Yukon

Yukon

The Yukon is the neighbor of the US state of Alaska. The territory has an area of 482,443 square kilometers, in it live 37,858 inhabitants (as of 2016). About three-quarters of them live in the capital Whitehorse. In the southwest of the country is the highest mountain in Canada at 5959 meters, Mount Logan. He is after the 6190-meter-high Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) in Alaska, the second highest mountain in North America.

 

The Yukon has been inhabited for at least 12,000 years. The First Nation of the Athabaskan language family lived nomadic, only in winter, they inhabited villages.

In the foreground has always been the fur trade. The gold discoveries in Klondike in the late 19th century brought more than 100,000 immigrants to the area for a short time, mainly to Dawson City. Old gold mines still bear witness to this time. Today, Yukonians live on tourism, the extractive industries, and services. Many visitors attract the annual Yukon Quest, the toughest dog sled race in the world.

 

More up-to-date information is available at www.gov.yk.ca

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