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Whitehorse, Yukon

Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon.


Whitehorse has been the capital of the Yukon since 1953, and currently has a population of around 27,000. 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]

By plane[edit]

By car[edit]

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

By ferry[edit]

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.


Miles Canyon


  • Canada Games Centre. The main centre for indoor recreation activity in Whitehorse. Includes, among other things, a large aquatic centre and three skating rinks.
  • Frostbite Music Festival, +1 867 668-4921. A winter festival showcasing Canadian and Yukon musical acts since 1979. At its peak, this was a multi-stage event featuring well-known Canadian performers. The festival has fallen on economic hard times and was not held at all in 2014, 2015 or 2017. If the event takes place, it normally runs for one full weekend in mid-February.
  • 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.



  • Coasters Bar & Grill, 206 Jarvis St (downtown). A popular bar among young people. Coasters hosts many live music events.
  • Alpine Bakery, 411 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 Claim, 305 Strickland St (downtown). This café is more expensive, and well known for their chocolates and desserts.
  • Bent Spoon Café, 305 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.



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.



  • Chilkoot Trail Inn, 4190 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 Breakfast, 6188 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.
  • Best Western Gold Rush Inn, 411 Main St., +1 867-668-4500. Check-in: 3pm, check-out: 11am.


  • 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.


Go next[edit]

  • Alaska Direct Bus Line offers bus service to Alaska.
Routes through Whitehorse
Tok ← becomes Alaska 2 shield.svgAiga immigration.svg  W Yukon Highway 1.svg E  → Jct BC-37.svgWatson Lake
Dawson City ← Jct Robert Campbell Highway E  N Klondike Highway S  Aiga immigration.svg → becomes Alaska 98 shield.svgSkagway

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