In the Athapaskan language, the word Yukon means the great river or big river.
The world’s longest annual kayak and canoe race
Touted as “the race to the midnight sun,” the Yukon River Quest challenges canoeists and kayakers from around the world to test their endurance on a race from Whitehorse to Dawson City. Paddling the mighty Yukon River day and night for 715 km (444 mi), competitors range from larger groups in voyageur canoes to lone kayakers. The race start is an exciting spectacle that draws large crowds to the banks of the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse.
Yukon is world renowned as a legendary land imbued with gold rush history, frontier spirit and first nation culture. Listen to what fellow media travellers have to say about Yukon.