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23 January 2023

5 Reasons To March Break In The Yukon

Whitehorse waterfront; Yukon River

Make your March Break epic this year by heading north. While many people are browsing vacations in southern destinations for their upcoming March Break, we are dreaming of snowy trails and incredible Aurora Borealis displays.

Taking a trip to the Yukon for March Break is unexpected but we guarantee you’ll come back with the best stories to tell.

Our preferred partner airline, Air North, is offering special March Break flights from Toronto to Whitehorse (with a short stop in Yellowknife). These flights, normally only offered in the summer months, make a short getaway to the Yukon very easy. Flights from Vancouver are offered year-round.

Browse our 3- and 4-day air-inclusive holidays to add a jaunt to the Yukon to your March Break plans. Leave from Toronto on March 12, 17 or 21; or leave from Vancouver nearly any day of the week as direct flights are offered frequently.

You’ll be soaking up the great Canadian north in no time.

If you still need convincing about why you should put the Yukon on your March Break must-do list, here are 5 reasons that make the Yukon such a unique destination:

1. See the Northern Lights

The Yukon is one of the top places in the world to see the magical Aurora Borealis. The lights are best seen from late August until mid-April when the skies are at their darkest, so you’ve got an amazing chance to see this natural phenomenon on your March Break getaway.

Read our complete guide to the Northern Lights.

Which getaways include Aurora viewing? All of our packages to the Yukon have some way for you to experience the Northern Lights. You can stay in Whitehorse and take nightly visits to a dedicated Aurora viewing site as in our Aurora Tour in the Yukon package or our Aurora Borealis Adventure. Or you can stay in a lodge outside of town where Aurora viewing is available right on the property (as it is removed from city lights) as in our Lakefront Cabin Stay or our Northern Flavours Aurora Getaway, which includes airfare, accommodations and all your meals.

2. Soak in the hot springs

Experience the healing and rejuvenating powers of this ancient water source near Whitehorse. The springs produce an incredible 387 litres of naturally heated water per minute.

This water comes in at 46.5°C and contains many minerals with healing properties, including magnesium, potassium and silica. Newly renovated, Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs is an adults-only oasis in the northern wilderness with hot pools, relaxation rooms and saunas.

Try our wellness-focused Yukon getaway that includes a stay in very cool accommodations with an onsite wood-fired sauna as well as a trip to the Hot Springs or our Yukon Winter Adventure that includes a visit to the hot springs and much more.

3. Mush a dog sled team

Photo c/o Yukon Government/ F. Mueller

Dog sledding is a classic northern mode of transportation, enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. The outing usually includes meeting a team of friendly dogs before heading out on an incredible adventure through the Yukon wilderness.

You’ll get tips on how to drive the sled yourself — an unforgettable experience. Our spectacular Yukon Winter Adventure includes a half-day dog sled tour (as well as an amazing sightseeing flight over Whitehorse and the surrounding wilderness).

But dog sledding can be added on to almost all of our tours in the Yukon, but it can fill up fast so please let us know as soon as possible if you’re interested in adding on a dog mushing experience to your time in the north.

4. Kick sled through a wildlife preserve

Photo c/o Yukon Government

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve is a unique destination just outside the city of Whitehorse. This not-for-profit organization has more than 150 animals located throughout its 350 acres of wilderness and is the Yukon’s only animal rehabilitation centre.

It is open year round for visitors to tour through the preserve and see some of Canada’s most iconic animals, including the arctic fox, Canada lynx, woodland caribou and wood bison. In the winter, you can traverse the preserve’s snowy pathways on cross-country skis or even rent a kick sled (kind of like a dog sled without the dogs) for a fun way to get around.

Some of our Whitehorse-based getaways include a visit to the Wildlife Preserve, such as our Aurora Tour in the Yukon, but we can always add it on to your Whitehorse stay.

5. Snowshoe through pristine trails

Snowshoeing in the Annie Lake area. Photo c/o Yukon Government

Sure you can snowshoe anywhere there’s snow but nothing compares to doing it in the north. You’ll find quiet trails through Boreal forests, pathways with wildlife tracks to follow and the fresh air that only comes from being in a place so removed from big populations.

Snowshoe trails abound in the Yukon, but we love the idea of enjoying your own private trails just outside your cabin door as you do on our Lakefront Cabin Stay Under the Aurora Skies.

Category: Yukon