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An Explorer's Guide to Whitehorse, Yukon

Location: on the Alaska Highway at Historic Mile 918, 1,420 km northwest of Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Population (June 2015): 28,872

Elevation: 645 meters (2,116 feet)

Postal Code: Y1A ***

Airport: Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, code CYXY, has daily jet service to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, with Air North and Air Canada.

History: Founded as a transportation center in 1898, during the Klondike Gold Rush. Designated the capital of the Yukon Territory in 1950.


The History of Whitehorse
An excellent illustrated summary by Ken Spotswood.

Historic Images of Whitehorse, Yukon
A collection of historic postcards and other photos.

Strolling around Whitehorse, 1947
In this lengthy article from the 80-page booklet "All-Year Round Guide to the Yukon", E.J. "Stroller" White takes us on a walking tour of downtown Whitehorse.

P.R.A. Fellowship Club - Whitehorse, Yukon, 1943
The final newsletter for this club for Alaska Highway workers talks about their many activities, giving thanks to many of their most active members.

Strolling around Whitehorse in 1947
An article from the 80-page booklet "All-Year Round Guide to the Yukon" takes you for a walking tour of downtown Whitehorse, describing the buildings and the people involved.

Whitehorse Aviation to 1947
Two articles from the 80-page booklet "All-Year Round Guide to the Yukon" describe the development of the Whitehorse airport, and the city's part in Yukon aviation generally.

The history of the Whitehorse Hospital to 1947
An article from the 80-page booklet "All-Year Round Guide to the Yukon" describes the development of the Whitehorse hospital.

Cheechako Grill, Whitehorse, Yukon
This 5-page menu from the restaurant is probably from the 1960s.

Edgewater Hotel in Whitehorse burns, 1961
A huge fire on December 25, 1961, with the temperature at -45 degrees, destroyed the Edgewater Hotel and several other buildings on First Avenue.

The Burning of the Sternwheelers Casca and Whitehorse
On June 20, 1974, in the most famous fire in Yukon history, two of the last remaining Yukon River sternwheelers were destroyed.

Yukon Historical & Museums Association
Among other things, the site has an excellent illustrated tour of Whitehorse heritage buildings.

The Two Decker
Cam Smith wrote this humourous poem about a 2-story outhouse at the Commercial Hotel in Whitehorse, Yukon, and published it in 1943.

Heritage Preservation in Whitehorse
From 1998, an article about the city's Heritage Advisory Committee having their work cut out for them.

KARA / KMA Speedway
The stock car race track closed in 2004, but this 3/8 mile semi-banked dirt oval provided people with a lot of fun and excitement for over 30 years.

Building the Hamilton Blvd. Extension, 2007-2009
A gallery of 25 photos follows construction of a new access route to the residential areas developing above Whitehorse.

The Whitehorse Dam
The story of power production in the Yukon, and the building of the dam which opened in 1958.


Aviation in the Yukon
Links to air operators large and small, aircraft photos and aviation history.

Flight Arrivals & Departures
Today's activity at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.

Husky Bus
Year-round bus transport for people and canoes from Whitehorse to Dawson and intermediate points.

Alaska/Yukon Trails
Bus service from Whitehorse to Fairbanks via Dawson, from late May until mid-Septemer.

Although they have applied to cancel the service, as of January 2018, Greyhound still provides bus service to all points south along the Alaska Highway.

Photo Albums

Whitehorse Photo Album
A gallery of images from the community and the area around it.

Historic Images of Whitehorse
A gallery of historic images from the community and the area around it.

Miles Canyon
Photos and stories from one of the most scenic attractions close to downtown Whitehorse.

Art in Whitehorse

Murals in Whitehorse
Since the early 1990s, dozens of murals, from small to massive, have been painted on buildings all over the city.

Stained Glass Mural
The Yukon Government Administration Building is home to a massive work in acrylic resins by by David Maclagan.

Whitehorse Art Walk
This brochure takes you to 19 pieces of public art - everything from sculptures to murals to bike racks - in the downtown area (pdf, 3.2 MB).

Industry & Art in Whitehorse
New York City has its Soho District; Paris has its Montmartre; and Whitehorse has its ... McRae Industrial Park. A feature by Darrell Hookey.

Whitehorse Stories

Whitehorse 2000 - Killing a Northern Town
In March 2000, a large group of citizens got together to fight a mall construction project that included Walmart.

More Information about Whitehorse

City of Whitehorse
The Territorial capital's official site has lots of information about attractions, economy, government and services.

Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce
Member directory, coming events and much more.

Day-tripping from Whitehorse
There are lots of places to go and things to do near Whitehorse.