The Yukon backcountry is the ultimate experience for outdoor lovers. Just minutes from the city are majestic landscapes filled with wildlife, and there’s no shortage of ways to explore it all.
Walk out of your hotel and down to the riverbanks to rent canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards and head out to many of the local rivers and lakes for a calm day on the water. Take a knowledgeable river guide with you or explore on your own. There’s a river for every need, from mellow classics like the Big Salmon and the Teslin, to challenging rivers like Bonnet Plume and Wind, which flow through some of the most remote regions of North America. There’s also flatwater rivers like Kathleen, Tagish and Chapman lakes.
A summer trip to Whitehorse wouldn’t be complete without exploring the captivating and rare wildlife of the area. Yukon’s vast wild regions and varied ecosystems make it home to some of North America’s most impressive species. By simply renting a car and driving along the highway, you’re almost guaranteed to see moose, bear, elk and more. Continue on to any of the wilderness parks and areas that surround Whitehorse and watch incredible wildlife in their natural habitat.
World-class hiking and mountain biking trails are minutes from downtown, as are horseback adventures. The extensive trail system that winds around Whitehorse and beyond will give you ample opportunity to catch wildlife in a natural setting no matter how you choose to explore, and lead you over excellently maintained trails suitable for adventurers of any experience and age. Do it all, and at any time of the day you choose. At the peak of summer, the big northern sun lights up the land for up to 20 hours a day!