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Southern Yukon

Home to vast, ancient glaciers and towering mountains, the Yukon has cast a spell on the local Dene and Inuit for thousands of years. In the late 1800s, cheechakos (greenhorns) were drawn by the promise of gold. Today the big lures are fishing, flight seeing, and river rafting. Robert Service, the poet of the Gold Rush, once wrote of this subarctic place of stillness and beauty: "Some say God was tired when He made it/some say it's a fine land to shun/Maybe; but there's some as would trade it/For no land on Earth-and I'm one."

Touring scenic Miles Canyon on the Schwatka southwest corner of the Yukon, this 22,000 km2 park and reserve is dominated by sweeping, high mountains, extensive icefields and glaciers, lush valleys, and abundant wildlife, including Dall sheep, caribou, and grizzly bears. As many as 20 peaks soar more than 5,000 m in the Icefield Range, the loftiest of the St. Elias Mountains. Mount Logan, the highest of them at 5,959 m, is Canada's tallest mountain. The Haines and the Alaska highways run along Kluane's eastern perimeter, affording views of its lakes and mountain ranges, and providing access to its two interpretive centers: the Kluane National Park Reserve Headquarters in Haines Junction, and the seasonal Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre at Kilometer 1707 of the Alaska Highway. Over 250 km of spartan hiking trails follow old mining roads and Native

Burwash Landing [D2]

The Kluane Museum of Natural History has wildlife dioramas, the world's largest gold pan (8 m high), a rare mineral and fossil collection, and displays of Native crafts and costumes.

Fort Selkirk [B3] In 1848 fur trader Robert Campbell established a Hudson's Bay Company trading post at the junction of the Yukon and Pelly rivers. Today this living cultural heritage site of some 30 buildings, including an Anglican church, Mission school, and the Taylor and Drury trading post, has been restored to its original turn-of-the-century appearance. You can reach Fort Selkirk by charter boat from Minto.

Kluane National Park [E1-E2] Situated in thepaths, including one leading to the Kaska-wulsh Glacier.

Whitehorse [E4] Taking its name from local rapids said to resemble the mane of a white stallion, the capital of the Yukon is set in a mountain valley at a bend in the Yukon River. This city of some 22,000 grew out of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, when it became a jumping-off point for prospectors on their way to the Klondike Goldfields. Remnants of the Gold Rush remain in the decidedly unusual architectural mix here: ultramodern, glass-walled courthouses rub shoulders with three-story log skyscrapers. The Yukon Historical and Museum Association offers walking tours of the city's historical buildings, and every aspect of the area's colorful history is well documented in numerous museums: О The Yukon Transportation Museum houses moose-skin boats, stagecoaches, and other artifacts depicting transportation during the Gold Rush and the construction of the Alaska Highway. (SThe Beringia Interpretive Centre has a collection of spectacular fossil remains-giant beaver, scimitar cats, woolly mammoths-and focuses on the ice bridge that existed between Alaska and Siberia over 11,000 years ago. (SSummer or winter, take a guided tour of the SS Klondike II, a retired stern-wheeler restored to her original glory. From early June to mid-September, the MV Schwatka offers two-hour tours of breathtaking Miles Canyon.

CITY GUIDE

WHITEHORSE ATTRACTIONS

SS Klondike National

Historic Site MacBride Museum Old Log Church Museum Yukon Transportation

Museum White Pass and Yukon Route Train Station

Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre Log Skyscrapers Historical Walking Tours Canyon City Archaeological Dig Whitehorse Fish Ladder MV Schwa tka river boat tours of Miles Canyon World's Largest Weather Vane

Yukon Arts Centre Gallery Yukon Gardens

AIRPORT INFORMATION

1-800-524-6975

ROAD CONDITIONS

(867) 456-7623

RADIO STATIONS

CKRW 610 AM CKYN Yukon Gold 96.1 FM

TOURISM OFFICE

Visitor Reception Centre (867) 667-3084

 

Map of Southern Yukon. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Southern Yukon with cities and towns