Situated on Canada’s Northwest Corner, next to Alaska, 80% of the Yukon is pure North American wilderness, with 5,000-metre peaks, forested valleys, unspoiled waters and untamed wildlife. The Yukon is home to more than 160,000 caribou, 70,000 moose, 22,000 mountain sheep, 6,000 grizzly bears, 220 species of birds and only 36,000 humans.
With national and territorial parks in abundance, including the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kluane National Park, four Canadian Heritage Rivers, and 3,000 miles of road, some of Canada’s most remote areas become accessible to visitors in the Yukon.
The vastness and diversity of the province means that the accommodation options are pretty special too. Adventurers can stay in places they had only imagined in their wildest dreams, from lakeside inns, wilderness retreats and lodges, rustic cabins and uniquely situated bed & breakfasts.
Here are a just few of the top accommodation choices for exploring the enchanted lands of the Yukon:
Switch off and enjoy an eco-friendly digital detox at Discovery Yukon Lodgings
Located on the Alaska Highway and nestled in the foothills of Kluane National Park, halfway between Whitehorse (Yukon) and Fairbanks (Alaska), lie five idyllic hand-crafted log cabins, offering panoramic mountain views. Set in lush botanical gardens, this property is perfect for a digital-detox. Explorers, botanists, wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers, are all welcome to discover the majestic lands. Each of the cabins boast a private bathroom, deck, barbecue and fully equipped kitchens. Twin or queen suite options are available and each day a home prepared breakfast is offered.
The property is open 1 May until 30 September. www.discoveryyukon.com
Experience the magic of the Yukon at Northern Lights Resort and Spa
This remote property is hidden far away from busy city life and is the prime location for viewing the spectacular Northern Lights. Visitors will have an unforgettable stay as they can view this phenomenon from the privacy and comfort of their own personal cabin. Located just 20 minutes south of the city of Whitehorse, the property is found in 160 acres of private land, close to the Yukon River and surrounded by pine forests and mountains. After an adventurous day exploring, visitors can relax in the luxury outdoor jacuzzi or enjoy a treatment at the wellness spa. An incredible place to stay during both the summer, when there is 20 hours of sunshine, or in the winter, when it is a dreamy snowy wonderland, the lodge offers year-round, un-obscured views of the soaring Aurora Borealis.
The property is open year-round. www.northernlightsyukon.com
Fine dining and floatplanes at Southern Lakes Resort
Only an hour from Whitehorse, and accessible both by road and by floatplane, this property offers five private log cabins (including a superior cabin and a family cabin with kitchenette) with spectacular views of Tagish Lake. From the resort, visitors can explore one of the world’s last untouched frontiers and enjoy hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and, in the winter, dog-sledding. Private sightseeing boat tours and fishing charters are also available. Each of the lakefront cabins offers guests total privacy but visitors are encouraged to relax in the communal lounge and dine at the lakeside restaurant, known for its homemade lake burgers and eclectic menu with dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
The property is open May-September and November – April. www.southernlakesresort.com
Take me to the Yukon:
Windows on the Wild offer a 10-night holiday to the Yukon from £1573pp including return flights from London to Whitehorse, car hire throughout, three nights at the Southern Lakes Resort in Tagish, one night at the Raven Hotel in Haines Junction, three nights in a cabin at Discovery Yukon Landing, two nights at the Klondike Kate’s Cabins, Dawson City and one night at the Northern Lights Resort and Spa in Whitehorse.
For more information and to book, call 020 8742 1556 or visitwww.windowsonthewild.com
For further information on the Yukon, visit www.travelyukon.com