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For the bird lovers you should visit MacIntyre Marsh. It is a living marsh that is cherping with birds and plenty of interpretation right at the look out point.
I have also provided a link to the Yukon Bird Club if you are an avid bird watcher.
Directions: Take the Alaska Highway west and just a couple short kilometers away turn right onto Fish Lake Road.
Whitehorse Copper Trail
If you have really been following my adventures you would have seen in St. John's, Newfoundland I was at Mile Zero of the Trans Canada Trail.
Here at the Whitehorse Copper Trail I am darn near as far away on the other end as you can get!
Directions: Just before getting to Haekel Hill turnoff, look at my Haekel Hill directions! They are a little complicated. Just before SKy High Wilderness Ranches on Fish Lake Road.
I am not a bird watching fanatic by no means but when you look up and the sky is littered with bald eagles it is amazing.
I accidently came across dozens and dozens of the enroute to Haekel Hill just outside of Whitehorse. It is worth going and trying to find these amazing birds.
In the picture I provided hear you can see them perched in the trees. I really wish my camera had a better zoom!!!
Directions: Head West on the Alaska Highway for about 3 kilometers or so and there is a turnoff on your left hand side if your heading west.
Yukon River just in front of Rotary Peace Park
If you like hiking and or light walking explore the Yukon River but be careful of the strong tides if you fall in.
It might be safer to follow the waterfront walkway.
There are also many adventure companies that can help you explore the river in canoes, etcetera.
Rotary Peace Park
If your looking for a nice place to relax in Whitehorse, the Rotary Peace Park is a very quiet place, there are facilities for kids as well and some nice monuments like this totem pole.
Enjoy your rest!
Directions: Just across the road from the SS Klondike
Me in front of the SS Klondike
You won't miss the SS Klondike if you are in Whitehorse, it is very hard to miss. The retired vessel is now a National Historic Site. It's important to note you can't just walk on and explore the vessel yourself, you have to partake in a guided tour, so call to confirm times. I beleive it is $5 Canadian per adult.
River Transportation in the Yukon
For almost four generations the sternwheeler was the mainstay of the Yukon transportation system. Steam powered boats were first introduced onto the lower river, below Ft. Selkirk in 1866. With the great Gold Rush of 1896-98, it was the upper river between Whitehorse and Lawson that became the major riverboat route into the interior. The completion, in 1900, of the White Pass Railway between Skagway, Alaska and Whitehorse served to confirm the primacy of the upper Yukon River route. Only the construction of all weather roads, and the airplane would end the sternwheeler's supremacy.
A typical sternwheeler did not exceed 51.81 meters (170') in length or 10.66 meters (35') in width, and some could carry as much as 180-225 tonnes (198-248 t.) of cargo on a shallow draft of 1.21 meters (four feet). Many pushed barges to increase their cargo capacity. Altogether some 250 sternwheelers were constructed for use on the Yukon River and its tributaries between 1866 and 1936.
Source: Parks Canada
Address: 300 Main Street
There is a local guy originally from Germany, everyone there knows him, I think his name was Gert?
In any event he will take you on a cessna tour flying about 7 - 10 thousand feet off the ground and you can almost reach out and touch the mountain peaks!! The pictures and scenary you will see can not be described in the space here!!
For more pictures visit my travelogue on this one at:
Alpine Aviation Travelogue!!
The Border Crossing!
From Whitehorse you are just a short drive away from Skagway, Alaska a beautiful cruise ship port town in the USA. Worth the visit, again amazing mountains to see along the way, and the road itself sometimes seems like an extreme travel adventure!!
Other noteable places to visit would be the Chilkoot Trail if your up for it, Haines Junction and of course Dawson City!
Address: Get a road map! But it is simple.
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