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Miles Canyon

Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge

As I stepped off the plane in the Yukon, I was hit with a rush of excitement to explore the natural beauty of this vast land. The Yukon is known for its wide-open spaces and breathtaking views, and I couldn’t wait to experience it all. Miles Canyon, known for its untamed and stunning views of the Yukon River, was an activity I had to cross off my list. The place is simply wonderful, and it’s easy to see why it draws so many visitors each year. During the summer months, the water takes on a striking turquoise hue, while in the winter, the river is blanketed in a layer of white snow that creates an almost otherworldly atmosphere.

It’s an experience that I won’t soon forget, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to connect with nature, just a few minutes away from downtown Whitehorse . 

  • 15 minutes from downtown Whitehorse by car
  • Take roughly 4 hours to do the 15.1-kilometer hike by the Millenium trail to arrive at the Canyon
  • Beware of the bears – carry bear spray
  • Off the Alaska Highway you can take Miles Canyon Road leading to a parking located right next to the bridge – opened only during summer 
  • Take Chadburn Lake Road to get access to a year-long opened parking

Scheduled daily boat tours start from Shwatka lake and up and through Miles Canyon. Once through the rushing waters of the canyon, they push full steam ahead, cruising through the green waters of the Yukon River. 

Kluane Lake
Kluane National Park; Mount Barker
rafting on Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park
Couple hiking along shore of Kathleen Lake. Kluane National Park

One of the first places on my list was Kluane National Park, a place that I had heard so much about.
My family and I were invited to a cabin on Kluane Lake, which turned out to be the perfect base camp for our adventures in the park. From there, we caught tasty fish in the lake and went on hikes to explore the surrounding wilderness. I was in awe of the mountains and crystal-clear lakes that surrounded me. One day, I was lucky enough to spot a beaver entering the lake, and it was a truly unforgettable experience!

One of the things that struck me about Kluane National Park was the feeling of being completely immersed in nature. It’s a feeling of tranquility that’s hard to describe, but it’s something that I will never forget.

Overall, my time at Kluane National Park was an indelible experience. The beauty of the park is simply breathtaking, and the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat was something that I will always treasure. 

  • 181 kilometres – 2 hours from downtown Whitehorse 
  • Stop at the The Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre to get some professional recommendations on activities and knowledge about the park’s cultural and natural wonders
  • Stop at Haines Junction, the wilderness town, on your way to the park
  • Canadian mountain wilderness spanning over 20,000 square kilometres

Nestled into the boreal forest on 3 acres of private land with stunning views of the mountains, we recommend  Kluane Skyline for your adventures in Kluane National Park with lots of room and flexibility for groups & families. 

Kluane National Park

Couple picnicing at Kathleen Lake Campround
Midnight Dome

Midnight dome lookout

Next up in the list of the views not to miss in the Yukon, the Midnight Dome Lookout in Dawson City! This spot is a must-visit for anyone travelling to the Yukon, and let me tell you, it’s absolutely breathtaking.

I actually had the opportunity to visit the lookout in the beginning of April, with the hopes of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! The view of the Yukon river and the hills and peaks in the distance was just unreal. But what made the experience truly special was getting to share it with other travelers. It was special to connect with them over such a mystical phenomenon.

Now, if you happen to be in the area during the summer months, you absolutely have to check out the Midnight Dome Lookout during the summer solstice. This is the time of year when you can witness the midnight sun, when the sun stays above the horizon even at midnight. It’s an incredible sight to see, and the changing colours of the sky are just out of this world.

But even if you can’t make it during the summer solstice, any time of year is still a great time to visit this spot. Whether you’re there in the winter with the white snow or in the summer with the bright colours, the view from the lookout is stunning!

  • 540 kilometres- Downtown Whitehorse to the Visitor Centre
  • 887 meters-high rock
  • 10-15 minute drive from Dawson – paved road
  • Approximately 5 miles to hike there – several ways to climb, there are hiking trails
  • 360 degrees-view lookout
autumn colours, Tombstone Mountains

The Tombstone territorial park is the ultimate adventure destination for those seeking a true northern experience. Located further up north from Dawson, this park is the northern Patagonia that you’ve been looking for.

Now, before you get too excited, you need to prepare yourself. This place is pretty remote, so make sure you have gas, spare tires, and enough food to last you the trip. The only way to get there is by taking the Dempster Highway, which is unpaved and quite rough, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Once you arrive, get ready to explore. The park is massive and offers some of the most stunning views you’ll ever see. The rugged peaks, lichen, wildflowers, and shrubs all around create a picturesque backdrop. You can go hiking, fishing, and camping here, but make sure you get a permit first.
When I visited, I went to the Tombstone Interpretive Centre to get a guide, and it was even more than I expected! The centre was really accessible, and the little gift shop was a nice touch. The hike I went on with the guide was particularly interesting because I got to learn about the natural and cultural history of the place.

Now, you might be thinking that you should only visit in the summer when the weather is warmer, but trust me, fall is where it’s at. I went at the end of August, and the colours were absolutely stunning. The shades of oranges, yellows, and reds that I saw were wonderful. If you’re a nature lover like me, you have to experience it for yourself.


Furthermore, since this place is so unaffected by humans, you can see so many mammals and birds migrating, which is a sight like no other. You’ll be in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds you.

So, if you’re up for an adventure and want to experience the true North, the Tombstone territorial park is a place you should visit! Just make sure you’re prepared for the journey, and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most stunning views you’ll ever see.

  • 565 kilometres – Downtown Whitehorse to the Visitor Centre
  • Stop at the Interpretive Centre to buy your permits or get a guide
  • Fuel up your tank in Dawson!
  • Bring 4 spare tires
  • Prepare enough food to last your whole trip

Tombstone territorial park

Tombstone Territorial Park
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“After spending a year studying in Sherbrooke, Quebec, I got a great change of scenery coming to the Yukon. I love it here, the nature is incredible and the people are lovely! Working at Neighbourly North is a real opportunity and a fun experience for me. Being used to travelling and using short-term rentals, I am more than motivated to spend my time here being as useful as possible. So far, my experience has been incredibly enriching.”

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