16 Facts About Yukon


Yukon is the smallest and westernmost of Canada's three territories.

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Yukon was split from the North-West Territories in 1898 as the Yukon Territory.

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The southern Yukon is dotted with a large number of large, long and narrow glacier-fed alpine lakes, most of which flow into the Yukon River system.

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Mount Logan and a large part of the Yukon's southwest are in Kluane National Park and Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Long before the arrival of Europeans, central and southern Yukon was populated by First Nations people, and the area escaped glaciation.

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Sites of archeological significance in the Yukon hold some of the earliest evidence of the presence of human habitation in North America.

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Yukon's Language Act "recognises the significance" of the territory's aboriginal languages in the Yukon, and permits their use in Legislative Assembly proceedings, although only English and French are available for laws and court proceedings.

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Thousands of these prospectors moved to the territory, ushering a period of Yukon history recorded by authors such as Robert W Service and Jack London.

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Yukon Government maintains a series of territorial parks including, parks such as Herschel Island Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park, Tombstone Territorial Park, and Fishing Branch Ni'iinlii'njik Park.

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Yukon has a wide array of cultural and sporting events that attract artists, local residents, and tourists.

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Notable Yukon artists include Jim Robb and Ted Harrison, whose paintings have become iconic for their depictions of historic and contemporary life and culture in the Yukon.

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Executive power in the Yukon is formally vested in the Territorial Commissioner, who plays an analogous role to that of a provincial lieutenant governor.

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Yukon has numerous political parties and candidates who stand for election to the 19 seats in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

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At the federal level, the Yukon is represented in the Parliament of Canada by one member of Parliament and one senator.

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Every Yukon community is served by an airport or community aerodrome.

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Alaska-Alberta Railway Development Corporation is planning to construct a new railway line that would cross the Yukon, connecting Watson Lake and possibly Carmacks but not Whitehorse.

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