To say the Yukon is vast, is an understatement. The northern province is three times the size of England and home to some incredible natural attractions including the Northern Lights. There is also much to see and experience in the towns and cities throughout.
RVing to the Yukon from Vancouver Island is a multi-day trip, so it helps if you have RVing experience and a solid plan before you start.
Now for the fun part – where to?
These bucket list destinations for RVers in the Yukon, should definitely be on your map:
Along the way
It’s a long drive to the Yukon. Take a break in these BC destinations and get motivated for the adventure.
If you’re looking to avoid a stop in Vancouver, consider visiting Kamloops. For the sports enthusiast, the small city is known as Canada’s tournament capital, so there are many sports competitions to catch all year round. The city is surrounded by nature and has great sights and sounds like museums, galleries and unique shops in the downtown area as well.
City of Prince George
Prince George is certainly worth a stop on your drive to the Yukon. You can see some of its many natural attractions, like Forests for the World, which has over 15 kilometres of multi-use trails and the vast Eskers Provincial Park. The city has a great food and culture scene that will remind you of its much larger sibling, Vancouver.
Stop in Wells Gray Provincial Park to bask in its meadows. One everyday activity is hiking the five-mile trail to the top of Helmcken Falls. At 463 ft, it is the 4th longest waterfall in Canada and is as impressive as the rest of the park
In the Yukon
You’ve made it to the Yukon and there is so much to see and do! Here are a few must-see attractions that should make it onto your list.
Sign Post Forest
Sign Post Forest is a tourist attraction located along the Alaska Highway. Started by a homesick GI in 1942, it now has over 100,000 signs from visitors continuing the quirky tradition. Check out the forest and bring your own sign to add to the collection!
Tombstone Territorial Park
The park is named for the expanse of mountain peaks that resemble tombstones. It is in the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin nation near Dawson. Tombstone Territorial Park is a relevant cultural and historical site. There are currently dozens of archaeological sites uncovering human activity from over 8,000 years ago. You can also catch sight of the bears, moose, caribou and over 150 bird species that call this park their home.
Kluane National Park
It’s hard to describe Kluane National Park in just one sentence. The park offers ethereal views from almost every height, and there are many of those to choose from. Kluane National Park has 17 out of the 20 highest mountains in Canada. This includes the highest peak in the country, Mount Logan, which soars to nearly 6000 metres. The park isn’t just for mountaineers. RVers can also explore the lakes, glaciers and extensive trails and, of course, the rare northern wildlife. Don’t miss Haines Junction! The small village is known for its beautiful scenery and is a popular stop on the way to Kluane.
Southern Lakes Region
This sprawling area is named for the 600 kilometres of lakes that weave through the land. It comprises different towns and communities, such as Teslin, Tagish and Mount Lorne. Despite the sparse population, the area has many unique attractions.
- The Carcross Desert which is the smallest in the world.
- The Klondike gold rush historical sites
- Takhini hot springs, located about 20 km from Whitehorse.
- Emerald Lake, which is famous for its otherworldly blue-green lake
- Volcanic rock formations at Miles Canyon Basalts.
Exploring the Southern Lakes can take several days. Thankfully, there are several campsites and RV parks in the region.
Despite many tourists knowing about Dawson, only some actually visit it. The town is inextricably linked to the history of the Yukon, from the indigenous nations that shaped the territory to the gold rush that sparked a massive influx of migrants to the area. It’s also home to some of the best Northern Lights views in Canada!
- Midnight Dome, which gives you a view of the Yukon River and Klondike valleys
- Diamond Tooth Gerties, which was Canada’s first gambling hall
- The Bear Creek ghost town
- The sternwheeler graveyard
- Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, where you can learn about the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation
- Watching the Northern lights
Dawson City is a short drive from Tombstone National Park, so you can head there before or after your camping trip.
The Yukon offers all this and so much more, so get planning, the Land of the Midnight Sun awaits!
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