A WILDERNESS CITY
A capital city with character, color and contrast, Whitehorse rightly claims to have it all - a latte to start your day, wildlife viewing minutes from downtown, an afternoon rafting, fishing, mountain biking, or an evening on the town. Yukon's capital boasts all the services and amenities of a big city, yet maintains an endearing small-town personality. This is the perfect "jumping-off point" for your Yukon excursions.
Whitehorse, with a population of 22,000 has two golf courses, a hot springs, fine dining, great museums, luxury accommodations and great shopping for unique gifts, you never have to go without in Whitehorse.
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SS Klondike Nation Historic Site of Canada
Tour the largest sternwheeler to ever ply the Yukon River
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre
Voyage into the past when wooly mammoths and scimitar cats roamed the Beringia landscape during the Ice Age.
Yukon Transportation Museum
The Yukon's transportation legacy has been preserved at this fantastic and charming museum.
A beautiful log building with a sod roof hosts exhibits of early Whitehorse and more.
Witness the migration of Yukon River Chinook salmon at the longest wooden fish ladder in the world.
Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Observe woodland caribou, moose, elk, musk ox, mountain goats and Dall's sheep in their natural habitat.
Gold Rush Vaudeville
Enjoy humorous, lively gold rush entertainment by a variety of performers.
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During the rush to the Klondike in 1898, thousands of reckless adventurers battled ice, winds and churning rapids o their Yukon River voyage. The turbulent White Horse Rapids - so named because the boiling rapids resembled the flowing manes of white horses - took lives and destroyed boats. The site below the rapids had long been a fishing encampment of the Kwanlin Dun first Nation people, and the settlement eventually grew into Whitehorse. The city flourished once the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway was constructed from Skagway, Alaska.
Whitehorse became the capital of the Yukon in 1953, and the rapids were eliminated in 1958 with the construction of a hydroelectric dam. While the World War II aura still remains, today Whitehorse is a contemporary city with a variety of attractions and tourist services.
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