Whitehorse - Yukon Territory

Whitehorse, Yukon, is a small city where history and culture come alive. Located on the banks of the Yukon River, just over two hours away by plane from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, Whitehorse was a key location in the gold rush of the late 1800s and is still central to the territory’s culture and life. Rivers were essential to the search for gold, and visitors can still see and visit the SS Klondike, a sternwheeler boat that ferried passengers along the scenic and historic route prospectors and writers traveled. The land that inspired poet Robert Service and novelist Jack London can continue to excite modern visitors.

Festivals and special events are a central part of the culture of Whitehorse. From February’s annual Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks, Alaska, to the Solstice Celebrations in June, activities are sure to please all visitors. Whatever the activity, Whitehorse has unique ways of celebrating the area’s culture and drawing visitors in with its energy.

Outdoor activities abound in Whitehorse. During the long summer days, there are historical walking tours, wildlife tours, hiking, canoeing, and more. The wooden fish ladder on the Whitehorse Fishway is a good place to see nature at work, while hot springs and interpretive centres provide relaxation and information. In the winter, hundreds of kilometers of ski and snowshoeing trails surround the city. From log buildings to museums to arts and cultural centers surrounded by nature, Whitehorse has everything a visitor could need for a fascinating visit to one of Canada’s northernmost cities.

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