- Old friends are best. John Selden
Travel to Whitehorse, Yukon
Whitehorse is a lively territorial capital rich in music and arts set amid wilderness on the banks of the Yukon River and at the doorstep of Kluane National Park and Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step back to Klondike Gold Rush days aboard the S.S. Klondike sternwheeler and try gold-panning at the MacBride Museum. Face mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers at the Beringia Interpretive Centre. Experience vibrant, traditional Kwanlin Dun and Ta’an Kwach’an First Nations crafts and culture. Lose yourself in tales at one of the world's biggest storytelling festivals; meet colourful locals; cheer on huskies during the Yukon Quest, a 1,000-mile international dog-sled race. Just minutes from town you’re in the wild. Slip into steaming hot springs at Takhini, go rafting, paddling, biking or hiking. Use Whitehorse as a base for exploring the North on a Flightsee, while horseback riding and learning to mush dogs. Then bunk down in a nearby rustic cabin to watch the Aurora Borealis, Mother Nature’s light show, shimmy Technicolor curtains across the skies.
- Celebrate summer solstice by mountain biking, hiking, and dining on fresh Northern specialties under the midnight sun.
- Mush your own dog sled team beneath the Northern Lights and sleep in a yurt warmed by a cast-iron stove.
- Hop on a snowmobile and travel a powdery trail through boreal forest and sub-alpine terrain.
Nature & Wildlife
- Grab a paddle for a multi-day wilderness river canoeing trip and watch for moose and bald eagles.
- Watch the Aurora Borealis shimmer across the skies, then sleep in a wilderness prospector-style tent used by gold seekers and trappers.
- Count Dall sheep and grizzly bears in Kluane National Park and Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Go bush and raft down Glacier Alley through three wilderness parks, camping beneath soaring peaks en route.
- Whitehorse summers boast long days with balmy temperatues, averaging 22°C.
- During winter, days are short and the thermometer slides to -12°C. Snow is common from October through April.