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What to Expect When Visiting Kluane National Park & Reserve

The beautiful Kluane National Park and Reserve located in Canada’s Yukon Territory is almost 22,000 square kilometers of protected land filled with untouched wilderness.  Home to vast wilderness of glaciers and towering snow covered peaks, Canada’s highest mountains as well as some of the world’s largest and the world’s largest non-polar icefield.  With virtually no development beyond Kathleen Lake Campground and a few scattered backcountry campsites, Kluane National Park and Reserve is one of the world’s greatest nature preserves.  Kluane National Park & Reserve is a must-see for adventure seekers, hikers in search of grand vistas, a place that offers unlimited solitude and boundless nature.

Aerial View of Kluane National Park
Here is our guide to visiting Kluane National Park & Reserve!

Information about Kluane National Park & Reserve

Kluane National Park is combined with Northern British Columbia’s Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park and Alaska’s Wrangell St. Elias and Glacier Bay National Parks to form the world’s largest tract of protected land.  This massive area of untouched wilderness has been dubbed Kluane/Wrangell-St.Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek UNESCO World Heritage Complex.  This area is home to the world’s largest non-polar glacier icefield, an active earthquake zone that averages 3 tremors a day (which largely go unnoticed) and has one of the most famous landmarks in the area – Canada’s tallest peak.  Mount Logan, Canada’s tallest mountain, standing at 5,959 metres high is a must see for adventure seekers and one of the only ways to see this snow covered giant is by taking a flight like we did into the heart of the mountain range. 

View of Kluane National Park from the Air

Getting to Kluane National Park & Reserve

Located in the southwest corner of the Yukon, 160 kilometres west of Whitehorse lies Kluane National Park & Reserve.  Access to the national park  from Haines Junction a good place to call basecamp for your adventures while in the area and it makes for easy access as it is located right on the Alaska Highway.  There are multiple pulloffs along the Alaska Highway that are starting points for both day hikes and multi-day trips but to access the parks interior is not as easy as driving through it.  Kluane National Park & Reserve’s interior is only accessible by a multi-day hike along rugged trails or by taking a flightseeing tour. 

Alaska Highway Going Around Kluane National Park

Where to Stay in Kluane National Park & Reserve

There is only a 39-site campground located at Kathleen Lake for accommodations within the park.  The campground runs on a first-come-first-serve basis and reservations cannot be made ahead of time.  All 39 spacious sites can accommodate tents and RV’s of all sizes.  Amenities include bear boxes, pit toilets, water for cooking and views that are unlike any other place you have stayed before.  To read all about our experience camping at Kathleen Lake click here!

View of Kathleen Lake from Campsite 26

What to do in Kluane National Park & Reserve

There are so many activities to do in the national park you could spend days here and not do them all! Of course all activities are outdoors but they can be done rain or shine if you choose.  The hiking is by far the most popular activitiy to do in the park that range from 0.6km to 98km.  A list of all the day and multi-day hikes can be found here on Parks Canada’s website. 

Exploring Kathleen Lake

Another great activity to do in the park if you have a few hours is take a flightseeing tour into the heart of the St. Elias Mountains.  This is one of the only ways to see Kluane in its entirety and the best way to do it if you only have a few hours! We went up with Icefield Discovery and it was hands down one of the best experiences of our lives.  Here is our photo guide of our tour with Icefield Discovery flightseeing over the St. Elias Mountains and landing on the world’s largest non-polar icefield in front of Mount Logan.  Make sure to watch our video below of our trip up in the Helio Courier soaring 6000 feet in the air!

Glacier Flightseeing Over Kluane National Park

Flightseeing through the Saint Elias Mountains over Kluane National Park and Reserve towards North America’s tallest and largest mountain, Mt Logan, was the adventure of a lifetime.  As we travelled down the Alaska Highway towards the dirt airfield that is home to Icefield Discovery, we couldn’t help but be excited – we were going to get to see the beautiful Kluane National Park and Reserve from the air, which really is one of the best ways to experience this breathtaking National Park.

