One of three northern Canadian territories, the Yukon is situated in the northwest corner of Canada’s continental mainland. It is situated directly north of the Canadian province of British Columbia, to the east of Alaska and west of the Northwest Territories.
The only city in Yukon is Whitehorse , which is the largest of the three cities in Northern Canada’s three territories. It had a population of 25,085 residents and a land area of 416.54 km2 (160.83 sq mi) in the 2016 Census.
It is the largest city in northern Canada. Whitehorse started off as a transportation hub during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Whitehorse is referred to as The Wilderness City. The city was named after the White Horse Rapids; before the river was dammed the rapids looked like the mane of a white horse.
Road Conditions: The Alaska Highway is a two-lane, paved road that winds and rolls across the wilderness. Although virtually the entire highway is asphalt paved , motorists may encounter rugged stretches with chuckholes, loose gravel and unexpected bumps otherwise known as frost heaves.
Figure 4.1 Population by knowledge of official languages, Yukon, 2011
|Official language||Population (percentage)|
|English and French||13.1|
|Neither English nor French||0.3|
In Whitehorse, Yukon’s biggest city, expect to pay $750 per month for a bachelor apartment and $950 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. A room in a shared house should start around $500 per month.
Yukon is a wonderful place to live with breathtaking wilderness, a wealth of opportunities, abundant natural resources and friendly welcoming people.
In Whitehorse , the summers are comfortable, the winters are frigid and snowy, and it is mostly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -2°F to 69°F and is rarely below -33°F or above 79°F.
Most days of snowfall in Whitehorse leave less than five centimetres (2 inches) of fresh snow on the ground. For eight days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least five cm. Big snowstorms of over ten cm a day normally occur once or twice a year.
The Aurora Borealis can be seen in Whitehorse , but the strong city lights are very distracting.
Whether you see it as a bustling metropolis or a quaint gateway to the wilderness, one thing everyone will agree on is that Whitehorse is worth a visit . If you don’t believe me, just ask the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who spent 24 hours in the city during their 2016 Canada Royal Tour .
The best time to visit Yukon is in the late spring, summer, or early fall. In the warm summer months, it is busier, but attractions are open and activities like hiking or canoeing are popular. The shoulder months bring less crowds and mostly pleasant weather.
The city’s major industries include the following sectors: tourism, mining, government, tourism, forestry, fishing and trapping, agriculture and various business-oriented services. Whitehorse Transit is the major city transportation service. Whitehorse has a dry, subarctic climate.