Y is for the Yukon Territory

Sergeant Preston

YukonSurely, my early understanding of the Yukon in Canada came from watching Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, the 1955-1958 primetime television program on CBS. I probably saw it as a Saturday rerun.

Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh explained that Preston “cut a splendid figure in his smart red uniform (even in black-and-white!), his broad-brimmed hat, and his pencil-thin mustache.” The Mountie was played by Dick Simmons.

I gathered that the territory was much like the Old West, except colder. It was “where thieves and scoundrels preyed upon the gold miners and settlers who had come to open the wilderness.”

As Brittanica notes, it is “an area of rugged mountains and high plateaus. It is bounded by the Northwest Territories to the east, by British Columbia to the south, and by the U.S. state of Alaska to the west, and it extends northward above the Arctic Circle to the Beaufort Sea.”


I was looking at the tourism page Travel Yukon. “Rich living-history, stunningly unique geography and more epic scenes than a Hollywood blockbuster.” One could, if one were not me, go on the Yukon Arctic Ultra. It 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).” In northern Canada.

The BreakOut West Showcase Festival is more my speed. Music! It “features a multi-genre line-up of over 50 of western Canada’s best emerging and established artists showcasing at multiple venues throughout the host city.” In October 2019, it was in Yellowknife. The event appears to rotate among the western provinces and territories.

From the Wikipedia: “Yukon was split from the Northwest Territories in 1898 and was originally named the Yukon Territory. The federal government’s Yukon Act, which received royal assent on March 27, 2002, established Yukon as the territory’s official name, though Yukon Territory is also still popular in usage and Canada Post continues to use the territory’s internationally approved postal abbreviation of YT. Though officially bilingual (English and French), the government also recognizes First Nations languages.”

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