The glacier flightseeing tour with Icefield Discovery over the park is such a special trip as many people never reach the south-west corner of the Yukon Territory to experience it.  Icefield Discovery has been operating out of the region for over 30 years now initially supporting research needs to discover and understand the mountain region and beyond.  Overtime Icefield Discovery branched out to include flights for climbers and flightseeing for tourism.

As we rolled in to the airfield we were met by Tom who would be our pilot and the individual who would be instrumental in providing us with one of the coolest experiences we have ever done!  We quickly got all of our gear ready for our flight (GoPro, Osmo, two Nikon D610 cameras) and could not wait to take off!  Tom took us over the flight plan – we would fly over the St. Elias Mountains passing many of the main peeks along the way including Mt. Steele, Vancouver, King George, Kennedy, Hubbard, Lucania, Pinnacle, Mt. St. Elias and lastly would land in front of Mt. Logan, North Americas largest peak, on the worlds largest non-polar icefield.  Did you know that a glacier is only called a glacier when moving through a valley? Otherwise it is called an icefield!

Chris jumped in the front seat next to Tom and I got in the backseat behind them! I was happy to sit behind the two of them so I could take photos from both sides of the plane.  Our bright yellow Helio Courier C-GXFB headed towards the end of the runway, spun around and we were off in the air!

As we took off we were immediately greeted with views of Kluane Lake and Williscoft Peak.

We began to climb up the Slims River Valley, something that now looks like a dried up river bed was once the place where the glacier’s meltwater drained into Kluane Lake.  In 2016 this glacier receded turning the meltwater towards the Pacific ocean and drying up the Slims River.

Slims River Valley

Shortly after climbing through the Slims River Valley we entered into the Kaskawulsh Glacier which appeared to go on forever.  This vast, temperate valley glacier in the heart of the St. Elias Mountain Range covers more than 39,000 square kilometres.  The Kaskawulsh Glacier is a result of two converging outlet glaciers and has been measured as wide as 4 – 6.5km at its boardest point.  The glacier has slowly been receding, which resulted in the meltwater changing from draining down the Slims River to towards the Pacific Ocean.

Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier

Kaskawulsh Glacier

Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier
Kaskawulsh Glacier

As we soar over the Kaskwulsh Glacier and head west towards Mt. Logan the snowy mountains that had been sitting in the distance finally came into full view!  These beautiful snow covered mountains against the bright blue sky make for a stunning view!

View from the Cockpit

We followed the glacier bends and turns and we were shortly in the heart of the snowy white St. Elias Mountain Range.  The mountains appear to go on forever with peaks of various size everywhere, and then Mount Logan came into view! All 11 peaks of Canadas highest mountain, Mount Logan, were in view during our morning flightseeing tour.

Mount Logan in the Distance

Mount Logan is surrounded by other giants including Mount Kennedy and Mount Washington both standing at over 5000 metres tall.  We really felt like we were on the top of the world, and we began our descent down onto the icefield.  Tom began to lower the skis for landing – one that was much smoother than we initially expected for landing on a rough icefield!

Coming in for landing on the Icefield in front of Mount Logan

Once we exited the plane, the complete silence other than the wind whistling through the mountains was like nothing else we had ever experienced.  There was no one else on the icefield with us, and to our right was a white and orange tent used for overnight experiences offered through Icefield Discovery.  We explored the area and enjoyed the warm sun beating down on the frozen icefield.

Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield
Chris & Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield

Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield
Mount Logan
Chris & Nicole with Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield
Nicole & Icefield Discovery Helio Couier on the Icefield

We spent about 30 minutes on the icefield which was the perfect amount of time to see everything within a close walk of the plane.  Standing on ice that is over 700 metres thick, and seeing areas that no man has ever walked before is an experience you will not soon forget.

Heading away from Mount Logan with Tom and Chris in the Front

As we re-board the plane and have an incredibly smooth take off, we say goodbye to Mount Logan and head towards Icefield Discovery’s hangar.  We take a similar route back, but this time Tom takes us much lower to the ground so we can get a different perspective of the Kaskawulsh Glacier and surrounding mountain range.

