Discover Canada: The North

Author: Canadian Living


Discover Canada: The North

Canada is generally recognized for the beauty of its wide-open spaces and the diversity of its people; nowhere is that beauty and diversity more obvious than in Canada's far north. Much of the this region is wilderness, so be sure to thoroughly research your trip before you set out to explore.

The Yukon
In Yukon's capital, Whitehorse, you'll find the S. S. Klondike dry-docked on the west bank of the Yukon River. Built in 1937, the S. S. Klondike served as a cargo ship, transporting silver-lead ore, gold ingots, people and merchandise between Whitehorse and Dawson. Now designated as the S. S. Klondike National Historic Site of Canada, it contains 7,000 artifacts from the late 1930s. Take a 30-minute tour of the vessel, and bring a picnic lunch to serve up afterwards at the on-site picnic tables. For more information, call 867-667-3910.

More ways to travel the Yukon
• Experience the Yukon on a driving holiday via the Alaska Highway or the Klondike/Kluane Loop.
• Visit one of Yukon's territorial parks: Herschel Island Qikiqtaruk Park, Tombstone Park or Fishing Branch Ni'iinlii'njik Park.
• If you like leaving the planning to the professionals and high adventure is your speed, consider a package tour from Canadian Wilderness Travel, CJ Link Service or the Dalton Trail Lodge.

Where to stay
Check out the Bed & Breakfast Association of the Yukon for good places to hang your hat at night!

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The Northwest Territories
The Northwest Territories remains a wild and starkly beautiful part of the Canadian landscape, spreading out over 1.17 million square kilometres of forests, mountains and tundra. Visitors have a choice of 27 territorial parks and 14-day-use areas. Some include:

Cameron River Crossing Territorial Park
Fred Henne Territorial Park
Hay River Territorial Park
Hidden Lake Territorial Park
Prelude Lake Territorial Park
Reid Lake Territorial Park

Fun festivities
Celebrate the culture and tradition of the people of the region by taking in a festival such as the Great Northern Arts Festival, Open Sky Music Festival, Caribou Carnival, Solstice Festival or the Yellowknife Aurora Festival.

Where to stay
For accommodation information check out

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Nunavut became Canada's newest territory on April 1, 1999. Its population is primarily Inuit, a culture that has existed here for over a thousand years.

Nunavut occupies one-fifth of Canada's landmass, but its population tops out at 29,000. For those who love the pristine, unspoiled beauty of Mother Nature, Nunavut is a perfect vacation choice.

The best time to visit this area is in May and June, when the sun warms the land and the ocean ice breaks. Visitors to Nunavut can take their pick of outdoor adventure: hiking, kite skiing, parasailing, mountain/rock climbing, canoeing, river kayaking and rafting are among the offerings.

There are four national parks in Nunavut: Auyuittuq, Quttinirpaaq, Sirmilik and Ukkusiksalik. Visitors here can see icebergs, polar bears, caribou, musk oxen and many other types of wildlife not commonly seen in more populated parts of the country. Take a cyber trip to Nunavut Parks to see the territorial parks in this area.

For more travel information
If you choose the remote beauty of northern Canada for your vacation, consider a vacation package from one of the many sources listed on the tourism websites of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

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