Welcome to Whitehorse
The capital city of the Yukon Territory (since 1953, to the continuing regret of much smaller and isolated Dawson City), 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 transportation (it was a terminus for the White Pass & Yukon Route railway from Skagway in the early 1900s, and during WWII was a major... Read More
Top experiences in Whitehorse
Alaskan Heritage Tour in Fairbanks
After pickup from your Fairbanks hotel, your guide will take you to the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center, located on the banks of the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks. Named after an Alaska native and political leader, this community center celebrates native Alaskan culture and natural history through interesting exhibits, indigenous art and tools and life-sized panoramas depicting Alaska’s wildlife and landscapes throughout the seasons. After about an hour here, head to University of Alaska Museum of the North, whose immersive exhibits tell the story of Alaska’s natural, artistic and cultural heritage. Spend two hours exploring the botanical, geological, zoological and cultural collections to gain an understanding of the past, present and future issues unique to this northern region.Next, stop by the Yukon Quest Log Cabin, which houses the Alaskan headquarters of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a grueling 1,000-mile (1,609-km) race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. Browse dog-mushing memorabilia and purchase any souvenirs from their store to take home with you.Your guide will then take you to Pioneer Park, a 44-acre (109-hectare) park located along the Chena River that was opened in 1967 to celebrate the centennial of the Alaska Purchase. This park features many museums and attractions that commemorate early Alaskan history, such as Gold Rush Town, comprised of 35 restored buildings from the Gold Rush era; the SS Nenana, the world's second-longest wooden-hulled ship that carried passengers and cargo along the Chena River in the mid 1900s; and the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, featuring the oldest working steam locomotive in Alaska. After this fascinating Alaskan cultural and historical experience, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
Arctic Day: Evening Aurora Viewing
A chemical light reaction caused when solar energy interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere, producing dramatic, dancing waves of green light from one horizon to another. The Northern Lights have captivated viewers since the beginning of time, as evidence by the many Yukon First Nation legends they’ve inspired.Enjoy a Aurora viewing tour at a custom built Aurora viewing location, far from the lights of the city, so you can experience the Northern Lights for yourself – and create your own legends.
Arctic Day: Yukon Wildlife and Hot Springs Tour
After pickup from your Whitehorse hotel, visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve to view and photography native wildlife. Dall sheep, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, wapiti (elk), woodland caribou, wood bison, musk-ox, moose and even lynx can all seen on this tour, usually up close! Then travel to the nearby Takhini Hot Springs for a dip in the outdoor hot springs pool, a warm sanctuary amid the cold weather and a must-do activity while visiting Whitehorse. After your tour, you'll be taken back to your hotel.
4-Day Yukon's Best Value Aurora Viewing Tour
Day 1: Arrival Whitehorse: Transfer to your hotel located in the heart of the city, not far from the banks of the Yukon River. Whitehorse is small and easy to explore on foot or by vehicle. Later in the evening we set out to the AuroraCentre where we’ll seek the sight of northern lights. Overnight Hotel in Whitehorse.Day 2: Northern Lights Viewing at the Aurora Centre: In the late morning you will discover the sights of Whitehorse, historic and yet trendy, on a city tour with character. Visit the SS Klondike National Historic Site; among the last of the great paddle wheelers that plied the Yukon River system until the 1950’s, the Old Log Church; the oldest building in Whitehorse, the unique Log Cabin Skyscraper; a three story tower made completely out of logs. And when you’ve seen all these top sites, Main Street is perfect for strolling and shopping with its shops galleries and café’s. Afternoon is free for optional sightseeing and touring.You have the option to try dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or ice fishing. After a relaxed dinner in Whitehorse, you’ll be back on the road again. Relax in sheltered