The fishway was built after the installation of the Whitehorse Rapids hydroelectric dam to facilitate the yearly Chinook (king) salmon run. The salmon hold one of nature's great endurance records, the longest fish migration in the world—more than 2,000 miles from the Bering Sea to Whitehorse—and this fish ladder was built to help them bypass the dam. There's a platform for viewing the ladder, and TV monitors display pictures from underwater cameras. Interesting interpretive exhibits, talks by local First Nations elders, and labeled tanks of freshwater fish enhance the experience. The best time to visit is August, when between 150 and 2,100 salmon (average count is 800) use the ladder.
Nisutlin Dr., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 6S7, Canada