Whitehorse in Winter
Whitehorse (population 22,898) is the capital of the Yukon, Canada (for those of our friends who think we came to Alaska).
Whitehorse accounts for more than 75% of the territory's population and is the largest city in the three Canadian territories
and is also famous for its natural parks and landscapes, receiving the National Civic Lead award for its natural beauty.
Below, we hiked up on a bluff overlooking Whitehorse to take this picture.
The Yukon River runs through Whitehorse and has carved a gorgeous valley with beautiful cliffs above the city.
This stairway makes it easy to access
the cliffs from the city.
We walked along the bluff until we got
a good view of downtown Whitehorse.
Below, walking around Whitehorse.
Looking back up at the bluff.
The S.S. Klondike was the name of two
sternwheelers, the second now a national
historic site (right) located in Whitehorse.
Both ran freight between Whitehorse and
Dawson City along the Yukon River from
1921-1936 and 1936-1950, respectively.
The S.S. Klondike I ran aground in 1936. The
British-Yukon Navigation Company (a
subsidiary of the White Pass and Yukon
Route railway company) salvaged much of the
ship and cannibalized the wreckage to build
the S.S. Klondike II the following year. The
S.S. Klondike II carried freight until 1950. Due
to the construction of a highway connecting
Dawson City and Whitehorse, many
sternwheelers were decommissioned. In an
attempt to save the S.S. Klondike II, it was
converted into a cruise ship. The venture shut
down in 1955 due to lack of interest, and the
S.S. Klondike was beached in the Whitehorse
In a downtown park, we
walked among snow
sculptures that had been
made several weeks before
and were now suffering the
effects of the longer days.
There were lots of ravens in Whitehorse.
The people in Whitehorse were very friendly.
Our hosts, Farshid & Del Amirtabar, at the
Midnight Sun B&B, invited us to a celebration
of the Iranian New Year where we had a
wonderful time and got to visit with many
We highly recommend the Midnight Sun for its
friendly hosts and its location which is in
walking distance to downtown Whitehorse.
Here is the link to their web site.
Midnight Sun B&B
When we returned from Inuvik to Whitehorse, our
friends Nadine and Gordon (left), whom we met at the
Midnight Sun B&B a week earlier, surprised us by
meeting us at the Whitehorse airport and giving us a
ride back to the B&B.
They received a job offer to manage the hot springs
and will returning permanently to Whitehorse.
Finally, we wish to thank Mary and Allon for having us over to
their house on Marsh Lake some 60 kilometers south of
Whitehorse. We met Mary in Inuvik where she accompanied us on
our drives on the Ice Road.
About a 30 minute drive from Whitehorse is Takhini Hot Springs, a
natural hot springs where Jackie based in the sun in minus 15