Yukon’s Winter Weekend

Looking for something memorable in an extended weekend or week-long stay? Consider the warmth, inspiration, and energy of a Yukon winter. Only a few hours away from Vancouver and Calgary, Yukon’s numerous tour operators offer packages that let you sample the many experiences available at this time of year.

It all starts with the comforts of any city setting. Quality hotels, exceptional cuisine, and superb shopping are standard fare within walking distance in downtown Whitehorse. Uniquely northern art galleries, museums, boutique shops, and many coffee shops are sure to surpass your urban expectations.

Pride yourself on your hairy legs, beard, or mustache? You’ll fit right in with a February visit around the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous. If that isn’t colourful enough, rent a car and visit the Klondike’s Dawson City, where the additional latitude comes with an attitude for all things lively and fun. Visit Dawson City during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, try your luck with the sourtoe cocktail, or drop in to the town-run, gold rush–themed casino, Diamond Tooth Gerties.

While the urban experience is a welcome surprise, the magnitude and splendour of Yukon’s wilderness can only be understood through hands-on experience. Tour operators offer packages that take you into the backcountry by dogsled, snowmobile, cross-country skis, or snowshoes for a few hours or a few days. Either way you choose to travel, the meandering trails skirted with white-capped spruce will reveal the many tracks of wildlife active this time of year. Best of all, the end of a winter day is capped with the chance to view the magical northern lights.

Some come to Yukon to embrace and relive the rugged history of the early explorers, trappers, or gold rush stampeders. Others are looking for their winter experience to be cushioned with the refined comforts of fine dining, luxury accommodations, and a personal, northern concierge. Either way, Yukon tour packages deliver the winter experiences you have been looking for.