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Miles Canyon

Miles Canyon Review

Miles Canyon, a 10-minute drive south of Whitehorse, is both scenic and historic. Although the dam below it makes the canyon seem relatively tame, it was this perilous stretch of the Yukon River that determined the location of Whitehorse as the starting point for river travel north. In 1897 Jack London won the admiration—and cash—of fellow stampeders headed north to the Klondike goldfields because of his steady hand as pilot of hand-hewn wooden boats here. You can hike on trails along the canyon or take a two-hour cruise aboard the MV Schwatka and experience the canyon from the waters of Lake Schwatka. This lake was created by the dam built in 1958, putting an end to the infamous White Horse Rapids.

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  • Address: 68 Miles Canyon Rd., 1 mi from Whitehorse city center, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 6S7 | Map It
  • Phone: 867/668–4716
  • Hours: Cruises depart daily early June–mid-Sept
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  • Location: Whitehorse
Updated: 06-12-2013

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