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The upper third of the Yukon lies inside the Arctic Circle, so the wildlife includes caribou, Arctic fox and even Canadian lynx. Elsewhere in the Territory you can find black bear, brown bear and moose.

The northern coastline runs along the Beaufort Sea to the west of Canada’s Arctic islands, and is home to polar bears and beluga whales. And no trip to the Yukon would be complete without an opportunity to watch the mesmerising Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

With its variety of different environments - from boundless boreal forest to shimmering lakes and swathes of maroon-coloured vegetation that cover the tundra - there is no shortage of stunning scenery. And in its wilder reaches an abundance of wildlife includes everything from cougars to wolverines; in the Yukon moose outnumber people by two to one!

The Yukon's sheer size comes as something of a surprise; the territory covers 480,000 square kilometres - an area larger than Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands combined. Its unique climate is due to its position on the continent and the low humidity, which conspire to create hot, dry summers, and winters that become harsher the further north you reach.

Although rarely the first place on any Canadian itinerary, the untouched landscapes of the Yukon Territory will leave you yearning for more.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, American black bear, grey wolf, Canadian lynx, golden eagle
  • Where: Yukon, Canada

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Canoeing the Yukon River

This active outdoor adventure retraces part of the route of the Klondike Gold Rush, camping on the banks of the river in a vast wilderness surrounded by wildlife and relics of the region's past. One of the North America’s longest rivers, the Yukon is rich in wildlife, with moose, bears and lynx.

  • When to go: Jun-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Yukon’s Ice Bears

Each autumn grizzly bears arrive en masse at Bear Cave Mountain, where thermal springs percolate through the limestone, warming the river so it flows all year. The result is an incredible spectacle as up to 50 brown bears gather to feast on salmon making their way up river.

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £10,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea