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18 Gorgeous Photos Of Yukon That Will Make You Want To Visit ASAP

It really is larger than life.

Looking for a new place to adventure? Well, you're in luck. From the tallest mountain in Canada to unbelievable views of the northern lights, Yukon has some of the most stunning scenery in the entire country.

a shot of the mountains and trees in Yukon
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We’d like to begin by acknowledging that First Nations’ traditional territories make up almost all the land in Yukon. Many of the below locations are on these lands. There are 14 Yukon First Nations comprised of Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Kluane First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Liard First Nation, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Ross River Dena Council, Selkirk First Nation, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Teslin Tlingit Council, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, and White River First Nation. Please be respectful when visiting.

Here are 18 of the coolest places in the territory:

1. Kluane National Park and Reserve

tourist carrying a backpack and walking stick photographing the landscape during a hike in Kluane National Park in late summer.
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Home to some of Canada's tallest mountains, this park is full of scenic hiking and rafting trails. If you're feeling extra adventurous, you can even book a flightseeing tour to take in the beauty of the park from the sky.

2. Mount Logan

A photo of Mount Logal
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Speaking of mountains, Mount Logan is the highest peak in Kluane National Park (and all of Canada). It stands at 5,959 meters tall, which is nearly the height of 11 CN Towers! Talk about head in the clouds.

3. Tombstone Territorial Park

snow covered mountain in remote area at Tombstone Territorial park in Yukon
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Can't get enough of the gorgeous mountains in Yukon? Head a bit more North and you'll hit Tombstone Territorial Park, where every season transforms the scenery into a different sight to see. Drive up from Dawson City or camp in the park itself.

4. Northern Lights

a tent under the northern lights in tombstone territorial park
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If you visit between August and April, Yukon has some of the most spectacular views of the northern lights (or aurora borealis). You won't even need binoculars or special equipment — all you'll have to do is look up.

5. Dawson City

aerial shot of Dawson City
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The colourful buildings in Dawson City pop against the white snow in the chilly Canadian winter, and the things to see and do are just as fun. Try your luck at gold panning or spend a day browsing the shops and museums.

6. Miles Canyon

A  hiker passes alongside Miles Canyon in the Yukon
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You won't need a filter when visiting Miles Canyon in Whitehorse — just look at how clear that water is. It's popular with hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers, and canoe lovers alike. The Robert Lower suspension bridge makes it easy-breezy to cross from one side to another.

7. Carmacks

Carmacks, Yukon, Canada
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The Carmacks is a riverfront village wrapped on the Yukon River. It has a boardwalk and lots of trails that are perfect for outdoor adventures. 

8. Carcross Desert

Carcross Desert, the smallest desert in the world
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Believe it or not, you can actually find a "desert" in Yukon. It's made of sand dunes from a dried-up glacial lake and is known as the world's smallest desert. Carcross was once known as “Caribou Crossing” for the large number of woodland caribou that migrated through the area.

9. Ivvavik National Park

Beaufort Sea Coastal Plain in Ivvavik National Park
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At the most northern point of Yukon, you'll find the arctic tundra teeming with wildlife like porcupine caribou. The name Ivvavik means ‘a place for giving birth, a nursery,' in Inuvialuktun. Since it's pretty isolated, animals use it as a calving ground.

10. Emerald Lake

A wide view of Emerald Lake from an adjacent highway
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Right off the Klondike Highway and surrounded by Surprise Mountain and Mount Gilliam, you won't be able to miss the bright greens and blues of Emerald Lake. This lake is also known as “Rainbow Lake” by the First Nations. If you ever get the chance to drive by it, you definitely have to pull over and snap a pic.

11. Bennett Lake

a boat next to the lake
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Once a hub for miners during the Gold Rush, the town of Bennett (which borders both Alaska and British Columbia) is now abandoned. You can still visit it by boat, foot, or train, though, and there are tons of remnants of a past life scattered around to explore.

12. Klondike Highway

Welcome to Yukon sign on South Klondike Highway at the border of Yukon and British Columbia in Canada
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Driving along this highway is a breathtaking experience on its own. It runs through Alaska, BC, and all the way up Yukon. Do I hear a road trip calling?

13. Carcross Commons

Carcross Commons, a retail village showcasing First Nations culture, art and crafts, Yukon, Canada
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The Carcross Commons is an artisan hub full of culture with local artisanal boutiques and live performances. Learn about traditional Tlingit and Tagish art, including hand-carved Totems Poles by Carcross/Tagish First Nation carving master Keith Wolfe Smarch

14. Lowell Lake

Kayaker Doug Ammons paddles near icebergs on Lowell Lake in the Yukon Territory
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Check out massive glaciers, waterfalls, and beaches all in the same day on Lowell Lake. It's not a trip for the faint of heart though, since the weather can be unpredictable!

15. Midnight Dome

View from the Midnight Dome over the Yukon River near Dawson City, Yukon Territory
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From Dawson City, you can also hop on over to the Midnight Dome in under 15 minutes. The vantage point gives you a stunning panoramic view of the Yukon River and Klondike Valleys.

16. Talus Lake

Morning glow sunlight over Tombstone Mountain
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Talus Lake has a campground that is perfectly nestled within the mountains of Tombstone Territorial Park. You can catch some seriously pretty sunsets and sunrises here.

17. Kusawa Lake

Kusawa Lake
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Doesn't this photo just make you want to take a dip? Camp at one of the 53 sites and then take a day trip to the Takhini Hot Pools where you can unwind and even partake in a frozen hair contest.

18. The S.S. Klondike

The S.S. Klondike
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It hasn't taken a trip in decades but this riverboat was once the largest one of its kind, bringing things and people up and down the upper Yukon River (before roads!). Now, it's been given a makeover and it's chilling in Whitehorse, where locals and visitors can revel in a piece of history.

This summer, BuzzFeed Canada is taking you on a virtual trip from coast to coast. Check out how BuzzFeed is highlighting different provinces and territories while bringing you more Canada content!

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