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Northern Yukon

Northern Yukon


A land richer in wildlife, in variety of landscape and vegetation, and in archaeological value than any other in the Canadian Arctic. Here high mountains, spruce forests, tundra, wide flats' of lakes and ponds, majestic valleys ... come together to form the living fabric of the arctic wilderness...

Dr. George Calef
Wildlife Biologist,
Canadian Wildlife Service
© Parks Canada


Walking from north to south, the Northern Yukon divides into three landscapes: the rounded Richardson and British Mountains, the vast interior plains of the Old Crow Flats and the rolling Ogilvie Mountains. The Flats are covered with hundreds of rectangular lakes and meandering streams and rivers - a jigsaw water-maze.

Most of this region was bypassed by the Pleistocene glaciers. Vast sweeping pediments smooth the river valleys and isolated hills of frost-shattered rocks called tors, among other testimonials to the absence of glaciation, give the region a unique appearance.

Many palaeotological and archaeological sites have been found. These include some of the best-preserved assemblages of Pleistocene fauna and evidence of human occupation in the Beringia Region that dates from 20 - 40,000 years B.P..

National Parks System Plan, 3rd Edition

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