Flying over the Kaskawulsh Glacier
Pools of Glacial Ice on the Kaskawulsh Glacier

The ever changing Kaskawulsh Glacier has thousands of cracks, ridges and even pools of bright, turquoise blue pools.  These turquoise pools are rich in oxygen making the water turn this colour.

After we re-enter the Slim River Valley we are almost back in Silver City at the Icefield Discovery airstrip.  We fly over Kluane Lake.

Flying over Kluane Lake
Flying over Kluane Lake

As we land back on the dirt airstrip another group is waiting for Tom to take them on their own adventure of a lifetime.  We could not thank Tom and the Icefield Discovery team enough for such an incredible adventure!  Without a doubt this was the highlight of our road trip through the Yukon and should be a bucket list item for everyone travelling through the territory.

As we leave the plane we can see the excitement in the next group’s eyes – we turn to them and say “Have fun your going to love it!’ – How couldn’t they? It’s the ultimate ride of a lifetime.


Make sure to watch the video of our flightseeing trip below!

Beaver Creek to Haines Junction

As we left Alaska and headed back into the Yukon, Canada we encountered some incredible landscapes between Beaver Creek and Haines Junction.  Some of our favourite memories are spent while on the road with some of the landscapes that sit on either side of the highway.  You will frequently see us pulled over at a rest stop or on the side of the highway taking photos of these amazing landscapes! From the time we crossed the boundary line between Alaska and the Yukon to reaching Beaver Creek, Canada’s most westerly community, we knew we were in for an amazing drive.  Beaver Creek sits about 300km northwest of Haines Junction with the Alaska Highway being the only major road to connect the two cities.  As we travelled southeast down the Alaska Highway the Saint Elias Mountains begin to grow bigger and bigger as you drive towards Kluane National Park.

Below are some of the photos from our drive between Beaver Creek and Haines Junction!

Driving the Top of the World Highway

The Top of the World Highway is one of the most scenic drives you will ever take.  Connecting Dawson City, Yukon to Tok, Alaska this winding road highway will take you through mountains ranges and offer a truly breathtaking drive.  The Top of the World Highway is 301km long and crosses a the Little Gold/Poker Creek Boarder Crossing from the Yukon to Alaska, which is the most northern international border crossing in all of North America.  It only takes a few minutes to leave Dawson City and realize where the name of the highway comes from.

This remote northern highway will allow you to find relics of the gold rush abandoned on the side of the road and throughout towns.


What To See Along the Top of the World Highway

Gold Rush History

The abandoned Cowden dredge located 3km east of Chicken down a 4.5km woodland trail begining at Mile marker 68.3 along the highway.  There is also the Pedro Dredge right in the town of Chicken that hosts guided tours daily during the summer season.

Viewpoints Along the Highway

There are so many pulloffs along the highway that give you those breathtaking views you can see along the highway.  Spend some time to pull over and take in the view.


Services & Amenities

Being a remote northern highway, the Top of the World Highway has long distances between services including fuel, food and accommodation. Fuel, food and accommodation are only available in Dawson City, Chicken and Tok.  The drive between Dawson City and Tok are 300 km and roughly seven hours depending on the conditions of the road.


Poker Creek Boarder Crossing

The Poker Creek Boarding Crossing along with the Top of the World Highway is open May to mid-September and will close upon first snowfall.  For exact dates of opening and closing call the information centre in Dawson City at 1-867-993-5566.  The northernmost international border crossing in North America and also the one at the highest elevator at 1,258m is open seven days a week and operates 8:00am – 8:00pm Alaska Standard Time Zone.


What to Expect While Driving The Top of the World Highway

The winding highway provides with seemingly never ending views of the mountains way off in the distance (hence the name Top of the World Highway).  For much of the 127 km between Dawson City and junction with the Taylor Highway the Top of the World Highway climbs along high points of a series of ridges far above the treeline.  The highway was originally paved (chipsealed) in the late 1990’s, the chipseal has not been maintained and as of 2013 half of it is now gravel.  The Canadian side of the highway is much smoother and allows for you to move at the speed limit up until about 10 miles after the US border crossing where it turns to gravel.  The Top of the World Highway has several steep drops on the Canadian side and provides breath taking views at the top of each hill.  Once crossed into the USA the roads turn into more narrow and winding mountain roads that will force you to go slow but there is often little traffic and you can take your time.

There is only one official campground on the Top of the World Highway which is right at the beginning of the highway at the ferry crossing in West Dawson.  Although there is only one official spot to camp there are many large parking areas where you can pull over and park overnight.  The next accommodation spot in Chicken, the coolest little town in Alaska!

Make sure to take the time to experience those seemingly never ending views of the mountains way off in the distance, pull over and take a photo and just take in the view.  This is a once in a lifetime drive you will never forget!

Tips for Driving the Dempster Highway

The Dempster Highway is a 740 kilometre all weather dirt road that connects the Klondike Highway to Inuvik, Northwest Territories.  The drive on the Dempster Highway whether you are driving the short distance into Tombstone or doing the entire drive to Inuvik always provides an adventure – we even got a flat tire on our way into the park!  This is a bucket list item for many people to do the drive from Dawson City, Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

The Dempster Highway can be driven in 12 to 16 hours but it is not recommended to do it such a time span.  Plan several days to be able to see everything there is to see along the highway, take in some hiking, fishing or photography.  Driving during the summer months you will be able to experience the midnight sun, in Autumn you will get the beautiful fall colours and herds of caribou, winter offers views of the northern lights.  Access to Inuvik is possible year round except for periods of thaw and freeze-up of the ice at the Peel and Mackenzie River Crossings.


What Should I Be Driving?

Special vechiles are not required to drive this maintained highway but services are not close together.  It is always advised to carry at least one spare tire along with basic tools including a tow-rope, axe, knife, matches, tire repair kit, flare, etc.  Ensure that all of your tires are in good condition with lots of treat and your spare is in excellent shape.  If you are planning on renting a car make sure you are allowed to drive on the Dempster Highway as some rental companies do not allow it.  You cannot rent a car in Dawson City; Whitehorse, is the closest rental centre, which is a 6-7 hour drive away.  We rented a truck camper from Canadream and we able to do the trip!


Services

Services are few and far between on this remote highway but it makes it part of the uniqueness of this trip! Make sure you plan ahead and know where you plan on stopping each night to get fuel, food and accomodations.  If you are camping in a tent or RV you can camp along the side of the highway for free if you cannot make it to one of the stops below.  There is a cardlock gas station and washrooms at Klondike Corner at Mile 0 but if you do not have a cardlock pass I would suggest you get gas and some food in Dawson City.

Mile 45 – Tombstone Interpretive Centre, Yukon

Open May to September and offers the following amenities:

  • Camping & Day Use Area
  • Washrooms
  • Drinking Water
  • Trails & Hiking
  • Visitors Services – You can rent bear buckets and bear spray from here

Mile 229 – Eagle Plains, Yukon

Open Year Round and offers the following amenities:

  • Camping & Lodging
  • Fuel, Tire Repair & Auto Mechanics
  • Washrooms
  • Drinking Water & Restaurants

Mile 342 – Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories

Amenities Include:

  • Visitor Services
  • Washroom
  • Hotel
  • Fuel, Tire Rapir & Auto Mechanies
  • Medical
  • Groceries & Drinking Water

Mile 378 – Tsiigehtchic, Northwest Territories

Amenities Include:

Mile 461 – Inuvik, Northwest Territories

Open Year Round & Amenities Include:

  • Visitor Information Centre (Open May-September)
  • Washrooms
  • Parks & Trails
  • Camping & Loding
  • Restaurants & Groceries
  • Shopping & Recreation
  • Travel & Tour Companies

Additional Tips & Information to Know for Driving the Dempster Highway

  • Your cellphones do not work throughout Tombstone Territorial Park and for the majority of the trip along the Dempster Highway
  • Bring extras of everything – food, water, batteries for your cameras!
  • The roads can be very dusty or muddy be prepared for you and your vechile to get dirty
  • You are in bear country among with a variety of other wildlife make sure to always make noise while on the trails and be aware of your surrounding
  • Do not leave any of your garbage behind
  • Be prepared for the road to be a bit bumpy at times and keep an eye out for potholes to avoid adding to the risk of a flat tire
  • Be prepared to have a trip of a a lifetime!

