Hiking - Whitehorse Region
Hike to hidden lakes and high places
Whether you’re looking for an afternoon hike on an easy trail or an overnight trek into challenging unmarked wilderness, the Whitehorse Region has something for everyone.
Two of the mountains seen from downtown Whitehorse—Grey Mountain and Golden Horn—hold popular hikes for locals and visitors alike. On opposite sides of the valley from each other, these mountaintops offer different but equally beautiful views. The Mount McIntyre, Fish Lake and Valerie Lake hikes are a few of the other routes close to town and reward hikers with breathtaking panoramic vistas.
Other areas have less elevation but loads of history. Take the narrow trail along the Yukon River above Miles Canyon to the site of Canyon City—once a First Nations fish camp and then a short-lived bustling gold rush town. There are no longer any buildings at Canyon City, but an old tram and interpretive signs help visitors imagine what life would have been like. Go alone or join a free guided walk with the Yukon Conservation Society.
If you’re looking for some hiking tips, keep an eye out for the Yukon Conservation Society’s book, Whitehorse & Area Hikes & Bikes, at downtown bookstores. Along with helpful info, maps and “Leave No Trace” guidelines, the book also includes the fascinating cultural and natural history of various trails.
Whitehorse is a small city in a big wilderness area, so reaching the trailhead for many hikes requires transportation. The numerous lakes behind Riverdale and trails along the Yukon River can be accessed by foot, and it doesn’t take long to get out to where you’re surrounded by nature.