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Introducing Whitehorse

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.