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  • Attractions

    MacBride Museum

    This museum features over 5,000 square feet of exhibit galleries, from prehistory to present day. Thousands of artifacts, photographs, specimens and presentations take you through Yukon history. See real Klondike gold on display and talk to the many interpreters available. (1124 First Ave)

    Yukon Transportation Museum

    Located next to the Whitehorse International Airport, this museum houses a unique collection depicting the city's transportation heritage during the gold rush, and the building of the Alaska highway. (20 Electra Crescent)

    S.S. Klondike

    This historic sternwheeler ship can't be missed once you enter the city. Originally launched in 1937, it was built by the British Yukon Navigation Company and is a reminder of when the city was the major transportation hub in the region, and this beautifully preserved ship offers tours to visitors today.

    Swan Haven Interpretation Center

    Observe the thousands of swans, geese, ducks, and other waterfowl from the viewing deck at the Swan Haven Interpretation Center. Exhibits, interpretive hikes and nature photography programs are also available. The center is open to the public throughout April and the viewing deck is open year round. (10 Burns Road)

  • Activities

    Dog Mushing

    Dog mushing originated among the First Nations peoples as a means of transportation during the winter. Today, it is enjoyed by many people as a recreational and professional sport. It's a perfect activity for parents and children alike, available in short trips or long excursions. Annual dog mushing events occur in Whitehorse, such as the Yukon Quest and the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous dog races. Contact city hall for more information on tour operators.

    Cross Country Skiing

    Whitehorse has an abundance of groomed tracks and trails for cross country skiers,including those on Grey Mountain, Marsh Lake, Mount McIntyre and at Hidden Lakes.

    Golfing

    Whitehorse has two major golf courses: Mountain View and Meadow Lakes. Mountain View has 18-hole golf and Meadow Lakes has 9 courses with a club house and great views. Summer is the perfect time to hit the fairways, due to Whitehorse's 19 hours of daylight!

  • Wildlife

    Whitehorse is home to many species of birdlife, including eagles, falcons, swans, ravens, swallows, hawks, and ptarmigan. The area is also home to a variety of fish in its creeks and lakes, with Rainbow Trout being the most sought-after game fish. King, Sockeye and Coho Salmon enter the streams from the Pacific, and Arctic Char, Northern Pike, and the Arctic Grayling are also common game fish. Land mammals include the Grizzly and Black bears, Caribou, Moose, Mountain goats, Dall sheep, Elk, Muskox and deer.

  • History

    The First Nations peoples that originally inhabited the Yukon area include the Gwitchin, the Han, the Northern and Southern Tutchone, the Kaska, Tagish, Tlingit and the Upper Tanana peoples.

    In 1850, gold was first reported in the Yukon by the explorer Robert Campbell of the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1873, prospectors began arriving, and in 1896, gold was found at Bonanza Creek, which sparked the Klondike Gold Rush. After the boom of Dawson City (near Bonanza Creek), the capital of the Yukon Territory shifted to Whitehorse due to the completion of the Yukon Highway. Today, Whitehorse is an established government city and home to over 20,000 people.

  • More Information

    Whitehorse, Yukon

    Attraction and service guide for Whitehorse

    City of Whitehorse

    City of Whitehorse official site, with links to visitor and travel information