Whitehorse (Canada)

Whitehorse Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Anthony DeLorenzo

Capital of the Yukon: Wilderness City

Whitehorse is the capital of Canada's Yukon Territory
2 hours flight or 2 hours drive from Vancouver
Excellent spot to start a Yukon exploration from

To be fair, not much goes on in Whitehorse (population just under 30,000) itself. Sure it has a few museums, hotels, restaurants and bars, but people mostly touch down here to prepare for heading out into the Yukon. And located at a 2 hour long flight or nearly 2 day long drive from Vancouver, Whitehorse is slightly out of the way, of course.

Yet spending some time in Whitehorse is not a bad thing. Stock up on whatever you need to stock up on, make plans, buy the necessary equipment, book the tours you need to book, and in the evening socialize with like-minded travelers (and locals) over what you will be up to the next morning come sunrise.

Whitehorse lies on the Yukon River and is surrounded by the three nearby mountains Horn Mountain (south of town), Haeckel Hill (to the north) and Grey Mountain (to the south). It is an excellent place to start a day trip into the Yukon from, and Miles Canyon, Atlin, Carcross and Skagway are just some of the destinations that are in easy reach from here. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Whitehorse is a city in Canada's region of Yukon Territory. It has a population of 27,889, is situated at an altitude of 2100ft and the best airport to fly into is YXY (Whitehorse International, Whitehorse)
  • The currency used in Canada is the Canadian dollar (CAD)

Whitehorse Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
12 18 30 45 57 66 70 66 54 39 21 16

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
0.7 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.6 1.3 1.5 1.4 1.3 0.9 0.8 0.6

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