Welcome To The Wilderness City
Whitehorse is the territory’s travel hub—a must-stop for those driving the Alaska Highway and the first taste of the Yukon for visitors arriving by air.
Once here, the options really rack up. Paddlers take to the historic Yukon River that flows through town. Hikers and mountain bikers access the hundreds of kilometres of trail. Adventurers climb into float planes on Schwatka Lake and fly off to wild, secluded places.
Those who are driving find the sky’s the limit. Less than an hour—in various directions—are the refreshing hot springs, the Yukon Wilderness Preserve, the much-photographed Emerald Lake, and numerous wilderness tour operators eager to share their Yukon with you. Travel a bit farther and you’ll be able to enter Alaska or British Columbia—but we highly recommend exploring the other captivating regions of the Yukon first.
- In 2011, the World Health Organization ranked Whitehorse #1 for cleanest air in the world.
- Legend says Whitehorse got its name when gold seekers thought Miles Canyon’s wild rapids resembled the manes of charging white horses
- The Whitehorse area has over 700 kilometres of marked trail, including 85 kilometres of groomed cross country ski trails.