNC correspondent
"The Yukon is a place of extremes. It has massive mountains, but tiny towns. It has cold winters, but warm people. It has long highways, but very few cars. And of course, the Yukon has summers of endless daylight and winters without any sun at all."
 
Most of the territory is well-linked by paved highway roads, providing a great opportunity for self-guided tours to places like the Carcross Desert, noted as the smallest desert in the world.
 
During the gold rush of the late 19th century, more than 100,000 people flooded into the territory. That stampede left few people rich with gold, but did leave a rich history that is alive and well today, in frontier towns like Carcross and Dawson City.  
 
But most would likely say the greatest pay-off for visitors is the natural beauty, which is everywhere that a person could look. 
 
SOUNDBITE: JENNY AND NICK, British tourist
"I just think it's pretty amazing. There's just so much of it. It's so big, you know, the whole expanse of it all is so gorgeous. All the mountains and all the lakes. It's just really good."
 
The Yukon is well connected by Canadian airports, with flights arriving daily from large, Western Canadian centers.