Whitehorse has a large collection of historic Gold Rush buildings and landmarks scattered throughout the city, though without context, they may just seem like old buildings. The Yukon Historical and Museums Association (Donnenworth House, 3126 3rd Ave., next to Le Page Park and behind the T. C. Richard's Building; tel. 867/667-4704; http://heritageyukon.ca) offers Whitehorse Heritage Buildings walking tours June to August. Monday through Saturday, the hour-long tours are at 11am, 1, and 3pm by donation. They pass many of the Gold Rush-era structures and historic sites, such the unusual log cabin skyscrapers, and are a good introduction to the town.

Be sure to stop by city hall, on 2nd Avenue, between Steele and Wood streets, for a free 3-day parking permit.

Wildlife Tours


North of Whitehorse 26km (16 miles), the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (Mile 5, Takhini Hot Springs Rd., 1.5km/1 mile east of the Takhini Hot Springs; tel. 867/456-7400; www.yukonwildlife.ca) manages populations of many different indigenous animal species for breeding and conservation purposes, and is open for public viewing. The preserve covers hundreds of acres of forests, marshes, and meadows, and features such animals as bison, moose, musk ox, elk, mountain goats, and rare peregrine falcons. Local wildlife also frequents the preserve. From mid-June to August, the preserve offers five guided 90-minute driving tours; cost is C$22 adults, C$20 seniors, C$10 children 6-17, free for children 5 & under; C$50 families.

River Cruises

The MV Schwatka (tel. 867/668-4716 for reservations) is a river craft that cruises the Yukon River through the famous Miles Canyon. This stretch -- once the most hazardous section of water in the territory -- is now dammed and tamed, though it still offers fascinating wilderness scenery. The cruise takes 2 hours, accompanied by narration telling the story of the old "wild river" times. Adults pay C$30; children 11 and under pay half price. Trips are offered late May through September 15. The boat leaves 5km (3 miles) south of Whitehorse; follow the signs for Miles Canyon.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.