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Baked Café + Bakery

For coffee and scones

Cranberry coconut, blueberry whole wheat, raspberry pecan spelt: You came for the coffee, but you’ll leave with a new-found love of scones. Baked each morning, they’re moist, filling and made with a touch of sweetness (you could almost justify them as a healthy breakfast). Pair your goodies with an espresso – the spot serves locally roasted beans by Bean North Coffee Roasters – topped with crema. If you’re a big morning eater, add the bacon mushroom quiche or the ham-and-egg panini.

Sanchez Cantina

For the chiles rellenos

You may be thousands of kilometres from Mexico’s northern border, but stepping inside this little restaurant is a bit like walking into a cantina. The spice-coloured walls, hand-painted ceramic plates and wooden furniture lend the room a southern accent, while the shrimp ceviche, black-bean tacos and chiles rellenos bring on the full Mexican monty. (The owner, Señora Sanchez, has stuck with the recipes she brought from her homeland.) The place is always packed with patrons, so make sure to reserve a table or show up when the restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m.

Winterlong Brewing Co.

For the unfiltered beers

The unfiltered beers crafted here are poured in as small or as big a gulp as you want, from four-ounce sips to two-litre growlers to take away on a mountain-bike outing. If you have a hard time choosing, grab a seat in the bright tasting room and order a beer flight of four different brews, from the Mountain Hero saison and Weekend Warrior IPA to the Sweater Weather oatmeal stout and, depending on the season, the Spruce Tip Pale Ale. Food pairings include charcuterie, savoury pies and Scotch eggs.

Klondike Rib & Salmon

For the elk carpaccio

Housed in historic buildings that looks a bit like a greenhouse, this classic dinner joint is full of paraphernalia like wooden skis, gold pans and snowshoes – a nod to the fortune-seekers who stormed the area during the Klondike Gold Rush. Fittingly, the portions doled out here – yes, there’s ribs and salmon, but also elk carpaccio, bison steak with berry sauce and Alaskan halibut – are big enough to feed a miner, or a group of hikers returning from an adventure.

Dirty Northern

For late-night cocktails

By some standards, Whitehorse is a town where lots of businesses and restaurants close early. But this gastropub keeps the party going until 2 a.m. every day, serving Canadian wines from Laughing Stock and Painted Rock, as well as craft cocktails and beers. If hunger strikes, order a thin-crust pizza with Yukon Gold potatoes and bacon, or the Arctic char with dill butter.

Wayfarer Oyster House

For the perfectly shucked oysters

From the outside, it looks like a sheet-metal warehouse. Inside, it’s all polished concrete floors, a long wooden bar and white and French blue tiles. Perfectly shucked oysters are a given – preferably with a 2017 NK’MIP Chardonnay – while full vinyl albums play from Afro-harping Dorothy Ashby to the Jesus and Mary Chain. The daily menu and chalkboard offerings deliver on dishes of cold smoked bone marrow with a bright vinaigrette-slicked tangle of leeks, parsley and celery; seared scallops and ginger scallion jam; or an elegant tagliatelle dressed with pesto, pistachios and asparagus. This Whitehorse hot spot claimed the #7 spot on Canada’s Best New Restaurants in 2019.

Whitehorse Fishladder and Hatchery

For a hike

Five minutes from downtown, Whitehorse Fishladder and Hatchery lets visitors see a bypass point that helps migrating salmon navigate the treacherous route around the dam. On your stroll, you’ll learn about the fish and their spawning along one of the longest salmon migratory routes in the world.

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

For the Indigenous Cultures

The ancestors of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation have lived along the banks of the Chu Nínkwän, a.k.a. the Yukon River, for millennia. Here you can see cultural exhibitions and First Nations artwork, partake in daily interpretive programs during the summer season and visit the artists in residence.

Miles Canyon

For a mountain bike ride

Hop on your mountain bike and pedal the forested trails alongside the Yukon River toward Miles Canyon. The narrow section, where the water seems to turn turquoise, is the picturesque place that prompted the city’s name. (Before the hydroelectric dam was built downriver, close to the city, this section was rife with rapids so frothy, they resembled the unruly mane of white horses.) In winter, you can trek Miles Canyon on snowshoes or cross-country skis.

Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre

For the time-travel experience

Get a feel for what it might have felt like for the continent’s first humans to stare down – or rather up at – a woolly mammoth by standing below a three-metre-tall replica skeleton of the now-extinct animal. At this science centre dedicated to Beringia, the non-glaciated area that served as a land bridge between Asia and North America, you can also get up close with the likenesses of giant short-faced bears and American scimitar cats.

Yukon River

For a paddle

Explore the Yukon River in a canoe or in a kayak with a guide on a half- or a full-day tour for a glimpse of what it’s like to navigate one of Canada’s big northern rivers. If you’re an expert paddler, you can rent a canoe and set out on your own multi-day adventure.

Anto Yukon

For chic natural soaps

If you’re enamoured of the work of British Columbia-based painter Meghan Hildebrand, you won’t be able to leave Whitehorse without some of her gorgeous handmade soap. Drawing inspiration from nature, Hildebrand makes soaps using wild-harvested ingredients like Slims River Valley glacial silt (found in the top-selling Kluane bar), fireweed and rosehip. Even the stylish packaging pays tribute to the landscape.

Lumel Studios

For one-of-a-kind glassware

A glass-blowing studio-slash-gallery, this is the place to go for a hands-on experience of turning molten glass – liquefied at 1,200°C – into works of art. If that’s too hot to handle, shop off-the-shelf pieces, such as the Northern Lights Series wineglasses, featuring swirls of colours reminiscent of the aurora borealis.

The Collective Good

For Yukon-themed souvenirs

Find hipster-friendly gifts and mementos at this design store, which stocks an array of clothing, accessories and homewares by indie artists and labels. For Yukon-themed goods, browse the shop’s own in-house line, which includes retro-vibe graphic tees, totes and tuques.

Coast High Country Inn

For the location

The Coast High Country Inn offers 82 large rooms within a 10-minute walk of the city centre and historical attractions, including the MacBride Museum and the Old Log Church Museum. Do as the locals do and grab a table at the Deck, the hotel’s on-site pub, for a pint of Grizzly and a Dungeness crab BLT or traditional fish and chips.

Edgewater Hotel

For the river views

Located on Main Street, the Edgewater Hotel has 33 bright rooms; book one with views over the photogenic Yukon River. And when your morning java craving kicks in, you’re only 20 steps from Baked Café across the street.

Best Western Gold Rush Inn

For the Canadiana touches

The giant moose head and the RCMP officer greeting you as you walk into the lobby of the Best Western Gold Rush Inn are an indication of the frontier spirit that still permeates Whitehorse. The on-site Gold Pan Saloon restaurant serves local Arctic char and an Alberta bison burger, but if you prefer to cook your own meals, book a suite with a kitchen. Local beer from Yukon Brewing fuels the bar’s competitive vibe on Trivia nights.

Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.

Getting from the Airport

Located a five-kilometres drive from downtown, Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport can be reached from the city centre by taxi in 10 minutes. The trip will cost around $20 with one of the local taxi companies. Meanwhile, the route 3 bus will take you from outside the arrivals terminal to the downtown core for $2.50.

Public Transportation

Whitehorse Transit system serves the city centre, the airport and the surrounding campgrounds. One ticket costs $2.50, while the unlimited day pass is $5.


You can arrange taxi transportation by calling one of the local companies.

Premier Cabs: 867-393-2228
Victory Taxi: 867-667-6789
Whitehorse Taxis Central Dispatch: 867-393-2227
Yellow Cabs: 867-335-9156

Weather in Whitehorse

Sunday snow
27°F Oct 25, 2020
Monday light snow
43°F Oct 26, 2020
Tuesday overcast clouds
35°F Oct 27, 2020
Wednesday overcast clouds
34°F Oct 28, 2020
Thursday light snow
25°F Oct 29, 2020
Friday snow
20°F Oct 30, 2020
Saturday light snow
10°F Oct 31, 2020
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