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Southern Lakes Resort: A Sensational Winter Vacation Destination

by | Mar 13, 2024

Nestled in the embrace of Canada’s majestic landscapes, Southern Lakes Resort stands as a beacon of tranquility and adventure throughout the year. While it blooms with vibrant life and lush sensory journeys in the summer, the resort truly comes into its own as the colder months unfold. The magic of winter transforms this haven into an enchanting snowy paradise, becoming a serene world apart from the lively tapestry of the warmer months. Celebrated for its vibrant embrace of diversity and inclusivity, the resort extends a warm welcome to all, particularly to the LGBTQ community, ensuring a space where every guest can find solace and joy in the beauty of nature’s extremes.

Cozy log cabins on a snowy day at Southern Lakes Resort, near Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory.

As the lush vibrancy of summer fades into the rearview, Southern Lakes Resort beckons adventurers and peace-seekers alike to immerse themselves in the unique charms of winter. Let us take you on a journey through this wonderland, where each activity is thoughtfully designed to engage your senses, connecting you with the raw, spectacular beauty of the wilderness in winter.

Tagish Lake, near Whitehorse in the Yukon, on a winter day

Rev Your Engines for a Guided Snowmobile Tour

Embark on an epic winter adventure at Southern Lakes Resort with a thrilling two-hour guided snowmobile tour. Set against the stunning backdrop of Tagish Lake and the snow-clad forests, this exhilarating journey promises an unforgettable experience for adventurers of all levels. As you rev your snowmobile and zoom across Tagish Lake, you’re surrounded by the tranquil beauty of winter, each moment is filled with pure excitement.

A group of friends riding on a guided snowmobile tour on Tagish Lake at Southern Lakes Resort.

The highlight of the tour awaits as you ascend through the snowy forests to reach a breathtaking scenic lookout point. From this vantage, behold the majestic mountains towering in the distance, while below, the frozen Tagish Lake sparkles under the winter sun. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a first-time explorer, these guided snowmobile tours offer a perfect blend of fun, thrill, and awe-inspiring sights, making it a quintessential Canadian winter adventure that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

A two-hour guided snowmobile tour through the woods at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

Ice Skating: The Frozen Beauty of Tagish Lake

Experience the quintessential Canadian winter activity of ice skating. Gliding across the frozen surface of the lake is not just a pastime but a cherished tradition that embodies the spirit of winter in Canada. Whether it’s a casual skate or a spirited game of hockey, it is the perfect setting for your icy adventures.

The ice skating rink on Tagish Lake at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

Southern Lakes Resort ensures that guests have everything they need for a memorable skating experience. Ice skates are available for rent, allowing you to lace up and hit the ice. For hockey enthusiasts, you can join the staff on Saturday evening for a friendly game on the rink, adding an extra layer of excitement to your stay.

Playing hockey on a frozen lake durin the winter at Southern Lakes Resort.

As the sun sets and the stars emerge, the ice rink transforms into a magical setting for evening skating. Illuminated by soft lighting and accompanied by the warmth of a crackling firepit, the ambiance becomes enchanting, inviting you to glide under the night sky and create timeless memories. 

An ice skating rink on Tagish Lake at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

Whether you’re a seasoned skater or trying it for the first time, ice skating at Southern Lakes Resort is a delightful winter activity that captures the essence of Canadian winter charm.

Snowshoeing: A Winter Adventure

Explore the winter wonderland surrounding Southern Lakes Resort with a captivating snowshoeing adventure through the enchanting forests. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the snowy landscape as you trek through pristine trails, surrounded by the hush of the winter forest. With snowshoes available for rent, guests can easily strap on these versatile tools and embark on a journey that allows for a deeper connection with nature.

The scenic lookout view of Tagish Lake from high above Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

Whether you’re a seasoned snowshoer or new to this exhilarating activity, the scenic trails offer a perfect blend of exploration and tranquility, making each step a moment of discovery amidst the picturesque winter scenery of Southern Lakes Resort.

Stargazing Nights and the Aurora Borealis

The clear, cold nights of winter at Southern Lakes Resort open up the heavens in ways that summer simply cannot match. The stargazing nights are transformed by the possibility of witnessing the Aurora Borealis, nature’s own spectacular light show. This visual masterpiece adds a profound layer of awe to the winter experience, as the northern lights dance across the sky in a display of ethereal beauty. The tactile chill of the night air and the enveloping silence of the wilderness enhance this auditory experience, creating a moment of sublime connection with the cosmos that is both humbling and exhilarating.

Stargazing at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

Embracing Winter’s Quiet Beauty

Southern Lakes Resort is not merely a summer retreat; it is a winter wonderland that invites you to explore the wonders of nature in a new light engaging all five senses in a unique and unforgettable way. With its commitment to inclusivity, warmth, and unparalleled natural beauty, the resort stands as a sanctuary throughout the seasons, offering peace, adventure, and a deep connection with the natural world.

