Apart from toes, what does Yukon offer?

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more animals than humans

After my earlier story this week about toe-cocktails and the competition for a trip to Dawson City, some readers have asked for a quick rundown on what to see in the Canadian province of Yukon.

Yukon is in the northwest corner of Canada and is next to the US state of Alaska. It has the country’s highest mountain, Mt Logan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kluane National park which houses one of the largest non-polar icefields in the world and is home some of the most pristine wilderness you will ever see. There are more animals than humans living there- 34,000- whereas there are 17,000 grizzlies and black bears. There are twice as many moose as humans and nearly four times as many caribou. Not unnaturally then, one of the visitor attractions is wildlife watching

From September until April, Yukon is a good place to view the northern lights because there is so little light pollution from humans. Yes, there is no guarantee that you’ll see it but you probably have a better chance than in many countries. Places like Whitehorse (the capital) are an ideal base to stay being geared up to help visitors see the lights by having a good selection of guides. The tourist board has also produced a forecasting tool that includes a 15 minute weather update so you can at least get some sleep on those nights when the lights have less chance of being visible.

and lots of open spaces

This lack of light pollution means that Yukon is one of the best places if space tourism interests you. At any time of the year when there are clear nights you should be to get a fantastic view of the stars.

In the autumn visitors take advantage of the wilderness to see the changing foliage in the forests and woodlands. But remember that the colour change can take quite early as winter tends to bed down a little earlier than we might be used to.

If you happen to be there in February, then consider watching the Yukon Quest, a dog sled race which covers a thousand mile course from Whitehorse and ends in Alaska. Next year it celebrates its 20th birthday but it is still seen as the toughest dog sled race in the world.

And tough is what you need to be in parts of the province. In Old Crow in the far north, the only way in is by plane, in only three months of the year does the temperature rise above freezing and few live here. Which makes you feel you might want to head a little bit south to Dawson where it is only below freezing for four months of the year so pick the month carefully if you win the toe competition.

And good luck but don’t send any toe pictures here. CD-Traveller prefers its toes covered!

For more information about Yukon, click here.

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