Northern summer rush
Whitehorse, Yukon
A Whitehorse summer is about long, leisurely days under the Midnight Sun, kicking up your heels at frontier festivals. Check out the lively art scene, or breathe in the solitude of the nearby wilderness.

Take an historical walking tour to get to know this northern town. Try your hand at gold panning at the MacBride Museum or check out jewelry made from locally mined nuggets. Get your dose of vaudeville fun at the Frantic Follies Festival.

Listen to local bands all summer long at Arts in the Park. Get a taste of Gold Rush history at Miles Canyon or face mammoths and saber-toothed tigers at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. Eat Northern with a bowl of moose chili and bannock bread.

Spot lynx, elk and bison at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Raft, canoe or kayak the Yukon River running right through town and watch salmon jump the Whitehorse Fishway Ladder on their way to spawning grounds. Or step back in time on the S.S. Klondike sternwheeler.

Slip into your hiking boots for a stint among purple fireweed in Kluane National Park. Grab a float plane into a remote log lodge for fishing or canoeing. Or explore the local arts scene from beadwork to modern paintings. Then unwind with a dip in the Takhini Hot Springs.