Yukon comes from the Gwich’in word Yu-kun-ah, meaning ‘great river’ — the Yukon River that flows through the territory. It’s the westernmost of Canada’s territories, bordering Alaska and the icy Beaufort Sea, and a region of extremes — extreme temperatures and extreme beauty. The lowest temperature ever officially recorded in Canada and in North America is -63°C (-81.4°F) on 3 February 1947 at Snag, Yukon.
This is the land of the midnight sun — at certain latitudes there are days in midsummer when the sun never sets. Then, during the freezing winters, the night skies become the stage for the dance of the aurora borealis (northern lights) across the sky.
Home of Canada’s highest peak, Mt Logan, Yukon is one of the last true wildernesses in the world.
The artworks and décor of Canada House’s Yukon Room invoke the wild and wonderful heart, with Joyce Majiski’s energetic exploration of Yukon’s water, weather and wildlife on her bespoke carpet and the ocean-inspired art of the Tlingit First Nations people represented in a pair of sculptures by Ken Anderson.
The Yukon’s Carcross Desert is the world’s smallest desert at just 642 acres.
The Yukon Quest, which follows the historic route of the Klondike Gold Rush across 1,000 miles between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, is the toughest sled dog race in the world.
Dawson City was the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush, which began in 1896. The largest nugget unearthed weighed more than 72 ounces.