29 In Yukon

25 Things All Yukoners Will Relate To

mountain and lake at conrad campground in yukon canada in summer

The Yukon is a strange place for many reasons, and this adds to it’s charm. But with it’s capital city only having a population of ~26,000, it can lead to some funny opportunities, and strange circumstances.

Some of these things may be a little frustrating, but others are wonderful and make me thankful to live in such a unique place in the world. The Yukon is truly one of a kind and I believe that everyone who lives here can agree to that (even if it can drive you crazy sometimes). I also believe that everyone who lives here can relate to these 25 points, because I sure as hell do!

1. Driving for 500km on the highway and only passing 8 cars….

2. “Oh, you’ve only played tennis for 3 months? Want to go to the Canada Summer Games?”

3. Pays for Amazon Prime, orders something off Amazon Prime, takes two weeks to arrive…

4. When a company won’t ship to the Yukon, but they will ship to Atlin, B.C.?????

5. Wondering what ever happened to Tagish Elvis? Like… How are you doing man?

6. Praying your car won’t start while its -40 so you won’t have to go to school/work.

7. Can’t find it anywhere in town? Riverside has it.

Ice Fishing Yukon

8. Going to Vancouver and being amazed at stores being open on a Sunday, and past 6:00pm.

9. Going to B.C. and hearing this, “Oh you’re from Ontario? Cool…. You’re from Yukon?!?!?!?! That’s SOOO far away!!!!”….

10. Hitting up Tim Horton’s 3 times a day is a necessity.

11. In high school you were dying to escape this frigid town and then dying to come back after you left.

12. Getting used to gorgeous mountains everywhere and having to check yourself.

13. Missing Lizards but also being so happy that place is gone.

14. Not knowing any street names but understanding directions like, “it’s in the old Canadian Tire” and “it’s across from the old Dairy Queen”.

Dawson City, Yukon Guide

15. Missing when Rendezvous was on Main Street.

16. It’s minus 40, not negative 40…

17. Hearing someone still call Home Hardware, Beaver Lumber.

18. Coming to terms with the fact that literally nobody knows where the Yukon is, and having to explain that it’s next to Alaska, but in Canada, every time you travel.

19. Re-watching that Qwanlin Mall video on YouTube every chance you get. Haven’t seen it? Click here.

20. Never getting used to the lack of light in winter, and all-day light in the summer. You’d think after 24 years you’d see it coming but NOPE.

hiking in yukon canada

21. Wearing a full on parka when it’s zero degrees in the fall, but a t-shirt when its zero degrees in the spring.

22. Knowing that within a week of getting your windshield replaced, someone will drive by and flick a rock at you.

23. Priding yourself on how many stickers you have on your health care card.

24. You would rather do anything than drive into Riverdale during rush hour (or rush “20 minutes”).

25. And finally, it’s THE Yukon, not Yukon.

Did you relate to at least some of these points? Let me know in the comments!

And if you aren’t from the Yukon, but are planning on visiting (so you can understand what the heck this post is talking about), CLICK HERE to get my free Ultimate Yukon Bucket List Printable.

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Kerry
    August 13, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I have never seen nor heard of that Qwanlin Mall video. I’m undecided if I should thank you for that or not 🙂

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      erynmacgillivray
      August 13, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      You are very welcome for showing you the wonder that is, the Qwanlin mall video.

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      Shirley
      August 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Loved it 😀

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    Nataschaa
    August 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    So awesome. I am glad to know everyone else also identifies the yukon as being beside Alaska…but in Canada…no one Gee seems to quite get the in Canada part. 🙂

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      erynmacgillivray
      August 14, 2018 at 8:05 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!! It’s funny hey? People know Canada is next to Alaska don’t they?

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    mgt
    August 14, 2018 at 2:00 am

    The photos at the top of your page make me SOO homesick. I lived in The Yukon for 16 years, and loved every minute of it, every season of the year. I lived in Watson Lake, and thought nothing of that 300-odd mile drive from there to Whitehorse — a 300 mile drive, with virtually nothing in between when we first moved there. Now, living in so-called “civilization”, I cringe at the traffic between Dawson Creek (where I now live) and Grande Prairie AB, 135 kms away.

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      erynmacgillivray
      August 14, 2018 at 8:06 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photos!! And yes I bet Grande Prairie is a big change from Watson Lake!

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    Karen Mahoney
    August 14, 2018 at 8:42 am

    So true !

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    Ruth
    August 14, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Your number one missed that out of the eight cars you probably know a couple of them ….and then know the reason they are heading for Whitehorse!!

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    Julia
    August 14, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Ya has anyone seen Tagish Elvis in the last few years?

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      erynmacgillivray
      August 14, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      After I wrote that point, I actually saw him in Tagish and he gave me a CD! So I guess he’s doing well!

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    Claire
    August 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Love this so much! <3 Made me laugh out loud and miss The Yukon.

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    Jody Henderson
    August 14, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    I grew up there and loved I miss it . The amazing fishing going to Atlin if I could find the right employment and make it worth while I would probably move back🙂❤️ The type of people that live in the north make it all worth while

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      erynmacgillivray
      August 15, 2018 at 8:03 am

      So true! And yes, fishing on the way to Atlin is still great! 🙂 Hopefully one day you’ll make it back up here!

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    Donna from the T&M!
    August 15, 2018 at 12:08 am

    As an Aussie who lived there for nearly 2 years 25 years ago – yes that’s 2 Winters! Bloody loved this post! I went up there to stay with a local Chick I met when she travelled to Melbourne and then ended up living there with my other Aussie mate and another 2 Aussie mates visited and one of them joined us and we all lived there for a time! Amazing people amazing place that holds some F the finest memories of my life – thanks for sharing Tanya @ Motherlode Jewellery 👍

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      erynmacgillivray
      August 15, 2018 at 8:02 am

      Wow! That’s so awesome! Well I’m glad you enjoyed the post and you’ll have to come back and visit someday soon!

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    Jane Wilkinson
    August 15, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I laughed so much reading this list. Thank you!

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    Pam Jackson
    August 18, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I lived in The Yukon in the 1970’s, and 12 of your points were real back then, as well! Sweet memories.

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    Christopher Lyons
    August 19, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I’m from Montreal. When I was a kid and teenager my father and I would go to the Yukon to camp and hike. As a 12 year old in 1978 it was paradise. I have fond memories of Mr Mike’s restaurant in Whitehorse (anyone remember the jingle “there’s more to like at Mr Mike’s “?), Hogan’s when it was still a department Store with a good restaurant, the Quanset hut Greyhound Bus depot, the neon clock at the one screen Yukon theatre, and so much more. Don’t even get me started on the wonder labd that was Dawson.

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      erynmacgillivray
      August 20, 2018 at 9:57 am

      Sounds like it was so awesome back then! I wish it had kept more of its small town charm! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

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    Paul Towns
    August 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    This is pretty much only specific to Whitehorse. Most of the things on this list dont apply to the rest of the yukon.

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      erynmacgillivray
      August 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      18/25 are about the Yukon as a whole, I think my odds are pretty good as I’ve only ever lived in Whitehorse 🙂 Thanks for the comment and for reading the post!

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    Bon
    August 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Such a great piece !! You really should do a part 2 for reasons such as only in the Yukon is Timmy’s iced cap a year round beverage but when we use Hanks name in a music reference nobody says “Hank who?” Loved and relate to every point after 30 years here !

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      erynmacgillivray
      September 12, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Thank you!! Yes I’m planning on doing a part 2 for sure 🙂

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