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Yukon’s famous highways named best Canadian road trip

December 2, 2015 Destination North America No Comments Print Print Email Email

Road-tripping across Canada’s Yukon Territory was recognised as the ultimate Canadian RV adventure in the list of 100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die, published in the summer edition of Australia’s best-selling outbound travel magazine, International Traveller.

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Coming in at number five and recognised ahead of 700 nominated bucket-list experiences throughout Canada, Yukon’s epic driving vacations was touted as a not-to-be-missed experience, with its ribbons of highway and breath-taking wilderness.

“Aussies love their road trips and we’re not surprised Yukon took the spot for the ultimate Canadian RV getaway,” Says Quentin Long, cofounder of Australian Traveller Media and commentator for Channel 9 Mornings, ABC 702 and 2GB Radio.

“In fact, Yukon was recognised seven times within the top 100, including three times in the top 30. This tells us that Australian travellers desire an adventure that takes them off the beaten track.”

The list was compiled by an expert judging panel, including prominent travel writers and authors.

“Canada travel experts, operators and tourism officers were asked to nominate the experiences they believe should be on everyone’s bucket list,” says Quentin.  “The nominations were put to a judging panel whose job it was to whittle down this world of wonder to a comprehensive list of the top 100.”

With the top 30 experiences appearing in the current edition of International Traveller, road-trips across Yukon in an RV is described as the ultimate freedom:

Here’s a territory five times bigger than Tasmania, with a population smaller than a Manhattan city block, covered in 80 per cent wilderness with 5000 kilometres of open highway.

Jessica Ruffen, Market Manager Asia Pacific, Tourism Yukon, says Australian visitors to Yukon tend to be adventurous spirits seeking wildlife encounters and unforgettable wilderness experiences, such as watching the aurora borealis, the bewitching spectacle of northern lights that dance across the sky between August and April.

“We are thrilled to be featured on this prestigious list,” says Jessica. “Some of Yukon’s most exclusive and distinctive experiences were recognised in the top 100, including basking under the midnight sun, mushing a dogsled across a frozen Yukon lake, flightseeing over the icefields of Kluane National Park and the peaks of Tombstone Park, as well as experiencing gold fever in the historic Klondike and Dawson City.”

Among Yukon’s iconic drives are the Alaska Highway, which nudges alongside the UNESCO site of Kluane National Park, a mass of Canada’s five tallest mountains and the largest ice-fields outside the North and South poles, and the Dempster Highway, an unsealed road that passes through varied geological terrain in Tombstone Territorial Park, and on to traverse the Arctic Circle, the only road in Canada to do so.

“Whether you’re interested in stories of our gold-rush history, seeing majestic glaciers, or looking for wildlife, every Yukon route is dotted with vast rivers, pristine scenery, friendly communities and some of the most remote wilderness in the world,” says Jessica.

With Australian travellers to the world’s second largest nation jumping 6.6 per cent in July this year, International Traveller’s comprehensive list of bucket-list experiences will act as a reference guide for Aussies planning their next big adventure in Canada.

“Canada is such an iconic bucket list destination for Australians, it just made sense to us to produce the ultimate list of 100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die,” says Quentin.

The full list can be viewed at: http://www.internationaltravellermag.com/100thingstodoincanadabeforeyoudie/

Getting there
Yukon’s capital city of Whitehorse is approximately 2.5 hours by air from Vancouver, accessible with year-round daily commercial service. Year-round car hire services are available in Whitehorse. For more information about the Yukon, see www.travelyukon.com.

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