Known as the world’s smallest desert, the one-square-mile Carcross Desert is a great photo stop and a place to stretch your legs while learning more about the area. A brand new attraction in the area, Carcross Commons, presents the area’s gold-rush history along with that of the Tlingit and Tagish people who have called the region home for thousands of years. Watch live totem-carving demonstrations or visit Skookum Jim House, which honors the Tagish man co-credited with making the gold discovery that led to the Klondike Gold Rush.
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Visit Emerald Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the Yukon because of its intense green color, or explore Montana Mountain’s never-ending trail network with spectacular views and pristine alpine meadows – don’t forget the binoculars and be sure to watch for sights of white Dall sheep grazing on the mountain’s south-facing slopes.
Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon and also a former gold-rush town, but one that has grown up substantially. Excellent cultural facilities, fun restaurants and a lovely waterfront right on the Yukon River make it a great place to relax and explore.
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The area between Whitehorse and Kluane is among the most scenic in the Yukon, with lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing. Once you reach the park, you may see Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou, moose, bears, dozens of smaller mammals and 150 species of birds. Don’t forget your camera!
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