Wildlife, nightlife and everything in between

Beautiful, energetic and entertaining—this small city has all the makings of a big one. Exciting outdoor adventure, live theatre, a variety of dining options, deep roots and riveting gold rush history—plus you don’t have to choose between cultural and outdoor experiences.

Known as the “Wilderness City”, Whitehorse has the great outdoors at its doorstep. More than 700 kilometres of marked trails run along the river and out to picture-perfect lakes. Whether you’re a hiker or biker, you’ll enjoy the trip and find breathtaking mountaintop views awaiting you. 

Once you’ve gotten your fill of nature, discover a downtown that’s loaded with charisma. Whitehorse is a captivating mix of coffee shops, museums and quirky heritage buildings, blended with a capital city going about its business. Creativity runs deep here—enjoy public art, inspired cuisine, live performances and inviting cultural explorations. Small shops offer everything from fine local artwork to fireweed jelly. Locals and visitors hit the larger stores for a variety of outdoor gear and trendy fashions—a line that can blur a bit up here. 

Stroll the Millennium Trail past the impressive Whitehorse dam and along the river to tour the historic S.S. Klondike sternwheeler. Carry on to the picturesque waterfront. Fill your day here at the many tempting places to explore, including the historic White Pass and Yukon Route train station and the welcoming Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Or take a seat at one of the viewing platforms and just watch the river go by.

With natural beauty and a great personality, it’s easy to fall in love with Whitehorse. A word of caution: the colourful mix of locals includes many who were once just visiting and discovered they were home.

  • The Whitehorse Rapids Fishway at the Whitehorse dam is the longest wooden fish ladder in the world.
  • The regal S.S. Klondike was the last sternwheeler operating on the Yukon River. She is now a designated National Historic Site at her permanent location on the Whitehorse riverbank.
  • The Yukon Beringia Centre in Whitehorse gives visitors a riveting look into the ice age, with exhibits that include the 26,000-year-old remains of a now-extinct Yukon Horse.