As you jet north toward the Yukon Territory and the 60th parallel, you’ll
have a bird's eye view of some of the world's most picturesque country
- the mountains and river valleys of our wilderness classroom. This is
international travel without the hassle of visas and the challenges of
language. As an added benefit, a generous exchange rate means the U.S.
dollar goes a long way.
You will find NOLS Yukon nestled about a block off the Alaskan Highway
in the capital city of Whitehorse. With a population of approximately
20,000, Whitehorse is a bustling city in the middle of this vast Land
of the Midnight Sun. Whitehorse has a culturally and historically-rich
past, as it developed quickly from a First Nations focal point to a gold
mining camp during the Yukon Gold Rush of 1898. Your course may even find
evidence of this unique history by stumbling upon the remains of old mining
camps deep in the Yukon wilderness.
Housed in a warehouse with a pink concrete floor, NOLS Yukon has a minimalist
feel with a roughing-it atmosphere, but the fun-loving staff makes it
a cozy welcome for students. From preparing your rations, to outfitting
your expedition, everything you need for your course is under this roof.
The wilderness starts right on the edge of town—if you walk a straight
line out of Whitehorse it could be hundreds of miles before you cross
a road of any type. Your course areas will get you even farther into the
backcountry—the commute to course areas is anywhere from a few hours
in a van to a ride in a float plane.
Known for its remote wilderness, incredible whitewater and pristine
peaks, the Yukon is an untouched land waiting to be discovered and there
is no better place than NOLS to come and explore this wild backcountry landscape.