Cozy log cabins on a snowy day at Southern Lakes Resort, near Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory.

Winter at the resort is a time for reflection, for exhilarating activities, and for cozy moments of relaxation by the fire. It’s a season that promises not just the thrill of daytime adventures but also the quiet, contemplative beauty of snow-covered landscapes under the starlit sky. This is a place where the silence of falling snow, the crispness of the air, and the unique clarity of winter light combine to create an atmosphere of serene beauty and tranquility.

Enjoying the tranquil sounds of a winter evening at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

Winter Culinary Delights

Experience a culinary journey at Southern Lakes Resort’s restaurant, where every meal is a delightful treat for your taste buds. Whether you’re fueling up for a day of winter adventures with a hearty buffet breakfast or grabbing a delicious to-go meal to enjoy amidst the snowy landscapes, their on-site restaurant is open throughout the day. 

The main lodge on a quiet winter night at Southern Lakes Resort.

Indulge in a variety of dishes made in-house, ensuring freshness and quality in every bite. Enhance your dining experience with a selection of wines, spirits, and craft beers, perfect after your day of adventure. 

In the evenings, immerse yourself in a culinary exploration with the rotating pre-set dinner menus, each evening offering a new and exciting selection of flavors to savor. 

From breakfast to dinner, Southern Lakes Resort’s restaurant is a haven for food enthusiasts seeking a memorable dining experience amidst the beauty of winter.

Cozy Accommodations: A Winter Retreat

Immerse yourself in the ultimate cozy retreat at Southern Lakes Resort, where the beautiful new cabins redefine the essence of relaxation and comfort. 

Cozy log cabins on a snowy day at Southern Lakes Resort, near Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory.

Picture yourself nestled in a dream log cabin getaway, surrounded by the serene beauty of nature and overlooking the tranquil waters of Tagish Lake. 

A wintetr afternonon, inside a cozy, private cabin at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

Step into your cabin to discover a haven of warmth and coziness, with queen-size beds adorned with soft linens and pillows that invite you to unwind and sink into blissful relaxation. The thoughtful details continue with heated floors in the bathroom, ensuring every step is met with comfort during your stay.

A wintetr afternonon, inside a cozy, private cabin at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

Wake up to breathtaking views as you stand on the cabin deck, basking in the golden hues of the morning sun rising over the horizon. In the evening, let the starlit sky enchant you as you watch the stars twinkle and perhaps catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing northern lights dancing across the heavens. 

A wintetr afternonon, inside a cozy, private cabin at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

The cozy cabins at Southern Lakes Resort offer more than just accommodation; they provide a sanctuary where you can reconnect with nature, rejuvenate your spirit, and create cherished memories of a truly magical getaway.

Cozy log cabins on a snowy day at Southern Lakes Resort, near Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory.

A Sanctuary for All Seasons

Southern Lakes Resort’s appeal is timeless, offering a stunning natural setting and a welcoming atmosphere that makes it the perfect escape for everyone, including the LGBTQ community. The resort’s ethos of inclusivity ensures that every guest feels at home, cherished, and valued, no matter the season. Whether basking in the summer sun or wrapped in the cozy embrace of winter, there is always a place for you here, where peace, adventure, and a deep connection with nature await.

A private log cabin on a winter afternoon at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

The Promise of Winter’s Unique Offerings

In the winter, the resort transforms, encouraging visitors to discover the joy of this season’s unique offerings. From the tranquility of snowshoeing through the silent woods to the racing across the lake on a snowmobile, and the awe-inspiring spectacle of the northern lights, there is something for everyone. The resort invites you to experience the landscape anew, to find delight in the different sensory experiences each season brings, and to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Snowmobiling on Tagish Lake at Southern Lakes Resort in the Yukon.

Book Your Winter Getaway

Southern Lakes Resort stands as a testament to the enduring beauty of nature and the importance of inclusivity and diversity. It offers a sanctuary where the quiet beauty of winter can be fully embraced, where each visit becomes a deeply personal exploration of nature’s wonders. Here, you’re invited to engage all senses in the celebration of life’s simple pleasures, against the breathtaking backdrop of Canada’s winter landscape.

Cozy log cabins on a snowy day at Southern Lakes Resort, near Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory.

This winter, let Southern Lakes Resort become your retreat, a place where memories are made, connections are deepened, and the beauty of nature is cherished in all its seasonal forms. Book your stay today and experience the enchanting winter at Southern Lakes Resort, where the magic of the season awaits to unfold before your eyes.

Cozy log cabins on a snowy day at Southern Lakes Resort, near Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory.

Make this experience a reality and book your stay at Southern Lakes Resort.

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A bison on a winter day at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

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HomoCulture founder, Brian Webb, waves a HomoCulture flag while standing on a snowmobile with the Yukon wilderness in the background.

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb


Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award.An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content.Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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