Visiting Tombstone Territorial Park: A Photo Guide

Tombstone Territorial Park, located just an hour and a half outside of Dawson City on the Dempster Highway is a must see for all those heading north in the Yukon.  The all weather road drives you right into the heart of Tombstone Territorial Park with lots of opportunities for pull offs to look at the every changing views.  The ever-changing landscape is home to unique rugged peaks, permafrost landforms and an abundance of wildlife.  Situated on the Tr’ondek Hwech’in land claim agreement and lies completely in their traditional territory the park is rich in First Nations culture.

With 5 day hikes and many more overnight / back country hikes there is much more to see of Tombstone than what you can see from the road.  Make sure to stop in at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre (located one hour north of the North Klondike Highway Turnoff) to pick up hiking maps and learn more about the area.  Unfortunately, we did not get to spend as much time exploring the park as we initially had planned as we got a flat tire on our truck and spent several hours waiting for help to repair the tire.

With 2,200 square kilometres Tombstone Territorial Park offers stunning views of arctic tundra landscapes, wildlife and incredible hiking.  This iconic Yukon landscape known for its memorable black granite peaks, idyllic alpine lakes and subarctic tundra landscapes makes it a bucket list item for travellers worldwide.

Here is our Photo Guide to Tombstone Territorial Park!

Things To Know Before Visiting Tombstone Territorial Park:

  • There is no cell service in the park
  • The nearest gas, food and lading are at Dawson City in the south and Eagle Plains 369km to the North
  • Make sure you start your trip with a full tank of gas
  • Make sure the spare tire on your vehicle is in good condition and you have a repair kit to be able to assist you

VIDEO: Exploring Dawson City, Yukon

The town of Dawson City is inseparably linked to the Klondike Gold Rush and for good reason – this real life gold rush town still looks and feels very much like it did in the 1890’s during the Klondike Gold Rush. From visiting Dredge No. 4 National Historic Site, walking the streets of Dawson, exploring the shipwreck graveyard, visiting Discovery Claim and more Dawson City has so much to see and do you will not want to miss this beautiful city! Explore with us as we stroll the dirt roads of Dawson and relive the past!

We had so much fun exploring Dawson City and cannot wait to go back!

Make sure to check out all our videos from our trip through the Yukon at our YouTube Channel here!

A Travellers Guide To Keno City

Take a drive down the Silver Trail to the living ghost town that is Keno City.  Keno City is the smallest community in the Yukon and one of the least visited, but that is changing.  With an incredibly colourful history and the Silver Trail being widely publicized as a destination to explore Keno is experiencing more tourism each year.

Here is our travel guide to visiting Keno City!

The History of Keno City

Keno City’s history starts with the Klondike Gold Rush. Gold was first discovered in 1898 by the Gustaveson Family. Then in 1919 silver was found by John August Kinman and he staked a claim and built a cabin on the site where Keno City sits now.   In 1922, it was officially established as a town and continued to grow.  By 1923 three hotels had been build, a liquor store and a post office had been build to support the growing population.  Keno City served as a base for miners, trappers, hunters, prospectors and First Nations people.   The prosperity of Keno City both rose and fell with the mines. While the Keno and Elsa areas had over 600 residents to call the area home in 1980, today only 15-20 people call Keno City home.  Today, Keno City is home to a small population of artists, miners and oldtimers.  For many this is a special place in their hearts for this unique village.


Getting Here

The Silver Trail is 112 km from Stewart Crossing to Keno City at the base of Keno Hill.  Highway 11, also called the Silver Trail, is an area filled with incredible scenery, hiking, fishing, berry picking, animal watching and camping.

The Silver Trail starts at the north end of the Klondike Highway bridge over the Stewart River.  This paved road to Mayo has many stops and pull offs that provide views of the mountious and glaciated terrain.  The village of Mayo, at Kilometre 50 is the last stop for gas or food so make sure you have all the supplies you need before heading on.  The paved road ends 5km beyond Mayo.  Five Mile Lake Territorial Campground is only 7.5 km past Mayo where you can stay over night.


