A number of fine galleries are scattered around town. The Northern Fibres Guild produces a free booklet that describes local artists with illustrations of their work; it’s available at the Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre.
Well worth a visit are the North End Gallery (118 1st Ave., 867/393-3590) and the Midnight Sun Gallery (205 Main St., 867/668-4350), the latter featuring the brightly colored, Northern-themed paintings of Ted Harrison.
Across from the information center, Folknits (3123 3rd Ave., 867/456-4192) sells spinning fiber and finished knitwear made from quviuq, the fine underhair of the musk ox. Look for the log cabin with two moose on the roof.
Mac’s Fireweed Books (203 Main St., 867/668-6104, www.yukonbooks.com) is the biggest and most complete bookstore in the Yukon, with a large selection of local- and general-interest books, children’s books, and magazines. It’s open daily until midnight in the summer.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for using the in-store searchable database at Well-Read Books (4137 4th Ave., 867/393-2987, www.wellreadbooks.yk.net), the knowledgeable staff will lead you in the right direction when it comes to looking through their used book collection.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition