Whitehorse

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Whitehorse, Yukon

Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon.

Understand[edit]

Whitehorse has been capital of the Yukon since 1953, and currently has a population of around 24,000. The city is located along the banks of the Yukon River, and due to it being in a rain shadow area, Whitehorse has the distinction of being Canada's driest city.

Get in[edit]

Whitehorse International Airport (IATA: YXY). Air North, "Yukon's Airline" [1], provides scheduled service to Whitehorse from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Dawson City, Inuvik, Old Crow and Fairbanks (seasonal).

Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek, British Columbia or Delta Junction, Alaska.

By ferry to Skagway, Alaska, then via the South Klondike Highway.

Get around[edit]

Whitehorse Transit operates city buses and there are taxis operating in town. The Trans-Canada Trail runs through the city, and there are some bike trails.

Cadence Cycles 508 Wood St, Tel:867-633-5600, operates a small rental fleet of mountain bikes for rental.

See[edit]

Miles Canyon
  • SS Klondike National Historic Site,
  • Miles Canyon,
  • McBride Museum,
  • Beringia Interpretive Centre,
  • Takhini Hot Springs,
  • Yukon Transportation Museum
  • Old Log Church,
  • Whitehorse Fishway,

Do[edit]

  • Canada Games Centre. The main centre for indoor recreation activity in Whitehorse. Includes, among other things, a large aquatic centre and three skating rinks.
  • Yukon International Storytelling Festival. A summer festival with storytellers from around the world. Workshops are also held during the festival.
  • Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club. A popular cross country skiing facility with 85 km of groomed trails. There is also a large indoor wax room, washrooms and changeroom facilities and saunas for getting toasty warm apres ski. Plus 20km of single track trails for mountain biking in summer.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Coasters Bar & Grill206 Jarvis St (downtown). A popular bar among young people. Coasters hosts many live music events.
  • Alpine Bakery411 Alexander St (downtown). This bakery and café offers excellent organic breads and other baked goods, hand-made chocolates, and fair trade coffee. A hot daily special and hearty soups are also offered during lunch time hours.
  • The Chocolate Claim305 Strickland St (downtown). This café is more expensive, and well known for their chocolates and desserts.
  • Spoon305 Main St (downtown, Hougen Centre). Serves coffee from beans locally roasted by Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters. Sandwiches, wraps, and pastries are also available.
  • Tokyo Sushi, 204B Main Street (downtown). This restaurant provides a reliable source of satisfactory Japanese food. It features a large menu, average prices, friendly staff, and ample Japanese pop music.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Accommodation in Whitehorse ranges from hostels to B&Bs, to motels and quality hotels. They tend to get full quick so advance bookings are recommended during summer.

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Chilkoot Trail Inn4190 4th Ave +1 867 668-4190. Not the best place in town and Wifi is poached from somewhere else (but its there), but rooms are spacious and have kitchenette and TV. Prices are negotiable and start around $70 for a double and a bit less for a single (including tax).
  • Midnight Sun Inn Bed and Breakfast6188 6th Ave (Corner of 6th Ave. & Cook St.),  +1 867 667-2255, toll-free: +1-866-284-4448. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Each of the four theme rooms has a private bathroom, hairdryers, telephone, TV, Internet access and work desk. One of the highlights of the facility is the large lounge area with a full kitchen, laundry and a 32” TV. It is near the scenic clay cliffs, which have hiking and walking trails. $119-$140 (June - early Sept), $10-$25 cheaper at other times.

Luxury[edit]

  • Inn On The Lake +1 867 660-5253. As featured on Martha Stewart Living and recently listed by National Geographic Traveller as Top 150 places to stay for 2009, this lodge located 35 minutes by car from Whitehorse , Yukon is the top rated accommodation and conference centre in the Yukon. $180 and up.

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

Alaska Direct Bus Line offers bus service to Alaska.

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