Those visitors are inspiring, Weimer said. A couple became engaged on the trail. A 90-year-old woman completed it. A man carried his dying dog on the trail for a last big outing. A transplant patient climbed the dunes. A young boy who was on the trail put the new T-shirt over the one he was already wearing and hopped around the visitor center in his glee.
The latest numbers are in and show few surprises — the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on tourism in Yukon.
“There’s virtually no sector of tourism or segment of the tourism industry that hasn’t been impacted by COVID,” said Pierre Germain, director of tourism with the Yukon government.
“It’s decimated here in the territory, and is decimated across the country.”
A report released by the territorial government this week looks at visitation numbers for the first half of 2020, including how many people arrived by air or crossed the border into Yukon and stayed at least one night in the territory.
The data show just how bad things have been for local businesses. Comparing the new second-quarter (April to June) figures to those from