The beautiful 80 year old sternwheeler is a welcome sight as it greets visitors and residents alike as they enter the beautiful city of Whitehorse, Yukon. The S.S. Klondike National Historic Site is a look back into the time when Whitehorse was an important hub for both transportation for the region for both miners and their families hoping to strike gold during the Klondike Gold Rush. The S.S. Klondike would haul cargo of fuel and food as well as passengers back and forth between Dawson and Whitehorse. This now Parks Canada National Historic Site is situated on the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse free for the 2017 year for those to explore.
Walk – The S.S. Klondike is a close walk from any hotel in the city and is easy to access with the pedestrian trail that follows the Yukon River.
Transit – Whitehorse Transit bus as well as the Waterfront Trolley both stop at the sternwheeler and is an option if you prefer to take transit.
Drive – If you choose to drive to the S.S. Klondike there is plenty of parking as well as pull through pots for RV’s and trailers.
Things To Do
Self Guided Tours – Talk a step back in time as you walk onboard the S.S. Klondike that has been fully restored to look as it did in its prime in the 1940’s. Learn about the history of the ship, the people that relied on the steamboats and why the sternwheelers were so important to the Yukon. Pick up a self-guiding brochure for $3 in the Visitors Centre that guides you through the entire boat and makes sure you do not miss anything!
Watch The Historical Video – There is a 20 minute historical video titles ‘In the Days of the Riverboats’ that shows footage of the sternwheelers in use and teaches you about their role they played in the early days of the Yukon. The video is shown in a white tent located to the right of the S.S. Klondike.
Find The Red Chairs – With two sets of red Parks Canada Chairs located on either side of the Sternwheeler make sure to sit in them, take a picture and share your experience at the S.S. Klondike.
The S.S. Klondike is a must visit Parks Canada Site while on your visit to Whitehorse, Yukon!
The cold wind whips across the top of snow-covered Signal Hill as we step out of our truck. Winter is a very different experience at Signal Hill National Historic Site than during the summer, but certainly no less beautiful. Here, a fresh blanket of snow covers the ground around a path that heads to Cabot Tower.
As of January 1st 2017, Signal Hill National Historic Site is free with a Discovery Pass from Parks Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Although the Visitors Interpretation Centre and Cabot Tower are not open in the winter (open May-October) you can still explore the grounds and experience the stunning panoramic views of St. John’s, the Narrows and possibly even sight some icebergs in the Atlantic Ocean.
The trails are not safe to hike in the winter, as they are covered in ice and snow, and can be very dangerous with the high winds that come off the ocean. Visitors can park at the Visitor’s Interpretation Centre and take the 500m walk to the Queens Battery, but it is not recommended to take the hill down from the top of Signal Hill as you could slip and fall.
With panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing into the rugged coastline where it meets the city skyline, a visit to this site in winter should be on anyone’s list. Getting a chance to see Signal Hill blanketed in snow offers a serene and peaceful sense over this iconic landmark. Very few people make the trek up here on a cold and blustery day, so you will likely find yourself alone to enjoy the scenery.
Join us as we share our adventures throughout the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada in our Winter in Newfoundland video! From St. John’s, Newfoundland to Gros Morne National Park we explored hundreds of kilometres of this beautiful island while it was covered in snow. Newfoundland in Winter is an extremely peaceful experience as there are minimal tourists, the roads a picture perfect covered in snow. While driving across Newfoundland’s Trans Canada Highways and the small town backroads, we were enchanted by the province’s beauty and charm.
From snowshoeing our way through Gros Morne National Park, watching whales play in the bay, exploring lighthouses, museums and everything Newfoundland has to offer this was an once in a lifetime trip. Ever considered visiting Newfoundland in its off season? Watch our video and you will be inspired to do so!
Our winter adventures in Newfoundland travelling from St. John’s to Gros Morne National Park and back!