Paddling the Yukon is to become a part of the great wilderness. The river bank, the water and the sky are full of wildlife. This is the habitat if the moose, grizzly bears, caribou, deer, timber wolves, grouse, geese, swans, ducks, beavers, bald eagles, muskrat, mink, marten, lynx, weasel, fox, fisher, squirrel, etc. Nature and this wonderful piece of Heaven on Earth allows the paddler to witness Nature at her pristine best. And it is nothing like visiting a zoo ... indeed it is like paddling through a open zoo.
Along the shores of the river are alpine tundra and boreal forests. Spruce, pine, poplar, aspen and white birch trees border the river, with alder and willow found closest to the water.
A sparsely populated region all along the course of the river, its scenery and isolation have attracted tourists and adventurers seeking an escape from the crowded cities.
The region that the Yukon flows through is just south of the Arctic Circle and in summers, there is no darkness. In the dead of "night", it might become monochrome. This lasts for a few hours, beyond which the landscape is resplendent in all its colourful glory. If I am lucky, I might also witness the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights, the incredible sight of the dancing lights in the northern sky.