What To Do In Whitehorse

A popular reason for visiting Whitehorse is to take a Northern Lights tour, but there is so much more the ‘Wilderness City’ has to offer. It may come as a surprise to visitors but the capital of the Yukon Territories has an abundant art scene, mostly focused on visual arts.

Outside in the City

Miles Canyon
Take the suspension bridge over the rushing river and find a trail to explore on the other side.

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Bridge on Miles Canyon River
Photo By Aconcagua (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Miles Canyon, Whitehorse
Photo by Mike Colvin from Manchester, UK (Whitehorse, YT) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Park your RV at the entrance of the property and enter the reception building. Here you will be familiarized with the preserve. Try to visit around feeding times as then you will have better chances of seeing the animals. The animals here are caribou, Canadian Lynx, mountain goats, elk, Alaska Yukon moose, mule deer, muskoxen, arctic foxes, wood bison and thin-horn sheep. You can partake in a bus tour or walk a 5 km trail on foot.

Emerald Lake

Usually to see a glacier-fed emerald & turqoise coloured lake one must hike up a mountain. However, the pullout to see this lake is just on the side of the main road and it is big enough even for RV’s which makes seeing this natural beauty easy.

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Emerald Lake Panoramic
By AtmanDave (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Attractions & Entertainment

Takhini Hot Springs
Natural Hot Springs that are directed into a pool. This is a commercial business. On the site there is also a café restaurant, and camping opportunities. If you want to make a day of it stop at Beans North, a local coffee roaster, on your way to the springs.

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By Andrewumbrich (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

North End Gallery
Immerse yourself in local art such as paintings, carvings, pottery and jewellery. If you are looking for a special gift for someone, this is the place!

Whitehorse Fishway
Whitehorse was named such because of the huge rapids that used to be on the Yukon River. The rapids are not as fierce as they used to be due to a damn that has intercepted the river currents. The Fishway is a way of helping the fish bypass the damn. Visit the interpretative centre for the Fishway where there is an underwater window for viewing the salmon run.

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Photo courtesy of : Mel via nevertherighttime.com

Others:

Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
Yukon Brewing Company
MacBride Museum
SS Klondike
Yukon Transportation Museum
Old Log Church Museum

RV Campgrounds near here

The Caribou RV Park
Hi Country RV Park
Pioneer RV Park & Campground

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Yukon Festivals

The Yukon territory in Canada is the ideal place to pick-up your RV if you are planning a road trip to Canada’s arctic circle, Alaska, the other Canadian territories or south to Vancouver through BC. Through the Yukon there are 11 major routes on maintained highways to travel.

The scarcely populated territory is known for river rafting, salmon fishing, canoe expeditions, dog-sledding, hiking, and other outdoor adventures! The Yukon’s pristine and breathtaking nature includes Mount Logan, North America’s second tallest mountain. First Nations contemporary culture has a strong influence over the Yukon. Whitehorse, Yukon’s Capital, acts as a cultural hub. This is where you can pick-up or drop-off your RV Rental in the Yukon territory. RV pick-up/drop-off nearby to Whitehorse, Yukon airport (YXY).

Tip: When travelling long distances, make sure you have enough fuel by carrying a Jerry can with you.

Many of Yukon’s festivals are held in February and were started to reduce the winter-blues. Here are just a few of the most loved festivals in the Yukon Territories.

 

Yukon Annual Festival’s and Events

Adaka Cultural Festival
The ACF is Hosted at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse. It usually takes place at the end of June to the beginning of July. Come and celebrate the local First Nations art, culture, and maybe learn a thing or two!

Available Light Film Festival
The ALFF Showcases Canada’s talent in on-screen productions as well as promoting film in northern Canada. To attend ALFF, be in Whitehorse early-mid February.

Atlin Arts and Music Fest
The Atlin Arts and Music Fest takes place in mid to late July. There is local music, art and films to experience.

Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race
An annual dog sled taking place in February between Fairbanks Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon.
Visit their website to find out the best viewpoints.

Frostbite Music Festival
Come dance in the dead of winter to local and international musicians! What makes this 3-day music festival so special is that it originally came into existence purely to promote community spirit.

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Festival
Activities are held to help locals get out and about in the winter time. Learn more here: www.yukonrendezvous.com

What better way to get the feel for a place than attending a festival where you can interact with locals, absorb history, be inspired by cultural stories, and have lots of fun!

Happy Travels!