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Yukon Territory - Whitehorse

WHITEHORSE the Capital of the Yukon Territory since 1953, and is the hub of the territory's 2,700 mile road system.

One hundres years ago 30,000 reckless adventures fought way up the Yukon River, by boat,on their voyage to the Gold fields, many struggles through the choppy waters of the WHITEHORSE Rapids.

The Yukon Territory is large enough to hold the states of California, Arizona, Delaware and West Virginia.

Named by some "the Wilderness City", WHITEHORSE nestless on the banks of the famed Yukon River surrounded by mountains and clear mountains lakes.
WHITEHORSE takes its name from the frothing waves of the river rapids, thought by stampeders to resemble the names of WHITE HORSES. Located at Historic Milepost 918 on the Alaska Highway, the downtown business section of Whitehorse lies on the west bank of the Yukon River.
Whitehorse is the third largest city in Canada by area.


Kluane National Park Reserve is located in the southwest corner of the Yukon Territory, bordering on British Columbia and Alaska. Kluane National Park (pronounced "Kloo - wah – nee) covers an area of 21,980 square kilometers. It is a land of an impressive diversity. The extensive mountain massive of the Wrangell – St. Elias chain is part of the Kluane National Park. Mount Logan, 5959m, Canada's highest mountain, is within the park boundaries. The park has one of the most extensive non-polar ice fields in the world. The park protects valleys and alpine tundra that yield a unique array of plant and wildlife species. Kluane has the largest diversity of pacific and arctic flora north of the 60th parallel. The gateway to activities in the park is Haines Junction, which is about 160 km west of the Yukon's capital, Whitehorse. Kluane and its American counterpart, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, were jointly declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

The Klondike gold rush

Yukon Territory is located on the banks of the Yukon River, about 105 km north of the British Columbia border. The city's landscape is dominated by Canyon Mountain, also known as Grey Mountain.

Whitehorse is actually located south of the Arcitic Circ. Whitehorse is close Yukon Territory does border all three. One state; Alaska. One province; British Columbia. One territory; North West Territories.

The Klondike gold rush brought stampeders and the railroad from Skagway to Whitehorse. The community grew as a transportation centre and transshipment point for freight from the Skagway–Whitehorse railroad and the stern-wheelers plying the Yukon River to Dawson City. A second boom period for Whitehorse occurred during construction of the Alaska Highway, when they city became headquarters for the western sector and one of the largest camps on the pioneer road. The Alaska Highway opened to civilian travel in 1948, encouraging new development, especially in mineral exploration and mining, as well as tourism. Because of its accessibility, Whitehorse became capital of the Yukon Territory (replacing Dawson City in that role) on March 31, 1953.

WhitehorseThe Yukon River.

Yukon Territory are:
City of Whitehorse
Dawson City
Faro
Haines Junction
Keno City
Kluane
Mayo
Old Crow
Ross River
Watson Lake
White Horse
Up to 200 people died shooting the Miles Canyon and Whitehorse rapids. The rapids were named because the spray resembled the manes of a herd of white horses. The rapids are now dammed, but the City of Whitehorse retains the name.
It’s easy to find solitude in the Yukon. Much of Yukon’s most spectacular wilderness is protected by a network of national and territorial parks and protected areas. The Yukon’s three territorial parks are well worth the effort to reach. Among the most accessible of the three national parks is Kluane National Park, encompassing lush valleys and extraordinary mountain ranges including, vast icefields and Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan. So follow me...

  • Last visit to Whitehorse: Dec 2001
  • Intro Updated Aug 2, 2011
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  • cobrioc's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Kluane National Park, and a trip along the Yukon River in Whitehorse.The next day I got up and drove an hour or so northwest on the Alaska Highway.There’s a ghost town nearby called Silver City but, sadly, I didn’t hear about it until I was in Whitehorse.Back in Whitehorse in the afternoon, I spent a few hours on the Yukon River searching fruitlessly for fish .

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2003 at 11:52 AM

    Wonderful page. It looks like you had a great trip into the Canadian frontier.

  • Jul 13, 2003 at 11:51 AM

    kluane park is quite a drive from whitehorse, why do you have it up on this page?

  • Jun 3, 2003 at 10:38 AM

    Outstanding interior! great write up!

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2003 at 12:08 AM

    Wowww, beautiful place to visit :) Nice to meet you! @rie

  • Feb 5, 2003 at 3:15 AM

    Great page and info!! Whitehorse still on my wish list!

  • wilsonjw's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2002 at 11:28 AM

    I wouldn't call this a tourist *trap*...I think it's more like a tourist "attraction".

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2002 at 10:05 PM

    Thanks for bringing back some Great memories! I haven't been through White Horse in 16 years!!

  • btex's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2002 at 1:49 PM

    Klaune N.P. looks good to me!

  • Aug 9, 2002 at 4:29 AM

    What a great page, such beauty!!

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