Just walk along the streets of downtown Whitehorse and enjoy the murals. Most buildings have a mural here on their large and otherwise boaring walls.
Some murals depict the history of Whitehorse or the region, some are more modern or refer to the use of the building they are on.
The Yukon brewing company is a small scale brewery in Whitehorse. You can visit the brewery and take part in a tour after which there is beertasting. But if you are not able to visit at tourhours they will let you taste before you buy too.
Beers they brew:
- Chilkoot lager, good lager but not very special (5% alc).
- Yukon Gold, a light ale which is populair in Whitehorse and with us (5% alc). Tastes much better than the lager.
- Artic Red, a darker beer with 5,5% alc. Also a beer you must try.
- Cranberry Wheat, for those who like fruitbeers this wheatbeer is very tasty.
- Lead Dog, a winter ale, not availlable in summer (so we must visit again......)
- Midnight Sun, a stout made with coffee. And i simply don't like coffee....... But Tom thought it was too much coffe and too little beer too.
- Aroma Borealis, an mixture of herbs is used for this beer. In my taste it is too much herbs and don't taste like beer anymore.
When we visited in july 2005 the tour was at 16:30 and its free!!
The referend Richard Bowen, a veteran of the Goldrush, was asked by Bishop Bompas to start a church in Whitehorse. he arrived in 1900 and immediately started building a church. The logchurch was used untill 1960 when a new cathedral was built. The church is now a museum and can be visited ( Mid May to Labour Day; Daily 10:00 am - 6:00 pm).
The museum holds church artefacts and you can learn the story of the bishop who ate his boots.
This was the nickname of Bishop Isaac O. Stringer after he survived getting lost in the artic by eating his boots.
Whitehorse is located along the Yukon river, a river through which the salmon migrate home to spawn at their birthground. Near Whitehorse a dam is built, this is an obstacle the salmon can't tacle by their own. So a fishladder is made to assist them on their journey.
We visited the fishladder half july, but there was no salmon there yet. The salmon is expected to travel through from begin august to half august. Must be an awesome sight, the huge fish jumping the ladder.
The fishladder is the longest wooden fishladder in the world, it is 2 m deep and 366 m long. It was built in 1959.
You can see the fish through one of the 3 underwater windows inside the public fishway building.
In the old days the Yukon river was crowded with sternwheelers. Some 250 sternwheelers were constructed for use on the Yukon River between 1866 and 1936.
Such a sternwheeler can be visited in Whitehorse. The S.S. Klondike was built in 1937 as an exact copy of the SS Klondike I.
Untill 1952 it was a cargo vessel. The Klondike could make the downstream run from Whitehorse to Dawson ( 740 km) in one and a half day. On the return run, the Klondike proceeded first to Stewart Landing 112 km above Dawson where she loaded sacks of silver lead ore brought down the Stewart River from the Mayo District. The upstream leg of her journey back to Whitehorse could take four or five days.
When an all weather road was built in 1952 the silver ore was transported by road and the S. S. Klondike was refurbished as a cruise ship. But the tourist were not to come untill years later........
In August, 1955 the S. S. Klondike II steamed into Whitehorse on her last run up river. The S. S. Klondike II sits in permanent retirement on the bank of the Yukon River in Whitehorse. She is owned by Parks Canada and is now commemorated as a national historic site.
Length: 64 m (210')
Width: 12.5 m (419')
Molded Depth: 1.5 m (5.75')
Gross Tonnage: 1226.25 tonnes (1362.5 t)
Registered Tonnage: 918.45 tonnes (1020.5 t)
Cargo Capacity: 270 tonnes (approx. 300 t)
Engines: 2 compound jet-condenser type producing 525 H.P.
Boiler: Locomotive type manufactured at the Polson Iron Works,Toronto, 1901, previously used in Steamer Yukoner & S.S. Klondike #1
For the bird lovers you should visit MacIntyre Marsh. It is a living marsh that is cherping with birds and plenty of interpretation right at the look out point.
I have also provided a link to the Yukon Bird Club if you are an avid bird watcher.
