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Tags : Whitehorse

SS Klondike II National Historic Site

SS Klondike II National Historic Site

The sternwheelers on the Yukon River remained the region's most important mode of transport for decades after the gold-rush. It was not until 1955 that the "SS Klondike II", reconstructed in 1937 after sinking, gave up carrying ore from the silver mines in Mayo to Whitehorse for onward shipment by road. Today, the restored and repaired paddle steamer is a popular tourist attraction, welcoming visitors on the Yukon embankment in the town center.

 

 

Miles Canyon

Miles Canyon

Miles Canyon was a hazardous portion of the Yukon River before a hydroelectric dam tamed the waters. The rapids were a choke point for gold prospectors, and many supplies and lives were lost trying to pass the turbulent waters. Today, hiking trails and a scenic setting make the area a delight to explore.

 

 

Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Yukon Wildlife Preserve

At the Yukon Wildlife Preserve in Whitehorse, visitors can take a guided tour to see so many wild life such as moose, muskoxen, mountain goats, wood bison, mule deer, woodland caribou, elk, and two species of thinhorn sheep.- Dall's and stone's sheep. With more than 283 hectares, the preserve has distinct homes to allow the animals to live in their natural environments peacefully .

 

 

Ascent of the Salmon

Salmon meat cut and hung to dry

Once the ice has begun to break up in the spring, salmons hurry upstream from the Pacific Ocean to their Yukon River for spawning grounds. Some short journey as far as Whitehorse, taking about 60 days to cover the 3,000-kilometer trek. Visitors can watch as these magnificent and wondering fish climb the Whitehorse Fishway, provided for them to bypass the Whitehorse Rapids hydroelectric dam. In addition, Seafood lovers can also enjoy salmon delicacies at local restaurants as well as marvellous sceneray salmon climb reverse.

 

 

Town Tour

Whitehorse

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association arranges history tours of Whitehorse during summer and provides self-guided tour information helping to visitors who want to listen to explaination about museum in detail. Other options for touring the city are by bus, horse-drawn carriage, or aboard the M.V. "Schwatka" to Miles Canyon and Schwatka Lake.

 

 

Yukon Transportation Museum

Antique sign at Yukon Transportation Museum

The Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse displays early means of transportation in the region, including snowshoes, dog sleds, stagecoaches, boats, aircraft, and vehicles used during the construction of the Alaska Highway. One of the highlights is the sister plane of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the "Queen of the Yukon." Personal stories of Yukon ingenuity & self-sufficiency are highlighted.

 

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