The Yukon Territory takes its name from the Indian word Yu-kon for the Yukon River which is the great river that drains most of the territory. Lying north of British Columbia and east of Alaska, Yukon Territory shares many features with them from rugged mountain peaks, deep canyons, raging rivers, teeming wildlife, and meadows strewn with many wildflowers.
The land was therefore changed forever by the last great gold rushes. Between 1897 and 1904 more than a billion dollars worth of gold was taken from creeks of the Yukon Territory and names like Bonanza and Eldorado came into the language. Therefore, the hunger and the thirst to discover more of the awe inspiring land was born because it had become more accessible by the creation of the Alaskan Highway in 1942. But, in spite of the modern conveniences, the Yukon Territory still retains its circle of adventure and attracts tourists from all over the world.
The Yukon Territory is one of the best places for some motor home vacations as well as a number of fishing and canoeing trips. The rich traditions of active vacations have been brought to the highly developed entertainment structure. For instance, the Yukon Territory is most amazing in the winter when the Northern Lights are at their best and you can experience a real winter with dog sledding, snow shoeing, and snow mobiles. In the summer fishing, canoeing, rafting, and swimming in the pure waters of the Yukon Territory is the main attraction for al foreign and domestic tourists.
Yukon Territory is a place to take the road less traveled in order to explore the Dempster Highway all the way North from Dawson City to the Artic Circe and you can drive the romantic and aptly named Top of the World Highway or the Alaskan Highway. However, and maybe unexpectedly among all of the wildness and the ruggedness of the Yukon Territory, there are some first class lodges with all the facilities and food as well as a host of welcoming hotels and camping sites. Whitehorse which is the capital of the Yukon Territory offers all the amenities of a major city but retains a small town personality.
The Yukon Visitor Reception Center on Hanson Street is a good place to start exploring the province of the Yukon Territory; an information film called As the Crow Flies is screened every half and hour and maps and suggestions for a tours and activities are available. A main attraction in White Horse is the restored river steamer called the SS Klondike that is placed on the bank of the Yukon River. The McBride Museum is also an important site because it houses a number of exhibits on a number of local topics in a complex of log buildings. Very poplar with visitors of the Yukon Territory is the lively vaudeville show that is on stage every summer.
Klune National Park is also an interesting place to visit on the Yukon Territory which is worth visiting. The vast park is dominated by mountains and ice in Canada's alpine zone and it is a Mecca to mountaineers and rugged adventure seekers. The landscape of the Yukon Territory includes mountain lakes, alpine meadows, tundra, and swift cold rivers. You must visit the Yukon Territory to fish, go canoeing, nature walks, hiking, and mountain biking. There are also many Yukon Territory cottages. Please visit the Yukon Territory in Canada soon.