The leading city and capital of the Yukon, Whitehorse will likely have a prominent role in your journey. The territory's two great highways, the Alaska and the Klondike, cross here; it's a hub for transport. You'll find all manner of outfitters and services for explorations across the territory. Most of its residents have government- related jobs, but they flee for the outdoors no matter what the season.
Utility aside, Whitehorse can delight. It has a well-funded arts community, good restaurants and a range of motels. Exploring the sights within earshot of the rushing Yukon River can easily take a day or more. Look past bland commercial buildings and you'll see a fair number of heritage ones awaiting your discovery.
Whitehorse has always been a transportation hub, first as a terminus for the White Pass & Yukon Route railway from Skagway in the early 1900s. During WWII it was a major center for work on the Alaska Hwy. In 1953, Whitehorse was made the capital of the territory, to the continuing regret of much smaller and isolated Dawson City.
Whitehorse destination guides
3-Day Northern Lights Tour in Whitehorse from Vancouver
Experience the beauty of land lit by the glow of the magnificent northern lights (aurora borealis) on this 3-day tour from Vancouver. From your rustic accommodations, witness the spectacular display of brilliant colors that often ropes across the night sky.
Whitehorse Guided Bike Tour
In the summertime, Whitehorse gets some 20 hours of sunlight, making it easy to take in the sights of Yukon’s capital at a relaxed pace. Hop on a bicycle in the morning or evening to cruise the paved Millennium Trail that takes you near the Yukon River and through town.