Whitehorse

Overview

Get ready to experience Yukon's brightest gem – Whitehorse. Whether you call it the land of the midnight sun or the home of the northern lights, Whitehorse is a Canadian treasure.

Ready for a true adventure? Try a two-hour, narrated cruise through the historic Miles Canyon as you explore the Klondike gold fields of 1898. Yukon River tours, which depart from the waterfront in downtown Whitehorse, offer breathtaking views and great service. Guided nature walks, hosted by the Yukon Conservation Society, are offered free of charge and cover some of the most beautiful areas of Whitehorse's landscape. If you're travelling during the summer, a hike through Wolf Creek Trail even offers camping. Fishing, biking, canoeing, kayaking and horseback riding adventures are available throughout the area and operate between May and September, when the weather allows for all-day fun.

Whitehorse's historical attractions include Shipyards Park, which plays hosts to music festivals and the Fireweed Market. Stop by and see the log skyscraper – exactly what it sounds like – a tall building built in the 1940s to rent as officers' quarters for the armed forces. No visit is complete without a visit to White Pass Station, possibly the most scenic railway in the world. Ride the rails on the trolley that runs along the waterfront.

Of course, people from all over the world come to Whitehorse to view the Aurora Borealis at night. Locally called the "northern lights," this phenomenon is experienced in its true majesty as the suns goes down and the sky lights up in flashes of green, blue and red.

Winter sports await you as the snow begins to fall. The area offers snowmobiling, ice climbing, ice fishing, skiing and snowshoeing in a panoramic landscape like no other. Create a one-of-a-kind memory with a dog mushing excursion, as you move along the Yukon River on a sled pulled by a team of veteran sled dogs.

Residents of Whitehorse are ready to welcome guests to their thriving community. Whether you enjoy one of the area's B&Bs or its charming, locally-owned stores, you'll see the best of the Yukon on full display.

Whitehorse is a fantastic destination for:

  • outdoor adventure

Airport served by: YXY

Destination basics

In the winter months, from November to March, Whitehorse is cold. While the temperature can dip quite low, it's a dry cold which is quite tolerable. By dressing in layers, winter sports can be enjoyable and you'll find the crisp air invigorating. The summer brings comfortable temperatures that complement a day on the water or a hike through the area's many trails. The area gets warmer than you might think – July averages a temperature of 20 C (68 F) during the day.

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