Whitehorse Overview

  • Relax for the day at the local Takhini Hot Springs, popular with locals and tourists.
  • Lake Laberge, located 62 km (38.5 mi.) from Whitehorse, is famous as the site of the burning of the corpse in Robert Service’s immortal poem ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee’.
  • In February, ‘Yukon Quest’ is one of the most popular dogsled races in North America, beginning in Whitehorse and ending in Fairbanks. Come and cheer on your favourite team!
  • The Yukon International Storytelling Festival is a fascinating way to learn about Yukon culture; ancient First Nations and Native circumpolar peoples tell of their culture and history through stories and folk tales. Storytellers from all over the world flock to this event.
  • The Yukon Transportation Museum highlights the development of travel from the dogsled to bush planes, as well as the building of the Alaska Highway.
  • Chinook Salmon travel up the Whitehorse River every July via a salmon ladder, which enables them to cross the dam to return and spawn in the exact same spot where they were born. Watch this impressive struggle to migrate.
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