Southern Lakes, Yukon
The perfect Staycation for Yukoners!
Yukon ‘Northern Canada’ is accessed by road via the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek, British Columbia and by air through our Capital City, Whitehorse. Vancouver, Calgary & Edmonton are our three air gateways to Whitehorse. Access has never been easier.
Our Southern Lakes region is composed of never ending space and distance to explore. The mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies form our backbone. The glaciers deliver our pristine waterways. The rivers to the sea formed our original transportation routes and now provide a playground for adventurers. The boreal forests cover and protect our waters and our abundant wildlife. We boast 186,000 sq. mi. of land mass and a total population of 32,000 residents. California by comparison has 163,000 sq. mi.
The Southern Lakes region is home to the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Taku River Tlingit, Teslin Tlingit, Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council for thousands of years. To learn more about the First Nation culture be sure to visit the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre and Carcross/Tagish Learning Centre.
The first non-natives arrived here in the late 1800’s, less than 200 years ago. The Chilkoot Trail from Skagway Alaska gained notoriety as the gateway to the headwaters of our Yukon River and ferried thousands of gold seekers to Yukon Klondike gold fields. Today, we invite you to come and take a look at how mother nature created one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The Southern Lakes Region has only five paved year round highways through Teslin, Tagish, Carcross, Marsh Lake, Mount Lorne and Atlin British Columbia. We are few but friendly and hospitable people that welcome you and hope to provide you with everything you need for your chosen adventure.
The centre of Yukon business and our International Airport is located in the City of Whitehorse just North and the largest influx of visitors to our region arrive through the Port of Skagway Alaska or the Alaska Highway.
The Southern Lakes is located within the Pacific coast mountainous region called the Canadian Cordillera which separates the Yukon from the Pacific Coastal region.