Whether you travelled to Yukon by plane, train or car, you’ll probably need to get outside and stretch your legs! This small city of just 28,000 residents is known as the Wilderness City and is home to a massive selection of trails. Once you check into your accommodation in Whitehorse, start on the Millennium Trail.
Begin on the Yukon Riverfront, and pass the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion, located just behind the Yukon Legislature building. Pass under the bridge and check out the SS Klondike National Historic Site. The authentic sternwheeler you see here once brought freight between Whitehorse and Dawson City. Take a photo to capture this historic symbol of Yukon’s Gold Rush heritage.
Get back to nature by continuing on the path until Robert Service Campground. The tranquil boreal forest you’ll pass through is a small taste of the natural beauty you’re set to experience in Yukon.
As you cross the footbridge over the Yukon River, set your gaze on the horizon. Look out for whitewater kayakers in the distance, and feel the tremendous spray of water cascading down the Whitehorse Dam. If you’re here at sunset, you’re in luck. Get your camera ready for a stunning shot of your first day.
Where to stay
Get a room in the central Best Western Gold Rush Inn in Whitehorse, which provides free wireless internet and a regular airport shuttle for guests. For more accommodation tips, visit Travel Yukon.
Where to eat
Dine on the banks of the Yukon River at The Wheelhouse Restaurant. Describing itself as “Yukon Casual’, the restaurant’s 1930s-era décor and delicious menus create a warm, welcoming vibe for your first night in Whitehorse.