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A bucket-list destination

By on March 24, 2017

The Yukon isn’t just for tourists. Sure you can find breathtaking mountain scenery, First Nations history, and endless outdoor adventure, but there’s much more to offer. It’s also an accessible destination that is affordable for meeting and event planners. Where else could you hold a meeting in the shadow of a glacier or in a Gold-Rush-era saloon? With facilities for up to 500 guests, planners can feel comfortable in modern hotels and contemporary conference venues, while enjoying northern cuisine. Local professional management companies are also available to assist you.

Is distance an issue for you? You can fly on Yukon’s own airline, Air North. You’ll find it’s no problem at all when Whitehorse is only a 2.5 hour flight from Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary. All major venues and hotels are located downtown, just minutes from the international airport. Suitable for meetings of up to 500, Whitehorse has over 800 hotel rooms, world-class facilities and conference venues. You’ll find that rates are competitive with other major city centres, and with no PST tax, you’ll save 5% on all costs.

The Yukon is a year-round destination, offering delegates a variety of activities and entertainment throughout the year. In the spring and summer, experience the midnight sun, pan for gold, or celebrate at one of the many arts and music festivals. As the leaves start to change, take a scenic plane tour, catch a concert at the state-of-the-art Yukon Arts Centre, or take a tour—and taste—of the local brewery. In the winter, experience the magic and beauty of the Northern Lights. This season offers its own unique mix of true Yukon experiences: snowmobiling on a frozen lake, dog mushing, and snowshoeing. Each will add an adventurous twist to your meeting. For many people, the Yukon is a bucket-list destination. With its exceptional activities and attractions, there’s something for everyone in Canada’s North.

As Canada enters its 150th anniversary, there is much to be celebrated throughout the country. In the Yukon, there is always something to celebrate. This year marks some noteworthy historical and business celebrations, including the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway. Built during World War II in only eight months as a transportation route to the far north, the highway begins in the province of British Columbia, runs through the Yukon Territory, and ends in the American state of Alaska. Since its construction, the highway has come to benefit many industries, including rubber tire traffic—tourists—as it is now known as one of the most iconic drives in the world. Whether you drive it in its entirety or spending a couple of hours driving to the next community, the Alaska Highway is a must-see for all visitors.

Founded in 1977, Air North, Yukon’s Airline is celebrating its 40th anniversary. In 2016, Air North was voted the second-most loved airline in the world by Fortune Magazine. Praised for its true Yukon hospitality and warm cookies, Air North flies direct between Whitehorse, Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Yellowknife, and Ottawa. Working with Air Canada, Air North offers an interline baggage service for efficient transfers.

To tell their stories, the Yukon is home to the Yukon North of Ordinary magazine. They aren’t just celebrating their 10th anniversary, but are also winners of five awards at the International Regional Magazine Association’s annual awards dinner. The magazine first started out being solely Air North’s in-flight magazine. Now, it has Canada-wide distribution and still remains Air North’s magazine, welcoming visitors to the territory and locals home.

In the Yukon, there is always something to experience. While outdoor adventures set the Yukon apart from other destinations, visiting the territory offers more than world-class canoeing, breathtaking hikes, and unending scenic views. It’s about connecting with a landscape and culture that will forever change the way you feel. You’ll know it one summer evening as you stand in the light of the midnight sun, or one brisk winter morning as you admire the snow-capped mountains. These are the memories that will stay with your participants forever. If you still need a reason to host your next meeting in the Yukon, 2017 provides quite a few to add to your list.

The Yukon’s hospitality is second to none, and it will surely leave each of your delegates with an unforgettable conference experience. Make your next meeting or conference unique and memorable, visit the Yukon.

And as they like to say “Experience the Rush.

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