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Why Aussie Millennials Love Canada’s Yukon Territory

September 12, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Aussie millennials are an admirable bunch. Faced with the challenge of rising cost-of-living and sky-rocketing house prices, many are choosing to invest in life experiences, rather than a mortgage or car. 

With its untouched wilderness, endless summer sun, and unique winter adventures, Yukon Territory in Canada’s north-west is a magnet for free-spirited Millennials looking to live their dreams.

Read on for 4 reasons why Yukon and Millennials is a match made in heaven.

1.Outdoor adventure

Yukon serves up experiences that Millennials just can’t replicate anywhere else. With uncrowded hiking trails galore, endless mountain bike runs, and enormous rivers for kayakers of every level of ability, Yukon’s 24-hour summer sunshine is put to good use.

Likewise, Millennials are drawn to the other-worldliness of Yukon’s winter. From the mystical northern lights, to mushing their own team of sled dogs, the colder months provide unique opportunities for unforgettable outdoor adventures.

2.They like to learn

Millennials enjoy independent travel, and when they get where they’re going, they want to learn. Far from taking a passive back-seat on an organised tour, this is a generation that seeks mental stimulation and Yukon has it in spades.

Dawson City is brimming with Klondike Gold Rush history. With its historic buildings and wooden boardwalks, it harks back to the days when 100,000 prospectors came to chase dreams of gold in 1898. Visitors can even visit a real working gold mine and pan for gold in the Klondike Creek.

It’s also home to more than its fair share of famous authors. Millennials can step into the world of literary giants, Jack London (Call of the Wild and White Fang), and poet Robert Service.

3.Expect the unexpected

Yukon is a destination that’s not worried about what anyone else thinks. Its authentic spirit shines through its friendly residents and the culture of its townships.

Millennials can sip on a micro-brewed beer and enjoy live music at Yukon’s only restored brothel, Bombay Peggy’s in Dawson City. Its ambience is irresistible with Victorian décor, antique furnishings, and contemporary art adorning the walls.

Music, parties, parades, and pig roasts are the order of the day at the annual Keno Gras festival, held each September in Keno City to celebrate the last of the lingering sun. Mardi Gras attire is recommended and shirts are optional!

4.Instagram paradise

Millennials live life online and they’re always seeking the ultimate Instagram-worthy scene. With its mountain ranges that go on forever, including Tombstone Territorial Park and Kluane National Park, Yukon is a destination designed for the ultimate social media brag.

Travellers love to capture the unique heritage on display in the capital city of Whitehorse. The colourful gold rush buildings, along with its river-front position, lends itself for stunning photos that inspire social media followers to explore it for themselves.

With grizzly bears, bison, mountain goats and moose outnumbering human residents by the thousands, Yukon is a safe bet for those wanting to capture that perfect ‘close-encounter’ moment. The Yukon Wildlife Preserve is a great way to capture these magnificent beasts and get the Instagram feed buzzing.

GETTING THERE

Air Canada has daily direct flights to Vancouver from Sydney and Brisbane, with connecting flights to Whitehorse and Dawson City available on Air North.

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