Why Yukon is the coolest place to be this winter
There are few bucket-list experiences more enticing Aussie travellers than a winter wonderland. Canada’s Yukon Territory offers the quintessential winter postcard, complete with snow-draped forests, sled dogs and the shimmering, mystical aurora borealis.
Read on for three reasons why Yukon is the coolest place to be this winter.
1. The only thing better than standing in a snow-drenched forest is snuggling up in wilderness lodge as snow-flakes gently fall from the sky. A true winter wilderness experience calls for an authentic wilderness lodge and Yukon has them in spades.
Check out Muktuk Adventures and Guest Ranch deep within the Llaberge and Haeckel Hills in the Ibex Valley, just 15 minutes outside the capital city of Whitehorse. Here among the pristine wintery beauty you can learn the art of dog mushing and sled across the frozen river on a guided tour.
Alternatively, go further afield to the exclusive Tagish Wilderness Lodge, the ultimate winter bush getaway. Accessible only by dog sled, snow mobile or seaplane during winter, you’ll truly feel you’ve entered Santa Claus territory. Watch the real world slip away as you relax in the herbal sauna, go dog sledding, snowshoeing and ice-fishing, and then bed down in one of the cosy log cabins that line the shores of Tagish Lake like perfect wintery gingerbread houses.
2. There is no better place on earth to witness the aurora borealis.
Yukon’s pitch-black winter sky offers the perfect backdrop for the world’s most spectacular light show. Tour operators throughout Yukon offer unique ways to experience this awe-inspiring phenomenon. Soak in an outdoor hot tub as you watch the neon lights dance across the sky harmonising with the view of surrounding mountains, keep warm around a campfire, or take a dogsled ride out to a secret spot for the best view in the house.
Better still, soar within the aurora oval for with Aurora 360 and enjoy eye-level viewing of the lights on a private chartered flight, the only experience of its kind in North America.
3. When it comes to outdoor winter adventure, Yukon takes the cake. A true Yukoner embraces the winter months with gusto. This is your chance to live like a local.
Mushing a dog sled across a frozen Yukon lake, with the only sound being the happy panting of your canine friends, is truly the stuff of bucket-lists. Sign up for the wilderness adventure of a lifetime at Sky High Wilderness Ranch, just 30 minutes from Whitehorse, set on the spectacular Fish Lake. Get to know your team of huskies and learn how to manage them, and then set off on a week-long winter camping expedition that will take you back to the early days of transportation by dog sled.
For more information about Yukon visit www.travelyukon.com.
Air Canada has daily direct flights to Vancouver from Sydney and Brisbane, with connecting flights to Whitehorse and Dawson City available on Air North. Additionally, direct Air Canada flights from Melbourne to Vancouver will commence in June 2018. The non-stop services on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will operate three times per week and will start with an initial seasonal service running from December 2017 – February 2018.