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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'.

It was built by prospectors who flooded into the region at the height of the Klondike gold rush.

They set up camp after surviving the arduous Chilkoot Trail from Skagway, and before negotiating the perilous waters of the Yukon River and Miles Canyon, that still blocked their route to the goldfields.

The paddle steamer S.S. Klondike

Today Whitehorse is an easier place to reach and, with 23,000 inhabitants, is by far the largest town in the Yukon. Urban highlights include tours of the S.S. Klondike, one of only two surviving paddle steamers, Old Log Church Museum, the MacBride Museum and the Yukon Brewing Company.

The area’s mineral wealth might be exhausted, but the surrounding mountain wilderness, speckled with tranquil lakes, is beautiful and wholly unspoiled: it will make you want to put on your boots and explore.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Whitehorse

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Whitehorse, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Whitehorse

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Whitehorse, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Whitehorse at its best.

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    Accommodation choices for Whitehorse

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Whitehorse. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.