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February 23, 2018 Visit USA No Comments Email Email

Australian visitors to Canada’s Yukon Territory are basking under a sun that never sets during the long summer months. With so many daylight hours to fill, Yukoners know how to kick up their heels. Check out three of Yukon’s most unique cultural and music festivals taking place during summer.

1.Dawson City Music Festival: 20 – 22 July 2018

Kick up your heels with like-minded, music-loving souls in the heart of Yukon’s Klondike at the Dawson City Music Festival. Legendary for attracting the best of Canada’s finest musical talent, there’s no better setting for this eclectic festival than historical Dawson City and the spectacular northern wilderness. Yukon’s most anticipated music event on the festival calendar includes evening performances and afternoon workshops in intimate venues.  Buy your festival pass here.

2.Yukon Discovery Days: 16 – 21 August 2018

This week of special events in Dawson City celebrates the world’s greatest gold rush in the Klondike gold fields, following the discovery of gold in Bonanza Creek in 1896.

Yukon Discovery Days celebrates Dawson’s grand history with family-friendly fun, including competitions, walking tours, an arts festival, parade, golf tournament, and, of course, a quintessential performance by the Diamond Tooth Gerties’ Can Can dancers.

3.Adäka Cultural Festival 2017: 29 June – 5 July 2018

Plan your trip to Yukon to coincide with the award-winning winning Adäka Cultural Festival in the last week of June. Join more than 150 aboriginal artists and performers as they congregate in the capital city of Whitehorse to share their arts and culture during this week-long event.

The banks of the Yukon River offer the perfect backdrop to this world-class festival, hosted at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre. Immerse yourself in thetraditional and contemporary music, and sign up for a workshop to try your hand at drumming, dance, storytelling, film, visual art exhibitions, interpretive programming, and community feasts.

4.Yukon River Quest: 27 June – 1 July 2018

Recognised as one of the toughest adventure events on the planet, the Yukon River Quest is the longest race of its kind in the world, at 715 kilometres of winding river, with just two mandatory rest stops. Navigating the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, eager canoeists and kayakers from across the globe paddle the river day and night, cheered on by thousands of spectators, under everlasting sunshine, in a tough test of stamina and strength, both mental and physical.

In 2017, Esther Wheeler of Sydney became the first female finisher ever in her class, placing second in the Open Solo Canoe category. A total of 88 teams started the Quest, with 69 making it to the finish line.

Want more? Click here to find out how Yukon’s endless days offer inspired flavours, rich culture, and timeless traditions.

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Getting there

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

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