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Want to do something different for once? Why not go on a trip to the Yukon. Not only can you brag to all your friends about seeing the northern lights and getting eye to eye with a red fox, but you will experience moments that will last a lifetime. The best part is, it’s not as far or hard to do as you think. It all starts with a two-hour flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse where you are greeted by your Arctic Range Adventure guide. From there go into ‘passenger mode’ as the guide provides you with an itinerary, picks you up and drops you off at each location and even recommends where to grab dinner. Check out what we did in the Yukon below.
The first day we arrived from Vancouver at 4 p.m. From here we were greeted by our guide and driven to Midnight Sun Coffee Roastery to get a caffeine buzz and shop local goods. After coffee, we headed to the Yukon Brewery where we got a tour and tasted some of their local craft brews. Our favourite was the YOLO lager. From there we headed into Whitehorse for dinner at Antoinette’s. This restaurant feels like you are walking into the Caribbean. Not only is the atmosphere warm and inviting but the food is outstanding. If today didn’t feel jam-packed enough at 10:30 pm we were picked up and driven to the Arctic Range Adventure Aurora Viewing Centre. Here we enjoyed warm drinks and gazing at the night’s sky.
The best part about being up north is the sun doesn’t rise until 9:30 am, so you can sleep in! After a good night’s rest, we headed out to the airport to go on a helicopter sightseeing tour with Great Northern Heli Sports. This was so cool! Seeing Whitehorse and the Yukon wilderness from above gave us a totally new perspective on the beauty of the north. After the epic flight, we headed to the Yukon Wildlife Reserve to check out all the unique northern animals. We’re talkin’ muskox, moose, caribou, snow foxes, mountain goats and more. It was so cool seeing these animals so close and in such an amazing facility. After some time spent outside we headed to the Takhini Hot Springs to warm up. These hot springs were so magical and just what we needed after a day out in the cold. After the springs we headed back to the Aurora Borealis Viewing Centre for more of the epic northern lights viewing.
Day three started in the streets of Whitehorse and with a yummy breakfast at Baked Cafe and a short drive to Mt. Sima to hit the slopes. Mt. Sima was such an amazing local mountain, it may be small but it sure is beautiful and the riding was top notch. After snowboarding, we headed to go dog sledding at Muktuk Adventures. If you like dogs this is the spot for you! Not only was the sledding super fun but we got to go around and meet all the cute sled dogs after our ride. After dog sledding and dinner, we headed back to the Aurora Borealis Viewing Centre for our last night of watching the sky. By now we were aurora borealis pros and knew exactly what to do. We played cards, ate maple syrup on a stick and watched in amazement at the night’s sky.
For our final day, we woke up, met our guide and tossed on some snowshoes to walk out onto the lake to go ice fishing. Our guide created a hole in the ice for us to cast our lines. Intermittently we sat by the fire to warm up and drink some tea while we waited for the fish to bite. This was such a cool experience and we were even lucky enough to catch a fish and cook it over the fire! Talk about #outdoorvibes. After ice fishing, we headed back to the hotel to change and get ready for our flight back to Vancouver. On the flight home, we couldn’t believe how many activities we did in such a short period and are planning the next trip back.
November is the best time to go to experience the Yukon in the winter while avoiding the coldest months of the year.
Lots and lots of wool layers, a snowsuit, winter boots, a toque and a warm pair of gloves. You can never have too many! If you don’t have the gear Artic Range Adventures has the gear you can rent to ensure you stay warm.
We stayed at the Westmark Hotel which was conveniently downtown and walking distance to everything we needed.
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