The Yukon is one of North America 's major wilderness attractions: close to 80 per cent remains pristine wilderness. About 10.3 per cent of the territory is fully protected areas. The Yukon has three national parks, six territorial parks and four Canadian Heritage Rivers.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railway Depot, Lake Bennett
Photo Courtesy of
Yukon Government / D Crowe
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"Spell of the Yukon" by Robert Service
There's a land where the mountains are nameless,
And rivers all run God knows where;
There are lives that are erring and aimless,
And deaths that just hang by a hair.
There are hardships that nobody reckons;
There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There's a land-oh, it beckons and beckons,
And I want to go back-and I will.
For travel information including road reports, car rentals, airlines, trains, ferries, and weather, visit our Yukon Travel Information section.
Carcross - Caribou Hotel, Mattew Watson General Store
Photo by M Berkman
Yukon Government Photo
WHAT'S A "YUKON"?
In the Athapaskan language, the word "Yukon" means "the great river" or "big river." At 3,600 kilometres (2,300 mi.), the Yukon River is the fourth longest river in North America; the fifth largest in water flow and the last major river on the continent to be explored in the 1800s.
THE SOUND OF LIGHT
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are caused by huge explosions on the surface of the sun that send out streams of charged particles that interact with the Earth's upper atmosphere. These reactions occur 96 to 128 kilometres (60 to 80 mi.) above the Earth's surface, so it doesn't make any sense that they can be heard. Still, many people report hearing a crackling or rustling noise when they see the lights. It could be that the sound is created near the ground by electrical phenomena associated with the aurora. It could also be that watchers are being affected by psychological or physical processes that we don't yet understand. Of course, seeing the aurora on a dark, silent night is so exciting it might just be the sound of blood rushing through veins that's being mistaken for the sound of light.
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