Canada Full Of Fascinating Places To Discover And Explore
Title: The Mirror
By: Art Weber
Date: Apr 19, 2012
Publication Type: Community Newspaper
For something really different, think Yukon Territory - an overwhelmingly beautiful wilderness the size of California with a population that barely tops 35,000. Whitehorse is the capital, the retail center of the territory with an amazingly techno-savvy population even though its numbers hover at around 26,000. Dawson City, focal point ot the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush, still looks like the frontier town that it is, complete with dirt streets, wooden walks and a rough and ready nightlife complete with dance hall girls.
Dawson City is the jumpoff point for two of the Yukon's best adventures: the Top of the World Highway, which winds up from the Yukon River and over into Alaska, and the Dempster Highway, nicknamed the Goat Trail and familiar to many because of the television series he Road Truckers. The Dempster is a phenomenal experience, an engineering marvel that crosses the Arctic Circle and continues into the Northwest Territories. The Yukon is the land that inspired eloquent work by Jack London and Robert Service. It's a wild place that, even today, teeters on the edge of civilization. A visit there isn't cheap, and the easiest way to get a taste of it is as a side trip off an Alaskan cruise.
Think about a visit, though. The Yukon is guaranteed to take your breath away.