The Yukon || Canada 150

In honor of Canada’s 150 birthday, we are featuring a different province or territory each week. This week we are heading up to Canada’s most northwestern slice of heaven, the Yukon!

The Yukon was inhabited by First Nations people long before Europeans arrived. In fact, some archeological sites in the Yukon contain the earliest evidence of human occupation in North America. The name “Yukon” comes from “yuk-un-ah,” the Locheux native word for “great river.” In the early 19th century European fur traders and missionaries began to arrive in the territory. Settlement flourished during the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. In 1870, the Northwest Territories, including what is now known as the Yukon, became part of Canada.

The Yukon has an incredibly diverse economy, from agriculture, to forestry, to hunting and fishing. However, it is still widely known for its large mineral deposits. People continue to go to the Yukon in hopes of finding gold.

The Yukon, like so many other areas of Canada, is known for its scenic views. Its slogan is “larger than life,” reflecting the vastness of its beauty. In the Yukon they have sought to preserve their history and their land so that generations of citizens and visitors can experience an authentic, Yukonian experience.

The Yukon is always celebrating Canada. Their ongoing arts and cultural events showcase their pride for this beautiful country and the role that they play in it. One of the ways you can join them in Canada 150 celebrations is by taking advantage of the free parks admission. The Yukon is home to some beautiful parks that have been thoughtfully preserved and protected just for you! Put some gas in the tank and explore everything it has to offer.

Stay tuned for a blog Thursday afternoon with the top things to see and do when you visit the Yukon and make sure to share this with your friends!

Your Real Estate Professional,

Ken Richter

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