The Yukon holiday highlights

The territorial capital of the Yukon is the city of Whitehorse which sits on the banks of the winding Yukon River. It's here that most adventures begin - whether you are seeking the Northern Lights or starting an epic road trip along the Klondike Highway towards Alaska. The majority of the territory's population call the city home, making the most of the milder climate – compared to the towns and villages located further north!

To soak up the region's gold rush heritage, a visit to Dawson City is a must. In the late 19th Century prospectors found gold in a nearby creek causing a influx of over 100,000 fortune seekers to the city. Today the city is almost a living museum with historical re-enactments, panning for gold, heritage tours and dancehall entertainment all on offer throughout the year. The area is also rich in aboriginal culture with many sites associated with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation to be found. A visit to the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre is a must during a stay in the city.

The Yukon key facts

Time difference

GMT -8 hours

Capital

Territory capital: Whitehorse

Currency

Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Flying time to destination

Whitehorse: 11¾ hours (1+ stops)

Language

English is widely spoken all over Canada except Québec, which is bilingual (French-English).

Passport & visas

An Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is now required for British citizens travelling to Canada, please speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details.

The Yukon good to know

Tipping

Many Canadians in the service industry rely on tips to supplement their income. Tips or tax are not usually automatically added to a bill in Canada, but you should always check. Taxi drivers, hairdressers and waiters are generally given 10-15%. Bellhops, porters and doormen are generally paid Can$1 per item of luggage. It may be advisable to carry small change for this purpose. These figures are for guidance only and assume that service has been good.