FAQ

Where is the Yukon?

Located in northwestern Canada, Yukon sits between British Columbia and the Arctic Ocean, with Alaska to the west and the Northwest Territories to the east. The Arctic Circle crosses through North Yukon. Use our Maps to navigate your way around the territory.

How big is the Yukon?

At 483,450 square kilometres (186,661 square miles), the Yukon is larger than California and covers more area than Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands combined. It represents 4.8% of Canada's total land area.

How many people live in the Yukon?

As of September 2012, there were 36,304 people living in the Yukon. Of those, 27,687 were living in the capital city of Whitehorse.

Is the Yukon part of Alaska or Canada?

Yukon is a territory in Canada. Canada has three territories and 10 provinces.

What is there to do in the Yukon?

Yukon is jam-packed with things to do. Whether your passion is being active outdoors, taking in cultural events or enjoying a comfortable drive through extraordinary scenery, you'll find it all here. The hardest part of your Yukon vacation will be deciding what to do!

When is the best time to come to the Yukon?

Many of our visitors enjoy the Yukon summer (late May to September) while others prefer winter sports and natural phenomena such as the northern lights (October to April). Whenever you visit, there will be plenty to do. Yukon weather can be quite variable - learn more about the Yukon's climate and seasons.

What's the easiest way to get to the Yukon?

The easiest way to get here is by air. Major commercial airlines connect Whitehorse directly with Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Air travel to Whitehorse is a daily, year-round service on major routes, and there are a variety of convenient connections from other North American cities.

Is it still possible to find gold in the Yukon?

There's still plenty of gold out there! It's just a matter of looking in the right place. Tour companies in Dawson City offer gold panning tours.

What is accommodation like in the Yukon?

We have lots of comfortable accommodation options. In addition to an excellent network of government and private campgrounds, the Yukon has high quality hotels, motels, wilderness lodges, cabins, bed and breakfasts and hostels.

Can I bring my cell phone to the Yukon?

We have 4G smart phone cell coverage in Watson Lake, Marsh Lake, Whitehorse, Haines Junction, and Dawson City. All other Yukon communities have CDMA-based (code division multiple access), and GSM-based phones will not work there. Check with your cell service provider to find out if your phone will work here. Satellite phone networks are accessible across the Yukon and satellite phones can be rented in Whitehorse.

How do I rent a vehicle in the Yukon?

Whether it's a car, camper or RV you're looking for, you'll find a range of vehicle rental options in Whitehorse, Yukon's capital.

Is the Yukon always cold?

Definitely not. In summer, the Yukon is comfortably warm and sunny with temperatures often in the 20s (°C). Summers are shorter and cooler than in southern Canada, with the peak summer period being mid-May to September. Daylight hours are longer, though. In some parts of the Yukon the midnight sun shines all night long. Only the highest mountains in the Yukon have snow all year. In most of the territory, there's usually no snow between the end of April and the end of October. Check our weather right now.

Will I see an igloo in the Yukon?

Afraid not. Inuit people, who traditionally build igloos, live in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Are there bears in the Yukon?

Yes. Yukon is home to healthy populations of grizzly and black bears. We suggest that you read our wilderness travel tips.

What about those pesky bugs?

There can be blackflies and mosquitoes at certain times of the year, depending where you are in the Yukon and what the weather conditions are like. Find out how to stay bug free.

What are the rules for tipping?

As in many other places, service is rarely included in hotel and restaurant bills in the Yukon. Typical tipping ranges from 10 to 15 per cent of the total bill.

What are the smoking laws in the Yukon?

Smoking is banned in most public areas, including all international and domestic flights, airport terminals, public transport, stores and office buildings. In a taxi, ask the driver. In Whitehorse, all restaurants, cafés and bars are non-smoking.

Do I need any vaccinations to come to the Yukon?

No. Vaccinations are not required for travel in the Yukon.

Can I bring electrical appliances?

Yes, as long as they're compatible with our electrical voltage here in the Yukon—110 v 60 hz AC with two flat-pin outlets.

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