The Yukon's summer season isn't something to talk or read about; it's something to be experienced. When the sun sets just before midnight, and warm temperatures as high as 26 Celsius (or 78.8 Fahrenheit) invite, there's probably no place on the planet that feels quite as summery and serene. Of course, many destinations all around the world offer a sublime summer season, however, there's something special about the Yukon that almost nowhere else on Earth can match.

Along with this captivating Canadian province's ravishing rivers, luscious landscapes, wondrous wildlife, and fascinating history - all made more enjoyable in the warmer months - it sees an otherworldly phenomenon that only a handful of places can promise: the midnight sun. With a day that never ends and a sun that never sets, the Yukon is one of the few places on Earth where wearing shades at night isn't viewed as peak 80's cringe, and there are more than enough reasons why discerning travelers should consider visiting in the summer.

9 Experience The Midnight Sun

Famed as the "Land of the Midnight Sun," the Yukon's summer season sees skies bright throughout the night. From May to August, the sun almost never sets, which is an enchanting, extra-terrestrial experience in itself that most people will never know of. In particular, the summer solstice on June 21st - celebrated in Canada as National Aboriginal Day - sees a shining sun all through the night.

And the further north one goes, the higher the sun and longer the midnight sun period, which means northern gems - such as the aboriginal town of Old Crow in summer - are absolute must-visits. There are also plenty of events and celebrations taking place in other parts during this time of the year too, including in Dawson City, where the Danoja Zho Cultural Centre offers a fantastic roster of family-friendly activities and live music.

8 Discover the Klondike Gold Rush in Dawson City

One of the Yukon's most interesting heritage stories is the Klondike Gold Rush in 1896 when local prospectors found gold in a creek near Dawson City. A rushing stampede thus occurred due to the immense discovery - one that saw this busy town become a melting pot of prospectors, entrepreneurs, businesses, Mounties, and dancehall girls.

Today's Dawson City still holds its historic heritage feel and boasts bounties of historical sites and cultural attractions that are still intact. Visitors can learn all about the fascinating history of the gold rush by taking a tour, which sees enthusiastic guides donned in authentic cultural dress showing people around. Naturally, one can experience Dawson City's impressionable history and culture any time of the year, but the region's weather and night-less days make summer the most unique and inviting period.

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7 Relish River Canoe Trips

An incredible way to enjoy the Yukon in summer is by opting for a river canoe adventure. Visitors can go for a guided or non-guided tour along the routes, which are all varied and sometimes long, along with some that allow canoers to explore areas that are usually unreachable. Newbies and people unfamiliar with the area will benefit from a guided tour because all the preparation and equipment is readied by local experts. However, there are some that prefer to do it themselves. Whether one goes alone or via guided tour, an ideal canoe trip involves a multi-day exploration along one of the Yukon's four Canadian Heritage Rivers: the Yukon River, the Teslin River, the Nisutlin River, and the Big Salmon River.

Trips can last from one to 15 days, and explore several routes that vary, including points in Whitehorse, Little Salmon Village, and the Pelly River. One of the more rewarding routes, however, is along the Yukon River, which was famously used by gold hunters during the Klondike Gold Rush. This particular river adventure is full of history and showcases many old cabins, gold dredgers, and steamers. It's extremely long though, stretching for 3,000 miles from Bering Strait to the Southern Yukon, but of course, adventurers can break the trip down into smaller chunks or opt to explore specific shorter sections instead - like Carmacks to Dawson, or Whitehorse to Dawson.

6 Outdoor Activities Abound in Kluane National Park

The summer season in the Yukon delivers epic hiking opportunities, which is one of the many invigorating ways to explore and enjoy this raw and wild Canadian province. Alongside the many river canoe trips already mentioned, taking the time to discover Kluane National Park is another one of Yukon's highlights.

Lying adjacent to Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, and the Tatshenshini Provincial Park, this spectacular area is the biggest land preserve in the world - a fact that makes it bucket-list-worthy alone. Teeming with wildlife and nature in its rawest form, exploring Kluane National Park and its rugged landscapes - either by oneself or guided tour - is pure escapism, and should be a part of any Canadian itinerary, never mind just the Yukon.

