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 Yukon River

At 3185 km long, the Yukon River is the fifth-longest river in North America. The name Yukon is from the GWICH'IN word Yu-kun-ah, meaning "Great River." Starting at its headwater at Tagish Lake on the northern BC border, it flows northwest across the Yukon Territory into Alaska, where it flows into the Bering Sea. Boats can navigate from Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory all the way to the Alaskan coast.

Four principal tributaries, feed the river in Canada: the Teslin River, the Pelly River, the White River, and the Stewart River.

Steam Ships plied the river in the 1860s, and there were at least 200 in service in 1900, at the height of the
Klondike Gold Rush. The Steam Ships were the only connection between Whitehorse and Dawson City until 1955 when the Klondike highway was complete, connecting the two communities.

Wood camps were set up every 50 kilometres along the river to supply the Steam Ships with the tremendous amounts of wood they burned.

Several thousand First Nation people maintain their traditional life-style, at least partly dependent on hunting and fishing.

The isolation and scenic beauty of the river attracts tourists from across North America and all over the world.

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