Where To Stay in Keno City

Keno City Hotel – Take a step back in time to the early 1920’s in Keno City Hotel.  The hotel has been restored in 2006 with a modern rustic charm.  In the hotel you will find 10 rustic rooms all located on the second floor.  Five of these rooms consist of one double bed, four rooms with a single bed and one room with two single beds.  All of the rooms are focused around a central foyer that offers a place to sit and ready a book at the library provided or check your email.  Internet was one of the two major pieces that got added to the hotel was renovated the other being two indoor washrooms.  The Pot Luck Cafe the bar in the hotel offers a full selection of food and drinks that will suit your needs.  

Silvermoon Bunkhouse – The Silvermoon Bunkhouse is located at the base of the trail to the summit of Sign Post Hill.  Offering a unique accommodation experience the centrally located kitchen and dining facilities making it ideal for both small groups of travellers as well as larger groups up to 12.  With One detached private cabin offering a queen bed and sitting area as well as six double occupancy rooms, washrooms and showers this newly opened bunkhouse is a great option to stay while in town! Opened in 2013 the Silvermoon Bunkhouse is the newest accommodation in town.  

Keno City Campground – This peaceful campground located in town next to Lightning Creek has 12 campsites, wood, water and a gazebo with a wood stove.  Laundry facilities and showers are also available on site.  


Where To Eat In Keno City

Sourdough Cafe – The Sourdough Cafe is the only true bar in the smallest community in the Yukon.  A long history in the city including the influx of miners to the city during the silver rush, ladies of the night entertaining stampeders on the second floor of the bar and so much more.  

Keno City Snack Bar – Home to some of the best pizza and milkshakes we ever had!  The snack bar is filled with pictures and memories that the owner has collected.  Make sure to stay a few minutes and talk to the owner who has so much passion for the area and preserving the history of the area.  


What To Do In Keno City

Drive Up Keno Hill to the Signpost & Hiking Trails – The 10.5km drive up Keno Hill will take you to the world famous signpost as well as many hiking trails along with an older miners cabin from the early 1920.  For our full experience at Keno Hill make sure to read our post here!

Keno City Mining Museum – The Keno City Mining Museum captures the gold and silver mining history of the area from the early 1900s to present.  Displays of early tools and equipment as well as photography and memorabilia give you a look into everyday life of a miner isolated in a northern mining community.  

A Travel Guide to Whitehorse, Yukon

The hub of the Yukon and capital city of the territory, Whitehorse is home to just over 27,000 people over three-quarters of the entire population!  With so much at the city’s doorsteps you could spend a day or a week here and never run out of places to explore.  We have compiled a travel guide to Whitehorse to make sure you see Whitehorse to the fullest.

Being in one of the most northern parts of Canada you are in a place many will never get the opportunity to experience which is a shame as it is one of Canada and the worlds hidden gems.  You are so far north that you can drive south to reach Alaska!

Whitehorse, known as the Wilderness City really earns its name as from wherever you stand in the downtown core you can see the mountains in the distance surrounding the city.  This is thanks to a law that prevents the construction of any building talker than four stories throughout the city.

Whether you view the city as a big bustling town or a small gateway to the rugged wilderness one thing that everyone will agree on is that Whitehorse is worth a visit.

Here is our Travel Guide to Whitehorse – The largest city in northern Canada!

Getting Around

Shuttle – If you are staying at any of the main hotels (Edgewater, Best Western, Days Inn, etc) there is a free shuttle from the airport right to the steps of the hotel of your choice.  The shuttle meets you outfront the main doors of the airport.

Taxi – You can take a taxi from the airport or find one the downtown area very easily.

Rental Car – There are two rental car agencies Budget and Driving Force.  Everyone seems to rent from Driving Force as it is on the Travel Yukon website but we wished we had rented from budget as we watched them process three people in the time Driving Force to process one persons rental car.  Both are the similar price you just may wait in longer lines if you rent from Driving Force.  Make sure you stop by the Yukon Visitors Centre to get a free three day city wide parking pass!

Walk – You can walk a beautiful paved path from the airport to downtown that will only take about 45 minutes and it is well worth the trip!  Once downtown you can get to anything in the downtown area very easily on foot.