5 Bountiful Birdwatching Escapades

Under the Yukon's summer sun and throughout the long daylight hours, life abounds and flourishes, and a huge diversity of wildlife thrives during this peak time. This includes tons of flora, including mighty trees and wonderful wildflowers, along with an abundance of wildlife, such as forest-dwelling critters and migratory birds.

As such, summer is the perfect season for avid birdwatchers, who're treated to an amazing variety of species that take flight. However, one of the most noteworthy to seek out is in fact one of Yukon's signature species: the White-tailed Ptarmigan.

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4 Grizzly Bears Galore

In the Yukon, there are more moose than people at a ratio of two to one. So it's unsurprising that, given this fact, there are even more fascinating species to be on the lookout for when visiting this sensational part of Canada. From elk and bison to mountain sheep and more, it's prime wildlife-spotting galore here. But more notably, however, this region is in fact one of the best places to observe wild bears.

Home to around 30 percent of Canada's population of grizzlies, the Yukon almost guarantees the ability to spot these majestic furry creatures in their natural habitat. One of the most recommended ways to spot them is by car on the Alaska Highway, Dempster Highway, the Atlin Road, or the Haines Road. It's also possible to see them whilst hiking, however, caution is advised, naturally. It's not just grizzlies to scope out in the area either - forested areas also shelter black bears, and in extremely rare cases, it's possible to witness polar bears on the North Slope and Herschel Island.

3 Fun Fishing For All The Family

Yet another fun summertime activity in the Yukon is fishing, especially on a guided trip led by a local tour guide or operator. Visitors can enjoy some of the region's most popular and exciting fishing spots, and catch an array of species, such as lake trout, rainbow trout, arctic grayling, northern pike, whitefish, and many more.

Undoubtedly, some Yukon-bound folks do prefer the tranquillity of going off to fish by themselves, however, opting for a guided fishing trip allows people to benefit from expert locals in the region who really do know their stuff - particularly about the best fishing spots and how to land a good catch.

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2 Unbeatable Drives

There's nothing quite as liberating as a scenic road trip - be it a short self-drive or a longer cross-country journey. And the Yukon is a driver's dream with myriads of stunning drives located all over the province - home to highways that have been highly ranked among the world's top driving destinations. Overall, exploring the Yukon by road is so highly spoken of because it grants adventurers breathtaking diversity; from postcard-perfect natural scenery and historic towns to intriguing cultural attractions.

It would be impossible to list every single worthy route in the area's vast network, however, a few well-known favorites include the Golden Circle, which takes drivers through pretty towns and alpine networks to the Alaska Panhandle, and the Silver Trail with its jaw-dropping moose-riddled landscapes and lovely vistas of the famous Stewart River. There's also the renowned Dempster route, which promises a memorable drive full of expansive panoramas and alpine tundra along one of the only all-weather roads across the Arctic Circle.

1 Never-Ending Nightlife

Not just famous for its gold rush and iconic sourtoe cocktail, the Yukon's Dawson City is equally known for being a party town - and summer is the height of the fun and events on offer. Even back in the day, the city was renowned as a party hub for all the miners, and it was actually home to Canada’s very first casino, which is still open for business today. Couple this with the burlesque shows, brothels, and non-stop beer flow, and Dawson City's social scene - in addition to its gold mining - led to it being placed firmly on the map and gaining a wild reputation.

Although the city's past raunchiness and naughty shenanigans have since long gone, Dawson still remains true to its history and heart with its North American-esque mountain town spirit; a bar at every turn; a vibrant casino culture; and plenty of colorful nightlife and late-night joints that keep the party booming throughout the night (despite there being a distinct lack of night during the summer season). Lastly, it goes without saying that, if savoring the Yukon's party culture is on the cards, then visiting throughout summer is a given; when Dawson City Music Festival takes center stage and gets the heart going in true Yukon style.

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