One day, the warm, shorts-and-dresses weather will be here and we can all emerge from our winter-chrysalis ready to throw down and get ready for another epic summer. And what could be more summery than a music festival? Here is an overview of the top summer music festivals in the Yukon.

Paradise Electronic Music Festival

Where: Marsh Lake, Yukon

When: July 27 to 29

“Come as you are” has never been truer at a music festival than at Paradise. Whether you want to rave in a onesie or dress in medieval clothing – there’s no judgement, just enjoyment. It’s aesthetically amazing (see “the good”) with so much intricate work on the stage and entire grounds design and an incredible vibe.

The good:

Hands-down the most amazing aesthetics I’ve ever seen. The whole venue was meticulously staged to make it truly unique. From random decorative chairs in the woods, fairy lights leading you to the venue, personalised signs for everything, a chillout zone built in a decrepit old cabin with comfy chairs, a stage specifically-made for the event that the volunteer team builds on each summer before the festival, it’s constantly growing…photos can’t do it justice, you need to see it for yourself.

For me, electronic music is the music I listen to, so it was great to hear it for a change in the Yukon.

The 40-minute trip from downtown to the venue makes this the closest music festival to Whitehorse.

There is a free shuttle bus from downtown Whitehorse to the venue and back, to reduce intoxicated driving.

It’s a “no glass” event, which means everyone can enjoy dancing barefoot on the dancefloor a.k.a the volcanic ash sand pit.

The bad:

Not much sleep; the festival stops at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. on both mornings and trying to sleep at the campground while the music is playing is virtually impossible.

Camping in general is the attack of the midgies! Be warned: Marsh Lake means marshes, and the bugs in the woods are prevalent.


Tips & Tricks

Short on Cash? Volunteer! It’s a great way to meet people, plus get some perks like a free ticket to the event.

Camper van – weather in the Yukon can change in an instant and whether you are trying to avoid the sun or lashing rain, having a bed in the back of your car will be a life-saver!

Solo Flyer? Don’t worry, most of my festival-going life I fly solo. It’s a great way to meet new people and gets you trying new things. So don’t fear it, embrace it!