comfort, or under the starry sky beside a warm fire at one of our tailor-made aurora viewing locations. Overnight Hotel in Whitehorse.Day 3: Northern Lights Viewing at the Aurora Centre: Day free for optional sightseeing and touring. Try one of the many Yukon winter activities. You’ll get the chance to experience Jack London’s Yukon while experiencing the region’s most popular sport, dog sledding! After a detailed safety briefing and hooking up the dogs, you’ll soon be on your way along the shores of a frozen alpine lake, surrounded by snowy mountains. Buck and White Fang will spring to mind as you feel the power and endurance of the loveable Alaskan huskies, with their steamy breath curling above their ears and the hiss of the sled whisking over the trail. Later in the evening we set out once more to the AuroraCentre where we’ll seek the sight of northern lights. Overnight Hotel in WhitehorseDay 4: Departure Whitehorse: Day free for optional sightseeing and touring. Today, you might appreciate the opportunity to experience the Yukon at a more relaxing pace. Visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for close views of many of the Yukon’s large mammal species including elk, moose, mule deer, caribou, Dall’s sheep, mountain goats, bison and even the musk-ox of the high Arctic, all in their natural surroundings. Not far from the preserve is Takhini Hotsprings where you can indulge yourself in the natural hotsprings and relax in a breathtaking winter mountain setting. Or, to cap of your eventful stay in the Yukon, take a 20 minute flightseeing tour and soar above the spectacular winter scenery while reflecting on your memorable stay in one of Canada’s most stunning locations. Transfer to the airport, check in for your southbound flight
Arctic Day: Hiking Tour Half or Full Day
On this tour you will get to see some of the most breathtaking views of the Yukon’s landscape and scenery. Hike a well-established trail up to a mountain side overlooking one of the most scenic alpine lakes in the Yukon. The panoramic views let you enjoy the vast open space of the Yukon. After a lunch stop, you'll make your way back to town.Half-day tour includes hiking around Miles Canyon. Full-day includes hiking at Fish Lake.
5-Day Active Winter Adventure in Yukon
ItineraryDay 1: Saturday, Arrival WhitehorseFrom the airport, your guide will drive you to your hotel located in the centre of Whitehorse. In the evening, enjoy a dinner with other group members. Overnight hotel in Whitehorse.Day 2: Sunday, Hot Springs, Wildlife and a Birds-Eye-ViewStart the day with a sightseeing flight above the spectacular winter scenery on a 20-minute sightseeing flight. During the flight, you can enjoy the Yukon winter from an angle only few people ever will. After returning to Whitehorse, discover the history of the north on a city-sightseeing tour. Whitehorse has a lot to offer and is home to famous sights like the historic Paddlewheeler SS Klondike or a “Skyscraper” completely made out of logs. Later, head to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve where you can see up-close inhabitant game like elk, moose, caribou, mountain goats and porcupines in their natural surrounding. Not far from here, you will visit the Takhini Hotsprings and indulge yourself in the natural hot waters while relaxing in a breathtaking winter mountain setting. Overnight hotel in Whitehorse.Day 3: Monday, On fast tracks through the snow and northern lightsAfter breakfast, drive into the mountains close by Whitehorse. After a detailed safety introduction, step on your snowmobile. At an enjoyable speed, pass through the memorable winter scenery of the Yukon and soak up the view of snow covered mountains and lakes with thick layers of ice. With a snowmobile, the journey can be an exhilarating ride up and down magnificent mountains or a relaxing tour through the forest and down historic trails. Later in the evening, set out to the AuroraCentre where you’ll seek the sight of the northern lights. Overnight hotel in Whitehorse.Day 4: Tuesday, The Huskies are waiting for usToday, you’ll learn the old tradition of mushing (dog sledding). After a detailed safety briefing, get introduced to the art of dog sledding and soon you'll be on your way along the frozen winter trails. Feel the power and endurance of the dogs, listen to their breaths and feel the creaking snow under the runners. This is a very unique experience! After the dog sledding trip, reward yourself with a beer from the famous Yukon Brewery at one of the downtown restaurants. Overnight hotel in Whitehorse.Day 5: Wednesday, Whitehorse DepartureTransfer to the airport.