Historic Carcross, Yukon Discovered By British Royalty
Historic Carcross, Yukon
Discovered By British Royalty
Where can you find historic log cabins still inhabited, a snow covered mountain range and a smattering of British royalty? To clarify, royalty occasionally, at least.
Carcross, Yukon has had all three in the past month, and always has more.
British royalty visited western Canada in the fall of 2016 and one stop you may have missed is Carcross, Yukon. Last census 289. These royal visits usually raise queries from what all of the fuss is about to how to get to the front of the line for a glimpse to who gets the honour of their presence. So how did Carcross, Yukon get on the royal agenda?
The tiny hamlet has geographical, historical, nostalgic, local and international appeal, all wrapped up in dirt streets, weather worn homes, goldrush archivals and latte cafes. And well, there is always the wildlife. The original name, Caribou Crossing, gives a clue, and where there are caribou, grizzlies and blacks and squirrels and chips hang out too. All of this is wrapped in a drop dead vista, usually shimmering in blues and gold in autumn.
Mining history buffs, come on up. Northern visitors, wander the streets and settle in. Royalty, get your feet dusty. Beachcombers, head to the beach just off main street. And if you like the desert, Carcross has one of those too. It is not so much the quaint, clapboard homesteads decorated with local survival contraptions. Gold mining lore, boom and bust, fortunes chased and hopes dashed and modern survivors. Carcross can claim, a lived in, living up north village besides the history and the beauty. Humanity’s best and worst encapsulated. It is not every place that can brag the misfortunes of former visitors, however temporary, survive and make it worthy of a royal agenda list. Don’t forget warm outerwear, it can be cold up north these days.
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