Take a step back in time and explore what its like to stay at a historic Klondike Gold Rush hotel. The Edgewater Hotel roots date back to the time of the gold rush in the late 1890’, been destroyed in one but two fires and now welcomes visitors from across the world to this beautiful historic hotel.
Here is our experience staying at the Edgewater Hotel in Whitehorse, Yukon!
History of Edgewater Hotel
The Edgewater Hotel, located at the historic corner of Front and Main Street, was established in the 1890’s under the name Windsor Hotel. The hotel welcomed the territories most distinguished founders and stampeders heading down the Yukon River to try and strike rich and find gold. The location across from the White Pass and Yukon Route Train Station played a large part in its long history and popularity as a hotel of choice in Whitehorse.
In 1905 a fire destroyed most of downtown Whitehorse including the Windsor Hotel. The hotel was reborn as the White Pass Hotel shortly after the fire and would remain the White Pass Hotel until 1961 when another fire would take the hotel. This was the beginning for the Edgewater Hotel when it was rebuilt after the second fire.
Regardless of the name the hotel has been welcome thousands of visitors across the world including stampeders seeking gold, miners, river boat crews, train passengers, mushers and mounties the Edgewater offers a piece of history in the ideal location.
In 2017, the Edgewater Hotel underwent a 2.2 million dollar room renovation now brining modern comforts with historic touches.
Getting to the Edgewater Hotel
Free Shuttle from Airport – The Edgewater Hotel offers a free shuttle bus that will pick you up right outside the front dors of the airport and take you to the hotel.
Taxi – You can get a taxi from outside the main doors of the airport. It is a quic, less than 10 minute drive from the airport to the hotel.
Car – If you rent a car and drive to the hotel make sure to stop at the Visitors Centre for your free 3 day city wide parking pass! This pass will allow you to park anywhere. The Edgewater Hotel also offers free parking at the back of the hotel.
Walk – You can also walk from the airport to the hotel. A 45 minute walk on a nice paved path that takes you around the airport and through the city. If you are looking for some exercise to walk off the jet lag this is the perfect way to do it!
The newly renovated rooms are absolutely stunning and well worth every penny to stay at the hotel With 33 modern guest rooms with a wide variety of room types to choose from there is something for everyone. From a standard room with one double bed, a deluxe corner room king to the executive suite no room will leave you disappointed.
We checked into a King Suite Room located on the top floor of the hotel. This 550 square foot one bedroom suite features one king room, a full kitchen, four piece bathroom and large sitting area with a sofa bed.
The kitchen area comes with a table that will seat four, full set of cutlery and dishes, pots and pans and cleaning supplies. The kitchen is a great option if you enjoy cooking your own meal or being able to reheat leftovers.
The King Suite is the perfect size to fit 2-4 people with their spacious sitting area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. This was the perfect place to sit back and relax after a great day of exploring.
All the rooms come with free wifi access, bedside USB and charging sations, large flat screen TV’s and evening turn-down service, microwave and coffee maker and fitness centre access.
Note The hotel does not have an elevator to take you up to the rooms so be prepared to take your bags up 1-2 flights of stairs (there are only three floors in the hotel). The front desk would be more than happy to assist you in bringing your bag to your room. If you would prefer not to deal with the stairs rooms are available on the main floor.
Tonimoes Restaurant is the on-site restaurant in Edgewater Hotel. The restaurant is on the main level of the hotel and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a wide range of options on all of their menus and everything is very reasonably priced.
The hotel is also only one block away from many restaurants as well as Starbucks and Tim Hortons.
What to do near the Edgewater Hotel
The Edgewater Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Whitehorse and steps away from all the main attractions and best places to eat. With so many options to explore in Whitehorse you could spend a day or a week adventuring through the Wilderness City.
For a full list of what to do in Whitehorse check out our detailed post here!
For a list of what to do within 30 minutes outside of Whitehorse make sure to check it out here!