Whitehorse has a surprising number of motels and hotels for its size: 23, accounting for more than 900 rooms. The competition, of course, works to the traveler’s advantage, and some of the digs are actually affordable.
Beez Kneez Bakpakers (408 Hoge St., 867/456-2333, www.bzkneez.com, dorm $25, $60 s or d) has dorm beds, private rooms with two single beds, and a cabin that sleeps two. Other amenities include a living room, a communal kitchen, laundry facilities, free use of bikes, and Internet access.
Historical Guest House (5128 5th Ave., 867/668-3907, www.yukongold.com, $85–110 s, $95–110 d) is a comfortable downtown home that was built in 1907 and has been extensively restored, exposing much of the original hand-hewn log work. Each of the two upstairs guest rooms has its own bathroom, while the basement holds a self-contained suite. Other amenities include a communal kitchen and living area, and out back is a garden and barbecue. Rates include a light, self-serve breakfast. The owners live next door.
If you’re planning on traveling as far north as Whitehorse, you’re more adventurous than most travelers, so why not do something really unique and stay on a ranch with 100 mushing dogs? You can at Muktuk Adventures (west of Whitehorse toward Haines Jct., 867/668-3647, www.muktuk.com, $85–95 s or d including breakfast), on the property of mushing legend Frank Turner. Accommodation choices are wooden cabins or a room in the main lodge. Dinner is provided at an extra charge. The property is right on the Takhini River and in addition to tours of the facility, there are canoe rentals, hiking, and trail riding.
For modern, comfortable bed-and-breakfast accommodations within walking distance of downtown restaurants and shops, make reservations at Midnight Sun B&B (6188 6th Ave., 867/667-2255 or 866/284-4448, www.midnightsunbb.com, $119 s, $135–140 d). Four of the five guest rooms are en suite, and one has a private bathroom down the hall. Each room also has a TV, phone, and Internet access. Guests have use of a lounge and kitchen.
Sundog Retreat (off the Klondike Hwy., 867/633-4183, www.sundogretreat.com, $130–200 per cabin) comprises six cabins spread over 60 hectares (160 acres) on a lightly treed property north of downtown (see the website for a map). Each cabin has a kitchen and one or two bedrooms; some have decks and all are very private.
My choice for downtown hotel accommodation is the High Country Inn (4051 4th Ave., 867/667-4471 or 800/554-4471, www.highcountryinn.yk.ca, $169–259 s or d), a large and well-appointed hostelry with a variety of accommodations, starting at $169 s or d for standard rooms, and going all the way up to $269 for the Presidential Suite. The hotel has a fitness room, a business center with Internet access, and its own airport shuttle. Downstairs is a bistro-style restaurant and a lounge with a large patio.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition