Learn about the Different Symbols of Yukon's Coat of Arms
The coat of arms of Yukon was commissioned in the early 1950s by the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. The well-known heraldry expert Alan Beddoe was tasked with designing the coat of arms, and Queen Elizabeth II officially approved it in 1956. The two red peaks at the bottom of the shield represent Yukon's mountains. The two gold disks in each mountain represent the province's mineral resources and its birth during the Klondike Gold Rush; the disks are called "bezants", a medieval gold coin. The two white squiggly lines in between the two mountains symbolize the rivers of Yukon. Above the mountains and rivers is the red Cross of St. George, which represents England. The circle in the middle of the cross is a blue and white pattern known as "vair". This regular pattern symbolizes actual fur (in this case, squirrel fur). It represents the territory's plethora of fur-bearing animals. The crest on top is an Alaskan malamute dog standing on a pile of snow. The flag of Yukon depicts this same coat of arms.
Fun Facts about this Pristine Outdoor Destination
The Yukon is rapidly becoming a "bucket list" destination for many travelers due to its awe-inspiring and breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities. Yukon actually means "Great River" in the Athapaskan language. This references the Yukon River, which is 3,600 kilometers long. The Yukon itself is 483,450 square kilometers, which is larger than the state of California, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands combined! However, the population is a mere 31,881. There might not be a lot of people, but there sure is a lot of wildlife - the Yukon is home to 185,000 caribou, 50,000 moose, 10,000 grizzly bears and 25,000 mountain sheep!