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Winter Festivals in the Yukon


Canada has officially reopened to international tourists and the Yukon is looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the wilderness and invites them to celebrate at various festivals this upcoming winter.

The five-month winter season in the Yukon spans from November until the end of the March. During this time, the Yukon, located in Canada’s Northwest corner, is a winter wonderland, idyllically set in 80% pristine wilderness. During the winter, the Yukon offers visitors an abundance of immense aurora viewing opportunities including from remote lodges, round campfires and on aurora hunting trips.

2022 Yukon Winter Festivals:

20th anniversary of the Available Light Film Festival
4-21 February, 2022
Canada’s largest feature film festival North of 60

The Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) has been a fixture in the territory’s cultural scene for two decades. Every year, the festival screens the best of contemporary Canadian and international film to eager audiences in Whitehorse. ALFF provides the opportunity to see award-winning films, participate in workshops and the ALFF Media Industry Forum, and be transported to other worlds in the dead of winter. Get cosy with the locals in a darkened theatre to share an intimate cinematic adventure.  yukonfilmsociety

Yukon Quest International Dog Sled Race
5- 15 February, 2022
Experience the thrill of the world’s greatest sled dog race

The legendary Yukon Quest challenges mushers and their dog teams to traverse the frozen wilderness between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska each February. Spectators from around the world travel to the Yukon to witness the event live, while thousands follow the race progress online. The Quest trail follows historical gold rush and mail delivery routes, but varied weather and trail conditions provide a fresh challenge for mushers and their dogs every year.  yukonquest

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Festival
11 – 27 February, 2022
Celebrating Yukon’s tenacious, frontier spirit

For a week in February, Whitehorse buzzes with energy that brings Yukon’s heritage alive and heralds the coming of spring. Enjoy family-friendly and sporting events by day like the pancake breakfast, axe throwing, dogsledding, flour packing and chainsaw chucking. At night, the raucous fun gets in full swing with Sourdough Sam competitions, crowning of the festival Queen and roving performances by the world-famous Snowshoe Shufflers and Rendezvous Can Can dancers.  yukonrendezvous

The Yukon Arctic Ultra
3 – 11 February, 2022
The world’s coldest and toughest ultra-race

The Yukon Arctic Ultra is a mountain biking, cross-country skiing and running race that follows the trail of the Yukon Quest from Whitehorse to either Braeburn (100-mile racers), Pelly Farm (300-mile racers) or Dawson City (430-mile racers). arcticultra

For further information on the Yukon, visit travelyukon.com