Despite the fact that the city of Whitehorse has a lot of steel structures and cemented pavements, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have anything exciting to offer. With a very serious ambiance due to high-rise buildings and humongous businesses built within its realms, Whitehorse also invested in numerous reasons as to why everyone should pay attention to paying them a visit.
Known as Yukon Territory’s capital city, you’d be delighted to know that Whitehorse does possess quality restaurants, a well-funded arts community and various places for you to stay after an exhausting day of roaming around.
With the epic Yukon River flowing by its outskirts, enjoying Whitehorse involves traversing mountain trails, bicycle paths and paying attention to the city’s relentless efforts in establishing it’s rich culture and deep-rooted heritage.
True enough, Whitehorse is worth every minute of your time, as you’d be submerged into a place where development ensues without a sound and nature thrives without a hassle.
Known to be Northern Canada’s largest city with a combined area of 3,400 square miles from the city itself to metropolitan area, Whitehorse is specifically located at the historic Mile 918.
Whitehorse is strategically surrounded with three famous mountains, namely Grey to the east, Haeckel Hill to the northwest and Golden Horn to the south. Currently, Whitehorse is Canada’s 79th largest city, which also denotes a near rectangular shape and leans towards the country’s northwest / southeast area.
Due to its colossal land area, Whitehorse’s territory is classified the same way as Yukon, which is under the subarctic type. The lowest temperatures can be observed in the months of December until February, which set an all-time record of -52.2 degrees Celsius.
Heat begins to emanate around Whitehorse when the months of May and June kick in and can even stretch as far as September. During its warmest months, the city averages a temperature of 33.2 degrees Celsius.
Every year, Whitehorse records an estimate of 10.33 inches of precipitation, with August and September being the rainiest months. The clearest month is dubbed to be June with almost 267 hours of sunshine to be expected.
If you’re coming in from a different part of Canada, the airport that you can rely on is the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, which has scheduled and chartered flights to equally famous Canadian cities such as Kelowna, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Old Crow and Fairbanks.
International flights to Alaska and Frankfurt are also said to be available at this aviation terminal. For now, Whitehorse doesn’t have any railway services, as the nearest stations available are the Yukon and White Pass stations, hundreds of kilometers away from the city center.
Despite the fact that Whitehorse is under the Yukon River bed and is accessible via the Bering Sea, there hasn’t been any known freight and ferry services that have disturbed the calm of the aforementioned body of water. Whitehorse Transit makes bus services available, with schedules on weekdays and Saturdays.
What to See
Originally built in 1937, the legendary SS Klondike made its final run via the Dawson River in 1955, and has been a place of interest for locals and visitors of Whitehorse ever since.
Today, this sternwheeler is carefully revamped and restored for tourists to admire, and is known to be one of Whitehorse’s landmarks as a national historic site.
A group of craftsmen and restorers put their best foot forward in ensuring that the SS Klondike would be able to get the care it deserved.
Located past the city’s hydroelectric plant to the south, go ‘salmon watching’ at the Whitehorse Fishway and be mesmerized by how abundant the wildlife of the Yukon River is.
Accessible via the infamous Millennium Trail, get into the Fishway and succumb to your inner child as you witness salmon swimming past the wooden fish ladder found in an area which is 366 meters in length and is the longest in the world.
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center
What’s a city without a museum? The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center serves it purpose in endorsing the arts and culture as seen in the olden days of Whitehorse.
See how the city thrived during the Ice Age and even set your eyes on a live skeleton of a giant ground sloth said to have existed on the place called Beringia.
Visitor Information Center