We don’t mean to brag, but…..
Mount Logan measures in at 5,959 metres (19,551 ft.). It’s Canada’s highest mountain and the second highest in North America. And the largest massif on the planet. Welcome to the top of Canada.
The St. Elias Icefields are the largest non-polar icefields in the world. More than 2,000 glaciers. Some over 100km long with depths estimated to be 1.6 km. Billions of tonnes of ice. When you’re this big you even get to make your own weather.
Mount Saint Elias
Canada’s second highest mountain, Mount Saint Elias, also happens to be in the Yukon. And the third highest. And the fourth….actually all but five of Canada’s 25 highest mountains are in the Yukon.
The Yukon River
The Yukon River is the longest river in Canada at 3,190km (1,980mi.) and the third longest in North America. Its watershed is bigger than Texas.
Canadian Heritage Rivers
Four of Canada’s Heritage Rivers flow through the Yukon: the Thirty-Mile (a stretch of the Yukon River), the Alsek and Tatshenshini rivers in Kluane country and Bonnet Plume in the Peel Watershed.
Kluane National Park
At over 22,000 km2 Kluane National Park and Reserve is about the same size as Israel. Together with neighbouring parks in British Columbia and Alaska it forms one of the largest internationally protected areas in the world.
Rare Phosphate Minerals
More than 30 types of rare phosphate minerals have been discovered in the Blow River area. Many of them new to science. Yukon’s gemstone is the exceptionally rare lazulite crystal.
Blue Fish Caves
Some of your earliest ancestors probably called the Yukon home. The Blue Fish Caves in northern Yukon contain the earliest evidence of human habitation in North America. Humans are believed to have lived in this region for more than 14,000 years.
“Desert” isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of the Yukon. But at just 1 square mile (2.6km2) the Carcross Desert claims the title as the world’s smallest desert.
An enormous, almost straight valley that extends hundreds of miles across the Yukon, the Tintina Trench is a visible reminder of plate tectonics. Below the surface is a fault line along which the bedrock has shifted a minimum of 450 km (280mi) laterally. Aside from being a significant geological feature, the trench is used as a navigation aid by millions of migrating birds.