In addition to providing big city comforts before folks head into the wilderness, Whitehorse has enough attractions to keep you busy for at least two full days. Many of these are within walking distance of downtown and most accommodations. One natural attraction that is well worth extra time is the Yukon River. An ongoing rejuvenation program is beautifying the riverfront along downtown, with Shipyards Park, at the north end of downtown, a sign of what will come in the future. Shipyards features a wide-open green space, picnic tables, viewing platform, and stage.
Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre (corner 2nd Ave. and Lambert St., 867/667-3084, early May–late Sept. daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m. extended to daily 8 a.m.–8 p.m. July–Aug., the rest of the year Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.) promotes both Whitehorse and the Yukon. The City of Whitehorse website (www.whitehorse.ca) is a handy pre-trip reference.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition