24 hours in Whitehorse
Our top tips for how best to spend 24 hours in Whitehorse
Now that you’ve booked your mountain bike tour in the Yukon with us you need to begin planning your travel to Whitehorse, and the start point of your Canadian adventure.
We always recommend that you arrive at least one day before your adventure begins to allow for any travel or luggage delays. It’s also good to acclimatise to local time and recover from your journey before you start turning the pedals.
To help you make the most of your extra time in the Yukon, we’ve pooled our collective local knowledge to create this handy city guide for how best to spend 24 hours in Whitehorse before you set off on your fantastic mountain bike tour in the wild north west of Canada.
To kick off your 24 hours in Whitehorse and get your bearings in the capital of the Yukon, you should head down to the mighty Yukon River and visit the S.S. Klondike. Having been meticulously restored, the S.S Klondike now sits proudly on the bank of the river, paying tribute to an era before roads, when riverboats and rail linked the Yukon to the outside world.
After your trip back in time, you can take a walk along the waterfront, back into town to re-fuel and get a taste of Whitehorse coffee culture.
Baked Café is a great spot to enjoy artisan coffee and a tasty lunch, whilst doing some people-watching from your table outside.
Once you’re fully caffeinated and have your learning brain in gear you should make a visit to the McBride Museum. This fantastic collection will tell you everything you need to know about the Yukon and will set you up really well to test your guide’s local knowledge when you’re on the trail!
You can round off your afternoon with some more snacks and the obligatory coffee at either Burnt Toast or Java Connection.
For the time you are with us you’ll be eating fantastic, locally sourced, home-made food on the ranch so, for your first night in the Yukon, there’s no harm in sampling great local cuisine which isn’t necessarily native to the Yukon. For a truly excellent and lovingly prepared meal the Sanchez Cantina is a must.
Once you’re full of spice (and perhaps a Margarita) you can head for LePage Park and, if you’re lucky, catch a fantastic open air show as the long Yukon night seems to go on forever.
4 Local Phrases
‘Skookum’ ; A Chinook term for something or someone sturdy, strong, or well-built
‘Eh’; A Canadian way of ending a sentence or marking a question
‘Sorry’; A very Canadian thing to say even if it’s not your fault. ‘Sorry, you just stepped on my foot.’
‘First Nations’ ; The only correct term for the First Nations people of the Yukon; not ‘Indians’ or ‘Natives’
Whitehorse Transport Links
Whitehorse is the only city in the Yukon but it is still pretty small so you’ll be able to easily negotiate most of it on foot. If you do get tired then for just $2 you can always take a ride on the Waterfront Trolley to experience the historic railroad route across town.
If you are staying at one of the recommended accommodations above then you can get from the airport to the city, and your overnight stay, using their complimentary shuttle services from the airport.