Things to do in Whitehorse

Our most recommended things to do in Whitehorse

Yukon: Aurora Borealis Evening Viewing Tour

1. Yukon: Aurora Borealis Evening Viewing Tour

Be collected from the Whitehorse hotel and board a comfortable warm minibus to begin your scenic trek out of the city. Your guide will drive you directly to a custom-built viewing location, which is equipped with restrooms. On arrival, immerse yourself in the quiet natural landscape and gaze at the unbelievable colors of the aurora borealis. This is one of the most sought-after Northern experiences, a Yukon winter vacation is only complete by viewing the aurora borealis cascading across the night sky. A chemical light reaction caused when solar energy interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere, producing dramatic dancing waves of green light from one horizon to another. The Northern Lights have captivated viewers since the beginning of time, as evidenced by the many Yukon First Nation legends they have inspired.  As you listen to your guide explain how and why the northern lights are formed in this area of the Yukon, warm up with hot drinks and refuel with complimentary snacks. Rest assured that your guide is there for technical photography assistance as you snap photographs over the course of the evening. Relax or doze off on the ride back to Whitehorse, where the tour ends at the doorstep of your accommodation.

Whitehorse: Nighttime Northern Lights Viewing

2. Whitehorse: Nighttime Northern Lights Viewing

Canada’s High North is famous for its nature, its wildlife, endless lands, and above all, the mystical Northern lights. Aurora Borealis provides an astonishing spectacle in these areas, especially during winter. This “Aurora Hunting” tour will take you to numerous vantage points, aiming for a perfect view of the polar lights. Hot tea pops and snacks will be provided for you during this 4-hour tour. If desired, you will receive an introduction to Aurora photography and its beautiful subtleties so that you can take some unforgettable memories of your encounter with the northern lights (tripod required). You'll be picked up from the meeting point at 10:30 PM, leaving the city’s light-polluted sky behind and heading towards the northern lights. To ensure the best chances of gazing at Aurora Borealis, you won't travel to one pre-determined location, but instead will visit several different vantage points. You'll arrive back at in the city at around 2:30 AM.

Kluane National Park: Full Day Tour

3. Kluane National Park: Full Day Tour

Visit the magnificent Kluane National Park, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Admire the scenic Kathleen Lake and enjoy a short hike at the Rock Glacier where you can witness the magnificent views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. The hike will be followed by a visit to the historic indigenous Klukshu Village, for the chance to see wild salmon reaching their spawning grounds. In Haines Junction, make a stop at the Da Kų Cultural Center to learn more about the rich history of the Kluane National Park. Take the option to join a sightseeing flight above the second largest ice field on earth.

Arctic Day: Wildlife & Hot Springs | Half Day

4. Arctic Day: Wildlife & Hot Springs | Half Day

After pickup, your tour will take you to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve where you’ll have the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the woodland caribou, Canada lynx, Rocky Mountain elk, mountain goats, Alaska Yukon moose, mule deer, muskoxen, wood bison, two varieties of thinhorn sheep, red foxes, and arctic foxes in habitats suited to each species.  To cap off a great day, your guide will take you to the nearby Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs. The outdoor hot springs pool provides a warm sanctuary amid the cold weather and is a must-do activity while visiting Whitehorse! In Yukon’s Boreal Forest, 25 minutes north-west of Whitehorse, the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs flow out of the Earth’s interior at 385 liters (86 gallons) per minute and 47º Celsius (118º Fahrenheit) year-round. High in calcium, magnesium, and iron, the natural mineral springs lack the sulfurous odor common to many springs and are an amazing place to relax.

Whitehorse: Half-Day Snowshoeing Tour

5. Whitehorse: Half-Day Snowshoeing Tour

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to enjoy the tranquility of the Yukon wilderness and to photograph the stunning Yukon landscape. On this half-day snowshoeing tour, you’ll get to strap on a pair of lightweight modern snowshoes and experience the rugged backcountry just like the gold miners, trappers and fur traders of days gone by. Visit scenic locations in the Whitehorse area backcountry and get the chance to spot wildlife such as spruce grouse, foxes, coyotes and snowshoe hares. Enjoy warm beverage and a snack to round out the day.

Miles Canyon: Self-Guided Nature Tour with Audio Guide

6. Miles Canyon: Self-Guided Nature Tour with Audio Guide

Experience the marvelous beauty of Miles Canyon Trail on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Hike through the trail at your own pace with your audio guide. Walk along the mighty Yukon River, the third-longest river in North America, and marvel at the stunning scenery. You will discover the vibrant wildflowers and plants of the region like Yukon’s official flower, hardy trees, birds, and other wild animals. During your journey, hear the history of the Robert Lowe Suspension Bridge and the importance of Grey Mountain. Explore the remnants of Canyon City as you hear about its history. Know about the discovery of gold in Bonanza Creek and how it led to the Klondike Gold Rush, which shaped the history of the Yukon. Finally, learn about the Sternwheelers and how aviation played a pivotal role in the development of Yukon. Soak in the panoramic views of the mountains and enjoy a fun adventure at one of the most popular places in Whitehorse. Please note this trail is not accessible to everyone as there are steep sections, roots, etc. Check the trail conditions here before booking https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/yukon/yukon-river-trail

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Great tour! You could stay in a warm cabin/hut if you would like until the Northern Lights came out and the tour guides told you to come out to see them. The coloured lights can be difficult to see with the naked eye, so it was really helpful to have their expertise and photography skills. They took photos with their DSLR cameras which you could purchase later. They were also kind enough to drop me off at my hotel which I wasn't expecting. I would do this tour again. 10/10!

The snowy landscape on the banks of the Yukon River is wonderful. It seems to me a beautiful experience.

Let’s join the excellent tour. You will also tell other travelers after joining.

Excellent Guide Gustavo Rebolledo is an example of service and attitude!

Great sites and wonder tour guide. Kei Ito was the best.