Where to Stay

Whitehorse has a lot of options when it comes to where you want to stay and something for every budget.

Edgewater Hotel– This historic hotel that opened its doors during the Gold Rush in the 1890’s just underwent a 2.2 million dollar renovation to make it the hot spot to stay in downtown Whitehorse.  The Edgewater Hotel offers free wifi, microwaves, airport shuttle and is steps away from all amenities as well as the Yukon River.

Best Western Gold Rush Inn – This historic downtown hotel with a spa is located right in the heart of the city.  Your stay at the Best Western includes free wifi, mini fridges, microwaves and complimentary airport shuttles.

Days Inn Whitehorse – Close to the waterfront this downtown hotel offers free wifi, laundry facilities, sauna & fitness centre, free parking and spacious rooms.

Coast High Country Inn – Stay like the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge did at the Coast High Country Inn.  Located next to Jim Light Park and connected to the Yukon Convention Centre.  The Coast offers newly renovated rooms, along with complimentary wifi, fitness centre and airport shuttle.


Where to Eat

There are so many places to eat and drink in Whitehorse! Make sure you try as many as you can as nothing will leave you disappointed.

Fast Food – There are many chains like Starbucks, Tim Hortons, KFC, Marble Slab, Dominos Pizza, McDonald’s, A&W and much more if you are looking for a quite bite to eat.

Sit Down Options:

Dirty Northerner Public House: The Dirty Northern Public House is an upscale pub that geatures great beer, excellent wood-fired pizza and juicy burgers.  With its ‘rustic-glamour’ sitting on Main Street is a crowd pleaser for sure.

Klondike Rib & Salmon – This is a favourite for both local and touirsts alike. Known for its authentic northern flavours and great service.  The restaurant is set in one of the oldest operating buildings in Whitehorse and is worth checking out.  The interior is small which can mean lineups but it is worth the wait.

The Wheelhouse Restaurant – One of Whitehorse’s newest additions the Wheelhouse Restaurant is one of the most upscale restaurants in the city.  Sitting right on the Yukon river you are in for a treat for both the view and the food.  The restaurant pays homage to the time prior to the development of the highways in the Yukon, when the waterways were the mainway of transport.

Groceries:

Heading on a camping trip or have a kitchen in your hotel room?  Make sure to head over to the Great Canadian Superstore for all of your grocery, kitchen and even clothing needs.  They have everything you would expect out of a normal Great Canadian Superstore from fruits and veggies, meats, desserts, cannoed goods and more and at great prices!

Walmart – There is also a Walmart in town for frozen and boxed food but they do not have as many fresh options as the Superstore does.


Shopping

Forgotten things in your suitcase or didn’t want to pack certain items to try and keep the weight down in your bag or looking for souvineers? There are lots of options for shopping in Whitehorse.

Sporting Goods Store – Coast Mountain Sports has everything you will need hiking boots, clothing, bug spray, bear spray, camping equipment  and everything else outdoors you could imagine!

Toiletries – If you forgot some toiletries, drugs, sunscreen and more  there are a few options throughout Whitehorse including Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Great Canadian Superstore.

Souvenirs – Looking to take home a keepsake from your time in Whitehorse.  The downtown core has lots of stores to offer you a wide selection and guarantees you will find something to suit your fancy.  From Bearpaw Music & Gifts, Paradise Alley Gifts and more make sure to walk the streets and check out all the local shops.  


Cell Coverage

You may wonder about whether your cell phone will work in Whitehorse.  Well the answer is yes! There is full cell coverage in Whitehorse for Rogers, Bell, Telus and other major phone companies.  Cell coverage once you leave Whitehorse begins to get sparse as you are on the roads but while in the city there is nothing to worry about.


Things To Do In Whitehorse

With so much to do right in the heart of downtown Whitehorse you could spend days exploring the Wilderness City without seeing everything.

For the top things to do in downtown Whitehorse make sure to check out our post here. 

For the top things to do within a 30 minute drive from downtown Whitehorse make sure to check out the post here. 


 

Staying at the Edgewater Hotel

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 Rooms

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.


Dining

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!