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Yukon Facts

Capital: Whitehorse

Yukon Holidays

  • Heritage Day - February 24th, 2006
  • Discovery Day - August 14th, 2006

The Yukon Territory is large enough to hold the states of California, Arizona, Delaware and West Virginia.

The famous Yukon River is 2,200 miles (3,520 km) long. You can canoe 2,050 miles from Whitehorse to the Bering Strait.

The central part of Yukon receives 6.5 inches (165 mm) of rain per year, less than Arizona.

There are approximately 50,000 moose, 10,000 black bear and 4,500 wolves in the Yukon.

The White Pass & Yukon Route is 110.7 miles (178 km) long. Of this, 20.4 miles (32.8 km) are in Alaska; 32.2 miles (51.8 km) in British Columbia, and 58.1 miles (93.5 km) in the Yukon.

Whitehorse is the third largest city in Canada by area.

The Carcross Desert is the world’s smallest at 642 acres (260 hectares).

Whitehorse has the world’s most northern botanical show gardens.

Yukon has a population of just over 31,000 people today, almost identical to that of 1900.

Of our population base, over 22,000 reside in Whitehorse.

This is the home to fourteen First Nations, speaking eight different languages. Gwich'in, Han, Upper Tanana, Northern Tutchone, Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, Tagish and Kaska.

Yukon First Nations’ rich culture and history in Yukon dates back as far as the last Ice Age (approx. 50,000 years).

Gold is 19 times heavier than water.

The Dempster is the only public highway in North America to cross the Arctic Circle.

Term Image Definition
Official flower Fireweed
Official bird Common Raven
Official Tree Sub-alpine Fir

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