Whitehorse – ideas for free time

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Whitehorse is a great starting place in your history lesson of the Yukon. The MacBride Museum is brimming with artifacts and information about the natural history of the province, First Nations culture, the development of Whitehorse and the life of the settlers. For lovers of paddleboats, the SS Klondike – one of the largest and last operating sternwheelers on the Yukon – is moored on the waterfront and brochures are available for a small fee which outline a self-guided tour around the vessel.

For a dose of renowned Yukon creativity Arts Underground is the oldest visual arts organization in the Yukon, dedicated to fostering local talent and thus offers a rotating selection of diverse and often topical exhibitions of arts, crafts and photography. Northend Gallery is also a superb place to view both Yukon and First Nations artwork and sculptures, alongside handcrafted jewellery and gifts, much of it inspired by the vast Yukon landscape.

There are a number of walking trails around the town, including the five kilometer, paved Millennium Trail which connects the Yukon River Path to Miles Canyon. And once you reach Miles Canyon, whether by foot or by car, you will find 50 foot high walls of basalt rock which frame and turquoise Yukon River and extensive, tranquil forest, within which there are further walking and cycling trails. There are also opportunities to get on to the river, with several outfitters offering canoe and kayak rental.

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