If you have really been following my adventures you would have seen in St. John's, Newfoundland I was at Mile Zero of the Trans Canada Trail.
Here at the Whitehorse Copper Trail I am darn near as far away on the other end as you can get!
I am not a bird watching fanatic by no means but when you look up and the sky is littered with bald eagles it is amazing.
I accidently came across dozens and dozens of the enroute to Haekel Hill just outside of Whitehorse. It is worth going and trying to find these amazing birds.
In the picture I provided hear you can see them perched in the trees. I really wish my camera had a better zoom!!!
If you like hiking and or light walking explore the Yukon River but be careful of the strong tides if you fall in.
It might be safer to follow the waterfront walkway.
There are also many adventure companies that can help you explore the river in canoes, etcetera.
If your looking for a nice place to relax in Whitehorse, the Rotary Peace Park is a very quiet place, there are facilities for kids as well and some nice monuments like this totem pole.
Enjoy your rest!
You won't miss the SS Klondike if you are in Whitehorse, it is very hard to miss. The retired vessel is now a National Historic Site. It's important to note you can't just walk on and explore the vessel yourself, you have to partake in a guided tour, so call to confirm times. I beleive it is $5 Canadian per adult.
River Transportation in the Yukon
For almost four generations the sternwheeler was the mainstay of the Yukon transportation system. Steam powered boats were first introduced onto the lower river, below Ft. Selkirk in 1866. With the great Gold Rush of 1896-98, it was the upper river between Whitehorse and Lawson that became the major riverboat route into the interior. The completion, in 1900, of the White Pass Railway between Skagway, Alaska and Whitehorse served to confirm the primacy of the upper Yukon River route. Only the construction of all weather roads, and the airplane would end the sternwheeler's supremacy.
A typical sternwheeler did not exceed 51.81 meters (170') in length or 10.66 meters (35') in width, and some could carry as much as 180-225 tonnes (198-248 t.) of cargo on a shallow draft of 1.21 meters (four feet). Many pushed barges to increase their cargo capacity. Altogether some 250 sternwheelers were constructed for use on the Yukon River and its tributaries between 1866 and 1936.
Source: Parks Canada
There is a local guy originally from Germany, everyone there knows him, I think his name was Gert?
In any event he will take you on a cessna tour flying about 7 - 10 thousand feet off the ground and you can almost reach out and touch the mountain peaks!! The pictures and scenary you will see can not be described in the space here!!
For more pictures visit my travelogue on this one at:
Alpine Aviation Travelogue!!
Kluane National Park and Reserve is renowned for some of the finest scenery on the North American Continent. The park covers an area of 22,000 square km.; because of its topography and unique glacial features, it has been designated as a United Nations World Heritage Site. The park is located in the southwest corner of the Yukon and one of its advantages is that it is reasonably accessible by road. The St Elias Mountains dominate the skyline of the park, and two thirds of the park is glacial, representing the largest non-polar icefields in the world. The rest of the park consists of alpine forest, deep valleys, meadows and tundra. The landscape in Kluane really is breathtaking. Canada's two highest mountains are here Mount Logan which is 5950m high, and Mount St. Elias - 5488m. Kluane is full of wildlife and has a wide range of flora. Activities available here are varied and include, hiking, mountain climbing (a climbing permit is required), kayaaking and canoeing, excellent fishing and boating. In winter the cross-country skiing is first rate, as is the ice fishing.
The Parkway parallels the snow-covered Kluane Range and the shores of Kluane Lake, the largest lake in the Yukon. Stop at Sheep Mountain Interpretive Centre, where in certain seasons the viewing area provides one of the best opportunities to see Dall sheep. Another "don't miss" attraction is the Kluane Museum of Natural History with the world's largest gold pan. Beaver Creek, the most westerly town in Canada, completes the drive.
Hard-to-miss landmark in Whitehorse is located in front of the Whitehorse International Airport. It's the world’s largest weathervane—a Douglas DC–3. This vintage plane mounted on a rotating pedestal in 198l.