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What to Do in Whitehorse, Canada

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Whitehorse is the capital of Canada's Yukon territory and gateway to pristine wilderness that includes mountains, tundra, lakes, and an abundance of wildlife. You can also learn all about the area's history and culture—from the original First Nations inhabitants through the fur trade to the gold rush and into the present day.
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Mount McIntyre, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5Y9, Canada
Mt McIntyre ("Mount Mac") offers an easily-accessible high-country experience very close to downtown Whitehorse. Although a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is needed to get to the summit, rentals are available in town. The hiking up top is simply superb —...
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Whitehorse, YT, Canada
The drive from Whitehorse to Skagway is a day-trip that offers a wonderful variety of scenery, from colourful lakes such as Emerald Lake to a tiny desert at Carcross to a high glacier-scoured valley, the White Pass. At each end are communities...
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Whitehorse, YT, Canada
The Northern Lights are one of the most magical, but also most elusive, bucket-list sights. Scientists will tell you that the phenomenon is the result of solar winds reaching the earth’s atmosphere, but that doesn’t capture the beauty of the night...
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Takhini Hot Springs Rd, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 7A2, Canada
A half hour drive outside of Whitehorse in the Yukon is the Wildlife Preserve where visitors can walk through the property and get up close, but not too personal, with Canadian wildlife — including elk, buffalo, mountain goats, deer, and all types...
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1124 Front St, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1A4, Canada
Covering half a block of downtown Whitehorse, this 740-square-meter (8,000-square-foot) exhibit space chronicles the natural, social, economic and industrial heritage of the Yukon. The artifacts start with prehistoric atlatls (dart throwers) and...
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Whitehorse, YT Y1A 4T1, Canada
The world’s longest wooden fish ladder helps migrating chinook (aka king) salmon on the final leg of their epic journey. As young smolts, they migrate downstream to the Bering Sea. After three to five years, they reenter the Yukon River and begin...
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Whitehorse, YT, Canada
Sternwheelers once carried prospectors—and their mandatory ton of goods—740 kilometers (460 miles) between Whitehorse and Dawson City. The downstream run took around 36 hours, but battling back against the current could consume four to five days....
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201 Wood St, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2E4, Canada
This vaudeville revue celebrates the pioneer entertainment of the great Klondike Gold Rush era. Since 1970, the 90-minute shows have entertained visitors each summer. Brace yourself for comedy skits, dramatic performances of Robert Service poems...
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4121 4 Ave, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1H7, Canada
With the tastiest Caribbean food north of the tropics, the menu at Antoinette's might include gems like "wicked sticky" (guava-miso-marinated tenderloin) and Tobagonian-style chicken curry wrapped in roti (an Indian flatbread). Any dish can...
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2116 2nd Ave, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2A8, Canada
Housed in two of Whitehorse’s oldest buildings, this restaurant really dials in the northern cuisine like wild game and fresh local fish like Alaskan halibut and Yukon arctic char. Adventurous eaters should try the elk carpaccio drizzled in...
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118-1116 Front St, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1A3, Canada
Yukon art reigns here, from First Nations carvings to jewelry crafted with gold nuggets, mammoth ivory and trade beads from pioneer times. Of particular note are the oils and acrylics of local painter Nathalie Parenteau, whose work is collected...
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4129 4 Ave, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1H7, Canada
Started in 2003, this co-op encourages artists to take control of their careers (and, through its Relief Fund, proudly helps those dealing with medical and financial emergencies). Its 30 members sell creations from rustic furniture and...