Yukon River Quest 2017 begins

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Today was the start of the 700-kilometre journey from Whitehorse to Dawson City: The Yukon River Quest.

Some people use canoes, some use kayaks and some even use stand-up paddle boards.

There are two enforced rest stops totalling 10 hours in all, but other than that it’s go-go-go for a few days. Some people sleep while others paddle and some nights people don’t sleep at all.

Aboriginal Day 2017

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This is the first year that Aboriginal Day is a statutory holiday in Yukon. This means government employees had the day off.

The celebration in Whitehorse included music, dancing, fish and bannock, and stories told around a campfire.

Firefighters respond in Whitehorse

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Here are some views of Yukon firefighters responding to a call. There are full-time firefighters in Whitehorse as well as volunteer departments in other communities.

Lynx crossing the road

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Driving to Atlin, BC, spotted this lynx on the Yukon side. A rare encounter.

 

 

Carcross desert

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Here is the Carcross desert looking like some exotic planet out of Star Wars: Ice and sand side by side.

Yukon Arctic Ultra: 690km on foot

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The Yukon Arctic Ultra follows the trail of the Yukon Quest from Whitehorse to Dawson.

This year 40 runners signed up for the journey of 690km in 13 days on foot!

Some people also use snow bikes or skis for shorter distances. What an event!

Yukon Quest 2017: And they’re off!

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The Yukon Quest kicked off this weekend, as mushers are making their way from Whitehorse Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska.

The race is a huge event for Whitehorse, with fans visiting from around the world.