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Whitehorse is named after the rapids on the Yukon River that reminded gold prospectors of the ‘flowing manes of albino Appaloosas’. These prospectors, brought to the region at the height of the Klondike gold rush, set up camp here having braved the arduous Chilkoot Trail from Skagway, before negotiating the perilous waters of the Yukon River and Miles Canyon to get to the goldfields. Today, Whitehorse is easier to access and, with just over 25,000 inhabitants, it is by far the largest city in the Yukon, boasting some of the cleanest air in the world.

The scenery surrounding this small town is a combination of snow-covered mountains and frozen lakes. Even though the hours of daylight in the winter are limited, the local people make the most out of the colder months. The nearby Yukon Wildlife Preserve is home to 13 species of northern animal, including arctic fox, snowy owls, mouse and wood bison, and it’s a great place to visit whilst in Whitehorse. Other winter activities include flightseeing over Kluane National Park, dog sledding across the frozen Takhini River, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Thanks to its far north location, Whitehorse is a great place to see the aurora borealis.

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