Courtesy of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous.
The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous is a winter festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, featuring fun-filled activities for locals and visitors alike. If you’ve never been to Whitehorse, this is a great time to visit this gem of a town, situated right along the Yukon River and surrounded by mountainous beauty. Whitehorse perfectly blends the comforts and perks of a modern day town with the beauty of untouched, pristine nature.
Festivalgoers won’t want to miss any of this action-packed weeklong event. Can-can dancers will take the stage, the Yukon Sourdough Air Display planes will soar through the sky and families can enjoy time together at the family fun fair. For those looking to take an even more active part in the celebration, the festival, formerly known as the Yukon Carnival Week, is a great opportunity to compete in some truly unique contests. Show off your lip synching skills, build a masterpiece in the snow, take a dip in the Takhini Hot Springs to create a frozen hair style or use your athletic prowess to chuck a chainsaw, throw an axe, toss a log or whip saw through wood.
To mark the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous’ golden jubilee, festival organizers have added more events to ramp up the celebration. This year, all former Rendezvous queens and contestants, dating as far back as the 1940s, are invited back for a royal queen reunion. In addition, Streetfest — a special street party to celebrate the history of the festival on Feb. 15 — will commence with street hockey games, dog sled rides, treasure hunts and more. Streetfest will also introduce the Aurora Color Wars, a color paint war on Main Street. Following Streetfest that same day, stay put for the Party on Main, a free concert with live music starting at 7 p.m. So be sure to put on those dancing shoes and head down to Main Street to kick off carnival week!
The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous is a family-friendly carnival. If you’re traveling with young ones, make sure to check out one or more of the free Kidsfest events going on throughout the week. Kidsfest will have all types of activities including races on the toboggan hill, egg toss, potato sack races, face painting and much more.
Happy 50th birthday, Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous!