For a community with a population of just under 25,000, the Yukon’s capital city of Whitehorse has a surprisingly vibrant nightlife. Its thriving music scene, abundance of restaurants and bars, and several theater venues make it a small eclectic town with a big city feel.
There is a diverse assortment of dining opportunities in Whitehorse. The city boasts a multi-cultural food scene that includes a wide variety of offerings, such as Japanese, Italian, French, Mexican, Filipino, Middle Eastern, vegetarian, Vietnamese, Greek, East Indian or Swiss cuisine. The Westmark’s Steele Street Lounge offers casual fine dining with a selection of ales and brews from the local Yukon Brewing Company.
The good thing about a small town is that everything is either within walking distance or just a short drive away. Not ready to end your night after dinner? Head out to the Old Fire Hall Yukon Arts Center for a play, concert or art opening in its 4,200-square-foot gallery that hosts the works of talented Yukon artists and others from Canada and the U.S. There are also two movie theaters in Whitehorse and a number of neighborhood pubs great for a post-ski or post-movie beverage. Of the 50 drinking establishments around town, many host live performances on weekends and on occasional weeknights.
Those whose travel adventures land them at the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel & Conference Center during the summer months need only take a few short steps from their room for one of the best shows in town. The Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue is a hilarious show of Klondike Gold Rush humor that takes viewers on a journey back in time with songs, dances and skits. The Frantic Follies have been performing this extremely popular show for more than four decades and have had more than 1.5 million viewers come through the doors, right inside the Westmark Hotel. Shows are put on nightly, except for Mondays.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention one of Whitehorse’s most popular winter events. The Frostbite Music Society hosts bands and musicians from across the Yukon and brings in national and international talent that perform as part of the Frostbite Music Festival, three music-filled days in multiple venues across town. This unique festival has been bringing performers, sessions and workshops to Whitehorse for the past 33 years.
If you’re planning a trip to Whitehorse in the near or distant future, be sure to check out the local calendars for listings of all the fun events and shows going on. Regardless of the time of year, there is always something happening in this charming little town, nestled in the beautiful Yukon.