It's no secret that meetings and conferences can become boring yawnfests. So, if you really want to inspire the troops, why not think outside the box, why not think about the Yukon. Canada's northern wonderland is much more accessible than you think and combines both full-service facilities with out of this world scenery and experiences.
Both Vancouver and Calgary are less than three hour flights from Whitehorse and there are twice daily flights to Vancouver on Air North as well as regularly scheduled flights from Calgary and Edmonton. Other airlines flying to the Yukon include Air Canada, WestJet and Condor. (Even better, the Whitehorse airport is just five minutes from the hotels in the downtown section of the city.)
There are over 800 hotel rooms in Whitehorse to choose from (there is no PST charged on the rooms) and a number of good sized meeting venues including the terrific Kwanlin Dun First Nations Cultural Centre which opened in June of 2012. Haines Junction and Dawson City as well as a variety of wilderness resorts also have the facilities to host smaller sized meetings and special events. (The Yukon is no stranger to welcoming conference goers from other parts of the country. Over the last few years, the Territory has hosted a number of high profile events including the Canada Winter Games and Hockey Day in Canada. And this year alone, it has welcomed the Canadian Museums Association, Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and the Assembly of First Nations.)
But of course, what makes the Yukon the place to be is all of the activities available outside of the meeting rooms. There are rail tours on the White Pass and Yukon Route, tours by dog sled and horseback, trips in helicopters and float planes, kayaking and canoeing down the mighty Yukon River - it rolls all the way to the Bering Sea and up close and personal experiences with the local arts and culture groups. Experience the rush indeed.
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