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With just 32,000 residents spread out over 483,450 square kilometres, the Yukon is a dream for anyone seeking peace, quiet and some of the country’s most gorgeous wilderness. And while its capital, Whitehorse, has a population of 24,000 people — considered small by “southern” standards — it offers all the big-city amenities you need (namely, espresso, good food and craft beer) with access to the great outdoors from downtown. Yes, that’s right, from downtown.

With a less-than-three-hour flight from Vancouver or Calgary, Whitehorse is easy to get to and easy to explore. So, what are you waiting for? Here are 22 reasons to check it out now.