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  • 1. Canyon City Historic Site

    This archaeological dig site provides a glimpse into the past of the local First Nations people. Long before Western civilizations developed the Miles Canyon area, the First Nations people used it as a seasonal fish camp. From mid-June to late August, the Yukon Conservation Society sponsors two-hour, kid-friendly natural and historical hikes starting at the Miles Canyon bridge. Hikes provide the opportunity to experience the surrounding countryside with local naturalists and are occasionally led by topic experts like botanists, entomologists, and First Nations historians. A bookstore in the society's downtown office (302 Hawkins St.) specializes in the Yukon's history and wilderness and sells souvenirs, maps, and posters.

    Miles Canyon Rd., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1X6, Canada
    867-668–5678-Yukon Conservation Society

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 2. Kluane National Park and Reserve

    About 170 km (100 miles) west of Whitehorse, the reserve has millions of acres for hiking. This is a completely roadless wilderness, with hundreds of glaciers and so many mountains over 14,000 feet high that most of them haven't been named yet (one exception: Mt. Logan, Canada's highest peak). Kluane, the neighboring Wrangell–St. Elias National Park in Alaska, and a few smaller parks, constitute the largest protected wilderness in all North America. The staff at the Haines Junction visitor center can provide hiking, flightseeing, and other information.

    119 Logan St., Haines Junction, Yukon, Y0B 1L0, Canada
  • 3. MacBride Museum of Yukon History

    The exhibits at the MacBride provide a comprehensive view of the colorful characters and groundbreaking events that shaped the Yukon. An old-fashioned confectionery and an 1898 miner’s saloon are among the highlights of the Gold to Government Gallery illuminating gold-rush and Whitehorse history. The gold-related exhibits illustrate particularly well what people went through in quest of a little glint of color. Other displays investigate the Yukon's wildlife and geology, and there are fine collections of photography and First Nations beadwork. Outdoor artifacts include the cabin of Sam McGee, who was immortalized in Robert Service's famous poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee."

    1124 Front St., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1A4, Canada

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    Rate Includes: C$10, Closed Sun. and Mon.
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  • 4. Miles Canyon

    Both scenic and historic, Miles Canyon is a short drive south of Whitehorse. Although the dam below the canyon makes its waters 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. The dam, built in 1958, created a lake that put an end to the infamous White Horse Rapids. Back in 1897, though, 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 rent a kayak and paddle on through.

    Miles Canyon Rd., Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
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  • 5. S.S. Klondike

    You can't really understand the scale of the gold rush without touring a riverboat. The S.S. Klondike, a national historic site, is dry-docked on the bank of the Yukon River in central Whitehorse's Rotary Park, just a minute's drive from downtown. The 210-foot stern-wheeler was built in 1929, sank in 1936, and was rebuilt in 1937. In the days when the Yukon River was the transportation link between Whitehorse and Dawson City, the S.S. Klondike was the largest boat plying the river. Riverboats were as much a way of life here as on the Mississippi of Mark Twain, and the tour of the Klondike is a fascinating way to see how the boats were adapted to the north. In the old days they were among the few operations that provided Indigenous people paying jobs, so there's a rich First Nations and Alaska Native history as well. Entry fees include a self-guided tour brochure. Guided tours are available through Parks Canada for C$8.

    Robert Service Way at 4th Ave., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1V8, Canada

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    Rate Includes: C$4, Closed early Sept.–mid-May
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  • 6. Waterfront Walkway

    The walkway along the Yukon River passes by a few points of interest. Start along the river just east of the MacBride Museum entrance on Front Street. Traveling upstream (south), you'll see the old White Pass and Yukon Route Building on Main Street. The walk is a good way to get an overview of the old town site and just stretch your legs if you've been driving all day.

    Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
  • 7. Whitehorse Fishway

    Yukon Energy built the world's longest wooden fish ladder to facilitate the yearly chinook (king) salmon run around the Whitehorse Rapids hydroelectric dam. 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. 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 hundreds of salmon use the ladder to bypass the dam.

    Nisutlin Dr., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 6S7, Canada

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    Rate Includes: C$3 suggested donation
  • 8. Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre

    The story of the Yukon during the last ice age comes alive at this center near the Whitehorse Airport. Beringia is the name given to the large subcontinental landmasses of eastern Siberia and Interior Alaska and the Yukon, which stayed ice-free and were linked by the Bering Land Bridge during the latest ice age. The area that is now Whitehorse wasn't actually part of this—it was glaciated—but lands farther north, among them what is present-day Dawson City, were in the thick of it, and miners are still turning up mammoth bones. Large dioramas depict the lives of animals in Ice Age Beringia, and there are skeleton replicas. A 26,000-year-old horsehide reveals that horses weren't as big back then as they are now.

    Alaska Hwy., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 6V6, Canada

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    Rate Includes: C$6, Closed weekdays mid-Sept.–early May
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  • 9. Yukon Permanent Art Collection

    The lobby of the Government of Yukon Main Administration Building displays selections from the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, featuring traditional and contemporary works by Yukon artists. The space also includes a 24-panel mural by artist David MacLagan depicting the historical evolution of the Yukon. In addition to the collection on the premises, the brochure Art Adventures on Yukon Time, available at visitor centers throughout the Yukon, guides you to artists' studios as well as galleries, festivals, and public art locations.

    2071 2nd Ave., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2B2, Canada

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    Rate Includes: Free, Closed weekends
  • 10. Yukon Transportation Museum

    This museum takes a fascinating look at the planes, trains, trucks, and snowmachines that opened up the north. Even if big machines don't interest you, this is a cool place to learn about the innovations and adaptations that transport in the north has inspired.

    30 Electra Crescent, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 0M7, Canada

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    Rate Includes: C$10, Closed Mon., Tues., and mid-Sept.–mid-May except by appointment
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  • 11. Yukon Wildlife Preserve

    Takhini Hot Springs

    The preserve provides a fail-safe way to photograph sometimes hard-to-spot animals in a natural setting. Animals roaming freely here include moose, elk, caribou, mountain goats, musk oxen, bison, mule deer, and Dall and Stone sheep. Bus tours take place throughout the day, and self-guided walking maps are available.

    Takhini Hot Springs Rd., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 7A2, Canada

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    Rate Includes: C$16 self-guided tour, C$24 bus tour

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