The Yukon: a magnificent territory, wild and northern spaces as far as the eye can see, the history of the gold rush… and of course the culture of the First Nations! This is where BougeBouge brings you for your first step on your way back to the Atlantic Ocean.From mid-August to mid-April, in the Yukon, it is possible to see the incredible Aurora Borealis!!! It was in 1896 that the Carmack family first discovered gold near what is now Dawson City. This was the beginning of the legendary Klondike Gold Rush. By 1899, prospectors had mined over $95 million in gold! The landscape of the area has changed little since humans began to build on it. Approximately 80% of the Yukon is still in the wilderness! In fact, there are about 70,000 moose in the territory compared to about 40,000 humans!
Whitehorse is the gateway to the Yukon! Nicknamed the « City in the Wilderness », Whitehorse has over 700 km of marked trails along the river that lead to incredibly beautiful lakes! Museums, original heritage buildings, cafes and restaurants… Creativity is the key word here: public art, inventive cuisine, public performances and exciting cultural discoveries. You won’t have time to get bored! Start by walking the Millennium Trail past the impressive Whitehorse Dam and along the river to the S.S. Klondike! Here you can visit an historic paddlewheeler that was the last to operate on the Yukon River! Then head to the picturesque docks and explore the historic White Pass & Yukon Route train station and the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Finally, don’t leave before visiting the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. Dedicated to the presentation and preservation of First Nations culture, the Centre opens a wide window on the Ice Age and the polar subcontinent. Enjoy your visit!
Surrounded by beautiful scenery, Haines Junction is a true wilderness town that offers exceptional outdoor experiences. It is nestled at the foot of an impressive mountain range that you can see before you even enter the city. The small village of Haines Junction is located on the edge of a vast and spectacular wilderness and is the closest you can get to Kluane National Park and Reserve. Kluane National Park and Reserve is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Haines Junction lies within the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, which they have occupied for thousands of years. You can visit the Da Cultural Centre Kų to learn more about their culture! You can also learn more about the first climbers who reached the top of Mount Logan, the highest peak in Canada!