Sparsely populated and wonderfully wild, the Yukon is North America at its most elemental. While winters offer snowy adventures and the chance to see the Northern Lights, summers here are made for outdoor activities and enjoying the midnight sun. See below for our top picks of what to do in the Yukon this summer.
- Enjoy a leisurely canoe or kayak down the gentle Takhini or Yukon river.
- Spot muskox, mountain goats, arctic foxes, elk, bison, moose, and perhaps even elusive lynx during a wildlife-watching trip to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve from Whitehorse.
- Soak in the soothing mineral waters of Takhini Hot Springs.
- Venture out into the wild during guided hikes along the trails of Miles Canyon.
- Turn up the adrenaline during an adventure-filled rafting expedition along the Tatshenshini River that takes you through remote areas of the Yukon, Alaska, and British Columbia.
- Visit the Carcross Desert, which at just one square mile (2.5 square kilometers) is said to be the smallest desert in the world. Find out about the history of Canada’s First Nations people at the learning center in the lakeside village of Carcross.
- See the historic sites of Dawson City, the settlement at the heart of the 19th-century Klondike Gold Rush.
- Take a road trip along the Alaska Highway to Kluane National Park, a rugged, grizzly-inhabited wilderness encompassing mountains, glaciers, and lakes.