Surrounded by Canada’s tallest peaks, this vast territory is home to small communities with big personality and breathtaking views. Though it attracted many over the years – especially those in search of gold – it also became the muse of well-known artists like Robert William Service, a British-Canadian poet. Known as the “Bard of the Yukon,” Service was recognized for his many poems about the Yukon and surrounding lands.
In The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses, he wrote:
There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting;
It’s luring me on as of old;
Yet it isn’t the gold that I’m wanting
So much as just finding the gold.
It’s the great, big, broad land ’way up yonder,
It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.
Service captured the essence of what it means to experience the Yukon beyond the goldrush of the late 1800s. He emphasizes that treasure isn’t the gold itself – it’s the beauty found in the journey. As the only cruise line to offer its own cruisetour to this dream destination by way of an Alaska cruise, Holland America Line helps you experience the Yukon journey in unforgettable ways.