Road to 150: Best Things To Do In The Yukon

Road to 150: Best Things To Do In The Yukon

We’re in the Yukon, our 10th stop during our
150-day road trip across Canada. Known for its dramatic landscapes, vast wilderness,
and gold mining, the Yukon has been capturing people’s imaginations for years. We started our journey off in Whitehorse,
the Yukon’s capital city, where we got to learn some history from the gold rush days
and prepare for our trip up north. First, we toured the SS Klondike, the largest
sternwheeler to ply the upper Yukon River in the 20th century. We got to learn how it worked, the type of
cargo it carried, and about the people who rode the riverboats when roads didn’t exist. We also saw heaps of wildlife in the area,
both in the wild and at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, including Woodland Caribou, Mountain
Elk, Mountain Sheep, and even an Arctic Fox. After Whitehorse, we went to Kluane National
Park, the most Western point of Canada, to see some of the highest mountains in the country. As if flying around mountain peaks and valleys
wasn’t enough, we even got to land on the largest non-polar glacier in the world. It was incredible to land the plane on snow
and step out onto the Hubbard Glacier at an elevation of 9,000 feet. You’d never think that this massive glacier
flows directly into the Pacific Ocean just 122 kilometres from where we were standing. What an unbelievable experience! Next, we drove North to the unique wild-west
looking town of Dawson, home of one of the greatest gold rushes in history. So when you arrive to Dawson, it feels like
you’re taking a step back into the past, you’ll see the old post office that’s still in town,
a lot of the modern buildings actually have a gold rush look and feel, we have boardwalks
instead of sidewalks, and unpaved streets, and so it really feels like you’re taking
a step back into the past. Here in Dawson, we kind of have one foot in
the past and one foot in the present so it’s a little bit of a living history in a sense,
especially the buildings that you see around town. Since Dawson’s history is all about the gold
rush, we took a stroll through Discovery Trail, the place where the first gold mining claim
was made, spawning one of the greatest human migrations of the 19th century. This started what is known as the Klondike
Gold Rush, with people from around the world moving here in hopes to strike it rich. Although the gold rush days are long gone,
gold mining is still one of the main industries around Dawson and we got to tour an active
mine to see how it’s done from start to finish, giving us a unique insight into the local
economy. We even got to try some gold panning, and
even though we didn’t strike it rich, it was still very exciting to find a few pieces of
gold. As technology advanced, gold panning was replaced
by bigger machines including Dredge #4, a giant 8-storey gold digging machine that moved
along a pond of its own making, digging gold-bearing gravel at a rate of 22 buckets per minute,
producing up to 800 ounces of gold per day. After learning about the golf industry, we
continued to step back in time with a paddlewheeler cruise on the Yukon River before stepping
into Canada’s oldest casino to watch the Cancan girls put on a wonderful Klondike-themed performance. Before we left Dawson, we couldn’t miss the
famous sourtoe cocktail, a shot of alcohol with an actual dehydrated human toe in it. You can drink it fast or you can drink it
slow but the lips have got to touch the toe! Welcome to the club! Thank you! Next up on our journey was a drive up the
Dempster Highway, an 800-km dirt road that crosses the Arctic Circle. This is definately one of the best road trips
in Canada, if not the entire world. We must have stopped hundreds of times to
admire the mind-blowing vistas along the way as we crossed two mountain ranges, tundra,
and wild river valleys, all during the fall with vibrant changing colours all around us. We capped off our Yukon adventure by crossing
the Arctic Circle and witnessing an awesome display of Northern Lights. What a special way of finishing our tour of
Canada’s far North. For anyone interested in adventure, wildlife,
incredible road trips, or the ultimate gold rush experience, there’s no better place than
the Yukon. Thank you for watching our Yukon episode. To learn more about what we did in the Yukon
as well as other provinces during our 150-day road trip across Canada, visit

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36 Replies to “Road to 150: Best Things To Do In The Yukon”

  1. Wow I like everything about in YUKON. Some bars, casinos finding a gold, wild life ,mountains different types of roads, there are unbelievable thank you so much.

  2. This is cool because reading about the Yukon I thought it was a place to visit for only a day. So much more to do 👍🏾

  3. The Yukon was the highlight of our Canada 150 wanders. We chickened out on the Dempster figuring that it might be a bit challenging for the Roadtrek. On the other hand, we were there near the Solstice (June 10-16) so we were able to experience the "midnight sun". For the same reason, we missed out on the aurora. The best eating value in town is the casino (Diamond Tooth Gertie's). Great homemade food (including steak) at a fair price. We also fell in love with Yukon Gold beer. We need to return some time when we are not trying to hit 10 provinces and do the place more justice.

  4. Amazing work Matt and Carla. Very beautiful and informative videos made for the travel across Canada. Love to watch more from you guys.

  5. Can you tell me which is the best place to live and work in Canada I will be immigrating to Canada in few months need advice:)

  6. I'm planning a second driving trip across Canada. I wish I had this series of videos before my first trip. Now I know of all these new places to see on the upcoming trip. This really was a beautiful series and so well done. Complements to the photographer/editor too. I enjoyed this so much. Finding objective travel information is so difficult. I sure wish you would dip south and do a similar series of the states in the US. Travel information here is so piecemeal it's really difficult to plan a road trip. Again, thanks for an amazing journey. O Canada!

  7. Heya Jenny here from UNILAD, would love to feature this video on our travel page UNILAD Adventure with credit to you! If you’re happy with that could you please submit the video without any water marks to the link below and if you have any questions feel free to email me at [email protected]

  8. An American went to that same bar you went to and swallowed the toe on purpose, he was subsequently banned from the place lol! 😂😂😂

  9. Excellent video! I don't watch youtube much but I'm subscribing this one. And I'm inspired to try a road trip this summer. Thank you for the sharings. Just wonder where you guys lived during the trip.

  10. one never has enough time to spend in the Yukon. one of my favourite drives, is from Whitehorse to haines junction, then down to haines, Alaska, take the ferry to skagway, Alaska, and drive back through carcross. smallest desert in the world at carcross is cool to see.

  11. Thanks a lot. This is the second posting of you about Canada. You have done a great job in more details. welldone.

  12. I would love to visit the north, I just wish it wasn't so expensive to get there. The cost of going there is higher then leaving the country to go the Caribbean.

  13. Your videos have inspired me to travel to Kluane and Nahanni next summer! May I ask what car rental service you used in Whitehorse? I am finding that the options are very limited I would appreciate any recommendations you had

  14. you guys are amazing and all the videos i've watched … incredibly covered my bucket list of interest. Canada amazingly no doubt the most beautiful country in the world. thank you!

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