Cold Climes of the Yukon


Coming from NZ, it’s difficult to appreciate just how bleak the climate of the northern parts of Canada and Alaska must get. We’re here in the Yukon in their summer and yet fell the chill each time we walk out, even with one or two layers of Icebreaker on. Meanwhile the locals saunter around in shorts, tee shirts and sandals. But you only have to read some weather stats to appreciate that theirs’ is a ver different world.

On average the last frost in Whitehorse, Yukon’s capital city of 23,000 people, is June 8th. The first frost of the winter is August 15th. Then there’s the snow that lies on the ground here (and doesn’t leave!) for 7 months of the year.

As the picture shows, even the cars have got their own electric blankets. The plug in is to warm the oil so that come morning time and the daily commute, the engine doesn’t seize.

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