Virtual experiences from Tourism Yukon, include bhangra dancing with Gurdeep Pandher

Join the Yukon Book Club or learn ‘Diamond Tooth Gerties’ dance routine via Sweatin’ to the Yukon

Sandra Thomas Travel

In recent years, the Yukon has become one of the most popular travel destination in the world.

This majestic Canadian territory — renowned for its awe-inspiring natural beauty, Indigenous culture and history, and unforgettable attractions — has attracted millions of guests from around the globe.

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Of course, ongoing travel restrictions due to COVID-19 mean the Yukon is currently closed to visitors. (British Columbia residents will be admitted into the territory beginning July 1.)

But, Tourism Yukon can’t wait that long and wants everyone in the world to experience the charm of this Canadian gem right now.

And now you can — without leaving home — with two new ways to escape to the Yukon from anywhere on the planet.

Each of these initiatives offer opportunities to learn more about the territory, have fun and gain inspiration for when visitors are welcome once more.

The Yukon has been the setting of countless classic novels throughout literary history.

Join the Yukon Book Club for an in depth look at the Canadian classic, The Call of the Wild. Photo Tourism Yukon

If you can’t visit the Yukon this summer (or to help get you in the mood for your upcoming journey), you’re invited to visit the Yukon Book Club virtually. 
Tourism Yukon has selected some of the best classic and contemporary fiction set in the Yukon and is making these books available for download from

Readers will gain a deeper understanding of the locations described in the books, thanks to interactive story maps, which offer photos, expert historical information and more. 
The first two titles in the Yukon Book Club include:

The Call of the Wild
By Jack London
Published in 1903, this world-famous short novel about a sled dog’s adventures during the Klondike Gold Rush has never been out of print, and is considered one of the most famous stories of all time.

Strange Things Done
By Elle Wild
Winner of the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, this 2017 thriller tells the tale of Jo Silver, an investigative journalist who becomes a prime suspect in the death of a Dawson City politician.
Something about the Yukon has always inspired people to be active. From the engaging energy of the people who call it home, to the breathtaking beauty of its wide-open spaces, the Yukon gets locals and visitors alike moving — and loving it.

A restorative yoga routine under the midnight sun kicked off the Sweatin’ to the Yukon program June 20. Photo Tourism Yukon

Whether the Yukon is part of your summer travel plans, or not, experience the essence of its lifestyle with a series of free online workouts that let you see, hear and feel what the Yukon spirit is all about.

Hosted via Instagram Live from beautiful locations throughout the territory, Sweatin’ to the Yukon is unlike any other workout series.

The series kicked off to coincide with summer solstice (June 20), with a gentle, restorative yoga routine under the midnight sun.

Here are the upcoming Sweatin’ to the Yukon broadcast dates:

Diamond Tooth Gerties’ Dance Routine

Toronto-born dancer Karen Murray “found her heart” in Yukon after relocating to perform at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall in Dawson City — Canada’s oldest casino.

Now you can dance your cares away and work up a sweat while following along to dance routines from the legendary gambling palace.

Diamond Tooth Gertie’s dance video is now live on Travel Yukon’s Instagram account.

Dryland Kayaking at Miles Canyon

July 8 at 5 p.m. (PDT)
Tone your arms and abs with outdoorsman Kalin Pallett. Experience all the cardio and weight-bearing benefits of kayaking from the comfort (and dryness) of your home.
Lumberjack Lifting at Fish Lake Road

July 16 at 5 p.m. (PDT)
There’s a reason why lumberjacks (and lumberjanes) are so brawny. Follow along with host Amy Kenny for this challenging full-body workout set against the stunning backdrop of Yukon’s great outdoors.

Bhangra Beats at Lake Laberge

July 22 at 5 p.m. (PDT)
The joyful Gurdeep Pandher has been featured on national media and his videos showcasing bhangra dancing have been viewed a combined 20 million times and counting on social media.
Raise your pulse and your spirits while dancing along with Gurdeep.

Follow along and take part in the fun @travelyukon’s IG LIVE or IGTV for the Sweatin’ to the Yukon series and for travel inspiration.




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