Beaver Creek, Yukon
The Yukon is the smallest and westernmost territory in Canada. It was made famous as a center of fur trade and gold mining at the turn of the century. Today, the Yukon is a great place to escape in the territory's natural beauty and seclusion as well as an educational center rife with history and science.

Outdoor Attractions

If you aren't an outdoor enthusiast, Yukon is probably not a place you want to visit. Most of the tourism industry in the Yukon centers around the many natural attractions found here. Herschel Island attracts history buffs and nature lovers alike, who come to learn about the ancient culture of Intuit hunters and the Inuvialuit people, and see historic missionary and trading posts, which are surrounded by wildflowers and exotic migratory birds in the spring. The Chilkoot Trail was the gateway to the Yukon for gold rush prospectors and today is a mountainous hiking trail. Vuntut National Park is a popular destination for backcountry enthusiasts. And the remote wilderness park known as Fishing Branch is the place to see grizzly bears and other wild Canadian creatures in their natural habitat.

In addition to the many National parks found in the Yukon, tourists enjoy visiting other scenic attractions such as the Takhini Hot Springs, Ross River, Simpson Lake, the Five Finger Rapids and Teslin Lake.

Historic Attractions

Beaver Creek, Yukon
Much of the Yukon's rich history is displayed in the national parks described above. Historic parks combine the region's natural beauty with the legacy left by the Intuit people and the Klondike gold rush. Other popular historic sites include the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway Depot, the Caribou Hotel, the Mayo Legion Office and the historic Smith House. In Dawson City, literary enthusiasts flock to Jack London's house, the wooden cabin where the famous American writer lived.

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