As crazy as it may sound to visit the Great White North in the middle of February…yours truly decided to be a rebel…and to summarize: It. Was. Incredible.
Having just got back on Friday morning, and as per numerous of your requests for pictures, I’ve decided to wrap things up into 5 reasons why YOU should go too!
Disclaimer: Pictures do not do this place justice! Enjoy 🙂
1- Explore Your Own Country First
My dad was a long-distance transport driver, and has traveled all over the states and parts of Europe. He has always said “explore your own country first, so when someone asks you what Canada is like…you have more to credit than just where you’re from”
And let me tell you…The North is such an incredible representation of this country. The vibrant culture and history, amazing people, beautiful scenery, and of course…snow/cold.
2- The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Festival
I have no words to fully explain how much fun and hilarious this event is. If you go in the winter, you HAVE to go for Rendezvous.
From the typical winter events, to cultural fairs, to the Sourdough Sam contests (which involves men competing in lip-sync battles, dance-offs, sausage eating…and strip show contests for the title to name a few) they have everything.
What will take you by surprise is the costumes – ladies are dressed in corsets or full period costumes, and everyone has to be wearing a Rendezvous garter or pin…or else the Keystone Kops will arrest you. Don’t mess with the Kops.
3- The Klondike Highway/Skagway, Alaska
I’ve been on some pretty epic roadtrips…and this is by far the most gorgeous drive I have ever been on.
This highway links Skagway, Alaska to Dawson City (crossing through Fraser, BC), and despite the fear of all the avalanche zones, the scenery is absolutely stunning and breathtaking, not to mention the climate change between BC and Alaska. It’s literally white to green. Pictures will not do it justice.
4- The Dawson Sourtoe Cocktail
So I may not have tried this…but its pretty famous in the area and I’ve heard aaalllll about it.
If you take the trip up to Dawson, you must stop by the Downtown Hotel and try the Sourtoe shot…which is literally an old human toe in a shot of your choosing…and the toe has to touch your lips…I’m ok with having missed this experience.
5 – Flying Air North
Ok this may sound strange – but Air North is an incredible airline.
It was my first flight, but comparing notes with people, I was so spoiled. The food was literally my favourite part.
Made all in their kitchen in Whitehorse, everything is fresh and true northern, including an Elk Sheppard’s Pie option, and bison sausage in their fresh veggie tray. I was actually looking forward to the trip back to see what I’d get to eat….
BONUS #6 – Yukon Brewing
For the beer lover – a tour of Yukon Brewing is an absolute must. From the best selling beer in the Yukon (Yukon Gold) to the award winning Yukon Red, to their Midnight Sun espresso stout, there’s something for everyone! Check them out here!