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Marvel at the stunning display of nature as you witness the Northern Lights and discover the charm of Whitehorse.
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Head to Canada's spectacular Northwest Territories and discover the diverse landscapes that range from Arctic coastline and wide open tundra to towering mountains and dramatic river canyons. View epic displays of the Northern Lights, hike in national parks with an array of wildlife or canoe a wild northern river few have ever seen. Experience the True North of Nunavut, where you can learn about Inuit culture and mush across the frozen landscape on a dog sledding adventure. Or travel to the Yukon Territories, home of the world’s largest ice fields, an incredible profusion of flora and fauna and Canada’s five tallest mountain peaks. Bursting with almost limitless outdoor activities, a visit to Yukon is an experience to be added to your bucket list.
Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories is Canada's sunniest city in the spring and summer, and the clear days make it one of the best places to enjoy the Northern Lights and the midnight sun. The Yukon enjoys endless warm summer nights and beautiful spring days, while the autumn sees the tundra transformed by oranges, yellows and reds and the winter months are perfect for dog sledding, snowmobiling and watching for the Aurora Borealis overhead.
Go on an arctic safari to see beluga whales and the mysterious narwhal; witness hundreds of thousands of caribou migrating across the tundra; search for polar bears, arctic fox and muskox; and visit walrus out on the ice.
Embark on a winter dog sledding adventure through the Yukon wilderness or travel overland from the Pacific to the Arctic, along snow covered highways and roadways built of ice and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this vast wilderness region.
CULTURE & HERITAGE
Learn more about Canada's First Nations people; visit the Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Coast and uncover the fascinating Gold Rush heritage of the Yukon.
The Yukon wilderness offers hikers the chance to discover hidden lakes, follow rivers and canyons and hike the countless trails to reach panoramic views over the picturesque landscape.
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The ethnic diversity of Canada means that rules of social propriety are quite complex. There are certain general expectations. Greeting, except in formal settings, does not require touching in the form of embraces or handshakes. As a community, Canadians are in general soft spoken, patient, and almost apologetic in their public behaviour. They are also in general tolerant of the complex network of cultural differences in public behaviour, more so in cities where such diversity is more common place.
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All major communities in the Northwest Territories are linked by year-round highways and in winter most remote areas will have ice roads built on top of packed snow and thick lake ice. There is also a scheduled air service from Yellowknife to communities through to southern half of the territory. The Yukon is easily accesible by road in the summer months via a number of highways which connect the territory with Alaska and British Columbia.
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English is the official language however almost 20% of people speak French, especially in Eastern Canada. Indigenous languages are also spoken in Northern Canada.
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