Whitehorse Yukon Territory Canada
Traveling through the Yukon Territory is an adventure in itself. With amazing mountain ranges, a plethora of wildlife and the sometimes questionable weather, this part of the country still retains much of the rugged beauty that gold miners made their way through as they sought out the next big strike. The town of Whitehorse, located at mile 918 of the Alaska Highway, provides both historic charm and modern day conveniences. Accessible by car, plane, and ferry or cruise ship via the nearby town of Skagway, Whitehorse is a must-see for anyone wishing to explore the Gold Rush days.
Whitehorse was founded as a transportation hub during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. As gold-hungry prospectors made their way to the nearby Chilkoot Pass, it was an important stopping point for those needing rest and supplies. Named "White Horse" by miners who thought the rapids at nearby Miles Canyon looked like charging horses, it officially became a city in 1950 and was named capital of the Yukon Territory in 1953. Whitehorse today maintains a population of just over 20,000 and has managed to combine many of the elements of a larger city while keeping its small town feel.
Visitors to Whitehorse can check out the many museums and go on various tours of the area. The Yukon Transportation museum and the MacBride Museum both offer glimpses into the history of Whitehorse and the Yukon Territory, and the Yukon Arts Centre has ongoing local exhibits as well as cultural events. For some rest and relaxation, Takhini Hot Springs offers hot mineral pools with nearby cabins for rent and over 300 acres to explore. Other activities in the area include fishing, hiking, flightseeing, biking, camping, horseback riding or golfing. Hotels, lodges and B&B's are in abundance, as well as campsites and RV parks. Gift shops with both local crafts and imported items are plentiful, as well as the many restaurants and coffee shops.
For more information on visiting Whitehorse Canada check out the Whitehorse Yukon Canada section of our Alaska Travel Guide including Whitehorse Activities & Trips, Whitehorse Lodging, Whitehorse Tourism Agencies and Whitehorse Transportation.
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