Alaska Seaplanes provides seasonal service to Whitehorse from Juneau up to 3 times a week in the summer. Charter service, weather permitting, is also available.
Whitehorse is the capital of Canada’s Yukon Territory. An important travel hub for the Yukon, Whitehorse is surrounding by vast forest and boasts the mildest climate of the region.
Whitehorse is an important base for those who come to explore the city and the surrounding Canadian Wilderness. Recently rated #1 for the cleanest air quality in the world by the World Health Organization, Whitehorse is truly a breath of fresh air for visitors that come to enjoy this uniquely positioned city and its outdoor adventure offerings in the Yukon Territory.
Trekkers won’t be disappointed by the 700 kilometers of marked trails surrounding Whitehorse for hikers, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers. For a one-of-a-kind experience, visitors can book dogsledding adventures through a local operator. The Yukon Wilderness Preserve and Emerald Lake are less than an hour away. Rent a jeep with camping gear and a rooftop tent at Overland Yukon and explore these gorgeous stops more closely.
Paddling enthusiasts will find the Yukon River flowing directly through Whitehorse as well as the several breathtaking lakes that characterize the surrounding landscape. Nearby Miles Canyon Basalts are a beautiful representation of basaltic lava flows and cones that formed over 8.5 million years ago, and the canyon later attracted miners during the Gold Rush.
For a more laid-back adventure, the Yukon Bringia Interpretive Centre provides historical information about the region and the first people to migrate to North America during the Ice Age. The McBride Museum of Yukon History covers the territory's history from the early days of the First Nations people to the Gold Rush. An old sternwheeler ship from that era, the S.S. Klondike, can be viewed on the Yukon River.
Takhini Hot Springs houses geothermal mineral pools and a French cafe for travelers to rest and relax in after a busy day of exploring Whitehorse and the vast Yukon Territory.
Dogsledding in the winter in the Yukon is a thrilling and unique experience that few are able to check off their bucket list. A very popular local pass time, it's easy to find operators around Whitehorse that are willing to show you the ropes when it comes to driving a sled, or can make arrangements for those that just want to ride along. Book an overnight excursion for an even more thrilling and unforgettable trip that may include caring for the dogs, sleeping in a camp and observing the Northern Lights if you’re lucky.
Several areas around Whitehorse are also home to groups of trails that are excellent for mountain biking and oftentimes cross-country skiing. Enjoy world-class biking trails around Mount Mac, south of Whitehorse, Grey Mountain and Montana Mountain.
Whitehorse is a hiker’s paradise! Hundreds of kilometers of marked alpine hiking trails are available to avid trekkers looking for breathtaking views of the Yukon Territory. Start with easy trails like Fish Lake (2.5 hours) and the Grey (Canyon) trail (5 hours) and work your way up to moderate (Golden Horn) and difficult (Ibex Ridge) trails for spectacular scenery.
Book an excursion paddling along the Yukon River for an intimate look at the wilderness that forms Whitehorse’s backyard. Local operators can take you along the river over several summer days, complete with camping, campfires, and viewing the natural wonders along the way.
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