Whitehorse: How To Spend 24 Hours In The Yukon Capital
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.
Where To Stay
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.
The simple and quaint Edgewater Hotel
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Where To Eat
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.
Breakfast sandwich and hashbrowns at the Edgewater Hotel
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!!!
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.
Wild Canadian salmon is the best
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.
Where To Have A Drink In Whitehorse
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.
Tasting Flight at Winterlong Brewery
A savory pie at Winterlong Brewery
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.
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.
Beautiful Yukon River at sunrise
Got my travel workout in along the river!
Along the Millenium Trail. Photo courtesy of Travel Yukon
SS Klondike. Photo courtesy of Travel Yukon
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!
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MacBride Museum in Whitehorse. Photo courtesy of Travel Yukon
Have you been to Whitehorse and have recommendations to share? Leave it in the comments!