Nicknamed the Wilderness City, Whitehorse in Canada’s Yukon Territory has a special allure all its own. Located along the banks of the Yukon River and surrounded by mountains, Whitehorse is a destination that offers something for every kind of traveler. Whether you’re looking for a fun family destination, a peek into Whitehorse’s history, an adventure into the great outdoors or just a girls’ getaway, Whitehorse is the perfect addition to your itinerary. Below is a sampling of what this diverse area has to offer:
Family Fun: Lynx, elk, moose – oh my!
Only a brief 25-minute drive from downtown Whitehorse, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve is a great stopping point for children and adults alike. This 700-acre preserve features 11 species of northern mammals including Canada lynx, Rocky Mountain elk, Alaska/Yukon moose and two varieties of thinhorn sheep. Pick up a trail guide and map so you can take one of the preserve’s self-guided walking tours.
History Lesson: Take a trip into Whitehorse’s past
From its history as a First Nations campsite to the tent town that catered to miners during the Klondike Gold Rush, Whitehorse’s past is rich and varied. Covering half of a city block downtown, the MacBride Museum of Yukon History brings the area’s natural and cultural history to life through its galleries and exhibits. From Ice Age-era archaeology and First Nations beadwork to a look at the area’s mining history, this museum is a must-see for any history buff.
Outdoor Adventure: Climb a mountain!
Surrounded by expansive wilderness, there is much to do in Whitehorse for the traveler who enjoys exploring the great outdoors. For spectacular views of the surrounding area, head to Mount Lorne located only 10 miles out of town. Although challenging, this 24-mile round-trip hike offers stellar views of surrounding peaks and lakes. There are at least two geocaches along the trail, one near the abandoned Trapper’s Cabin and another halfway to the top. Make sure to pack your sturdy hiking boots as this trip usually takes about seven hours. To learn more about this hike or to find others in the Whitehorse area, visit YukonHiking.ca.
Girls’ Getaway: Dinner and a soak
Start your evening with fine Yukon dining at the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel’s Steele Street Restaurant & Lounge where you and your girlfriends can enjoy the chef’s “catch of the day” while sipping on a locally brewed beer. After indulging in a decadent dessert, hop in the car and head 18 miles down the road to Takhini Hot Springs for some deep relaxation and girl time. Enjoy the company of friends while you soak in the healing mineral waters and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds the springs. Takhini Hot Springs is open daily, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. through August 17.