Whitehorse: How To Spend 24 Hours In The Yukon Capital

Millenium Trail in Whitehorse

Planning to visit Whitehorse?

Last summer I visited the Yukon for the first time (definitely won’t be my last)! With most major flights flying into the territory’s capital of Whitehorse, you will be spending some time there. I actually did not spend very much time exploring the territory’s capital because it was more of my base for exploring other parts of the Yukon, but I did gather enough intel to share some of my favourite places with you.

 

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Where To Stay 

Edgewater Hotel

I stayed at the Edgewater Hotel for a few days before heading up to Dawson City. My group and I did many day trips outside of Whitehorse so we weren’t actually in Whitehorse for much time. We went to Carcross for an afternoon and rode the White Pass and Yukon Rail. We went to Fort Selkirk for half a day after our glacier trip was cancelled due to inclement weather. There aren’t any 5-star or really even 4-star luxury hotels in Whitehorse but the Edgewater would be the most up to date if you need something with up to date amenities.

Edgewater hotel Yukon

The simple and quaint Edgewater Hotel

Read More: Carcross – A Must Visit Day Trip From Whitehorse

Where To Eat 

Breakfast
Edgewater Hotel

I had breakfast included with my stay at the Edgewater. It was classic diner breakfast and very hearty but perfect to fill me up after a morning workout.

Edgewater Hotel Breakfast
 

Breakfast sandwich and hashbrowns at the Edgewater Hotel



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The Claim Cafe and Food Co

If you’re into lighter fare like a pastry and coffee, I can recommend The Claim. While I didn’t physically go here, we had a box of pastries from here on a day trip and I ate most of it compared to the rest of my group. I actually keep thinking about their squares and cheesecake. I wish I had a photo!!!

Lunch

Dirty Northern Public House

Just a few steps away from the Edgewater Hotel was the Dirty Northern Public House. My group came here on a day we were to go to Kluane so I was a bit glum but the kale salad with wild salmon gave me life. Look at the colour of that salmon! I would definitely come back here again even just for drinks but I did like my salad and appetizers.

Dirty Northern Public House
 

Wild Canadian salmon is the best

Dinner

Antoinette’s

Antoinette’s is an international restaurant with Carribean flavours in Whitehorse named after its proprietress and chef. We came here for a dinner one evening and I had a tasty jerk chicken dish. It was a different take on the classic but delicious nonetheless. Oh and a creme brulee and my most northerly mojito.

Antoinette's Restaurant

Where To Have A Drink In Whitehorse

Winterlong Brewery

I’m a big fan of craft breweries so when we made a stop for some beer and snack at Winterlong Brewery, I was a happy girl. I love to try the local breweries when I’m travelling. Now a resident of San Diego which is a capital of craft breweries, I like to see what’s happening in other cities. I was a fan of their High Noon Hefeweizen.

Winterlong Brewery

Tasting Flight at Winterlong Brewery

Savory Pie at Winterlong Brewery

A savory pie at Winterlong Brewery

98 Hotel

Not everyone will be a fan of the 98 Hotel but I was. Even though I’m a fan of luxurious things, I do love myself a good ol’ dive bar and this is a true Yukon gem with colorful characters. From what I have read and heard it hasn’t changed since it opened. The bar or “breakfast club” opens at 9 am (and closes at 11 pm) due to a grandfathered liquor license. A few from my group came in and of course, I had a Caesar.

98 Hotel Breakfast Club Whitehorse

98 Hotel

Dirty Northern

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Things To Do In Whitehorse

Yukon River – Millenium Walkway

The Edgewater Hotel was right by the Yukon River. Along the river is Millenium Walkway, a 5 km paved and gravel path where you can walk, run, or bike. At some spots, there was space so I came here with my jump rope and resistance bands and did my morning workouts here.

Also along the river are the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre and the SS Klondike. If you have more time, stop in to see and learn more about this First Nation tribe and this sternwheeler that carried freight along the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City.

24 Hours in Whitehorse Yukon

Beautiful Yukon River at sunrise

Health Transformation

Got my travel workout in along the river!

Millenium Trail in Whitehorse

Along the Millenium Trail. Photo courtesy of Travel Yukon

SS Klondike Whitehorse

SS Klondike. Photo courtesy of Travel Yukon

MacBride Museum

A museum about all things Yukon. Learn about the history of the gold rush as well as all the different of species of animals that reside here. You can even pan for gold here!

MacBride Museum

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MacBride Museum Whitehorse

MacBride Museum in Whitehorse. Photo courtesy of Travel Yukon

Have you been to Whitehorse and have recommendations to share? Leave it in the comments!

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How To Spend 24 Hours in Whitehorse
**Disclaimer: Many thanks to Tourism Yukon for their support. As always views stated are solely my own.
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