The Yukon is rugged and thinly populated, with landscapes ranging from glacier-capped mountains to low-lying wetlands, and dense forests to barren lands. Sunset and sunrise merge midsummer; north of the Arctic Circle, they don't occur at all. In autumn the northern lights, known as Aurora Borealis, can be seen in the sky. The Inland Tlingit and the Dene are the native people of the Yukon, and they are greatly outnumbered by the population of bears, mountain sheep, wolves, moose and bison that freely wander around the vast tundra.
Many visitors are drawn to the Yukon by the stories surrounding the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896. Gold is still actively mined here, especially in Dawson City. Those wishing for more rugged adventure can take a guided hiking or canoeing trip, which could run from 6 to 14 days or longer. Areas of interest include Whitehorse, Kluane National Park, and Dawson City, which is a restored gold-rush town.
Yukon is bordered on the east by the Northwest Territories, on the south by British Columbia, on the north by Beaufort Bay, and on the west by the State of Alaska in the USA.
Recreational activities in the Yukon include hiking, camping, canoeing, and snowmobiling. Exploring much of the Yukon is truly a wilderness adventure. It is important to keep in mind that when traveling through the Yukon, that much of the landscape can be treacherous during certain parts of the year and remote parts may only be accessible by plane, if at all.
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