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Whitehorse’s many museums each offer unique but equally compelling stories. Take a photo with the world’s largest weather vane—a vintage DC-3 aircraft that pivots in the wind—at the Yukon Transportation Museum. Browse more than a century of the territory’s transportation history from bush pilots to gold rush boats to the building of the Alaska Highway. Just slightly down the highway, the Beringia Interpretive Centre is home to fascinating exhibits featuring massive animals from the ice age, like woolly mammoths and scimitar cats. Learn about the people who crossed the Beringia ice bridge, and see the Yukon Horse display containing 26,000-year-old remains—yep, that’s three zeros.
A bit north of Whitehorse, visit the Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum. Learn about the area’s mining era, and board a historic train to ride a stretch of rails through boreal forest. Back in downtown Whitehorse, walk up the gangplank onto the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site. Sitting on the shores of the mighty Yukon River, this sternwheeler lets visitors step back into an era where the rivers were the highways.
From the S.S. Klondike, the Millennium Trail leads along the river to the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. The Yukon’s first museum houses a collection of over 30,000 pieces. Where else can you visit the real Sam McGee’s cabin, get a photo with an albino moose, explore fascinating gold rush history and maybe try on a bison hair jacket? This museum is a definite must-do.
Known as the place to explore the “Yukon’s spirited history”, the Old Log Church is a chance to step into one of the oldest buildings in Whitehorse. Built in 1900, the charming log structure is now a delightful museum. Wander through to view the exhibits on your own, or join a guided tour to hear interesting stories including the tale of “the bishop who ate his boots”—a museum feature you’ll be glad to know isn’t an interactive activity.
Beyond the official museums, Whitehorse has several historic buildings around town like the iconic log skyscrapers and the White Pass & Yukon Route depot. Stop by the Visitor Information Centre to pick up the Heritage Yukon map of the Whitehorse Buildings Walk. Download the accompanying audio and plug in your earbuds to hear the buildings’ stories along with a few interesting tidbits about some of their famous residents.
|Regions: Whitehorse Region||Communities: Whitehorse|
|Themes: Heritage & Culture||Categories: Museums & Cultural Centres|