A girl from my running team posted in our club Facebook group asking if anyone wanted to join her and her mom for a running relay in the Yukon that coming September. With Ironman scheduled shortly before it, I discounted myself from the adventure, secretly dreaming about how awesome it would be to go to the Yukon. Fast-forward to a few months later that girl came over for a girl’s night and before everyone left for the night, I had somehow signed up to tag along. Not that it actually took much convincing… cause let’s be real, I truly can’t turn down an adventure!
And so with 2 weeks of junk food eating and a single 20-minute run behind me (post ironman), I found myself on a plane jetting to the land of trees, bears, and mountains. I’ve now been back in Ontario for a month and somehow I still haven’t found the proper words to describe the Yukon. Some call it the “Spell of the Yukon,” others refer to it as “North of Ordinary.” There is some sort of magic about it. A magic that is probably best described in photos. Without further ado, the 23 photographic reasons why you need to visit the Yukon.
1. To enjoy a flight of a lifetime. As you fly into Whitehorse, you get the most breathtaking views of water, mountains, and forests. (Whitehorse, Yukon)
2. To stroll into 5 grizzlies so you are forced to take a detour and find a lake with picture perfect reflections (St. Elias Lake, Yukon)
3. To take a dip in Arctic water (Schwatka Lake, Yukon)
5. To see the northern lights in person. While underwhelming at first behind a camera lens it can capture a magical experience.
11. To drive along the Alaskan highway (Haines Junction, Yukon)
13. To drive on Highway 1 (Whitehorse, Yukon)
15. To make the 8-hour hike and summit King’s Throne (King’s Throne, Yukon)
16. To race in the ionic Klondike Relay. The race is a 10 leg relay from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon that must be completed in less than 17 hours. Below I’m minutes before starting the 25km leg at 4 am.
17. To take pictures that will never require any filters (Tachal Dhal Ridge, Yukon)
18. To enjoy backdrops that look like oil paintings (King’s Throne, Yukon)
19. To drink summit beers (Hero Mountain, Yukon)
21. To hike through Kluane National Park (Haines Junction, Yukon)
23. To make lifelong friends