The Yukon's Wilderness City and Beyond

Image: Valerie Berenyi

Image: Valerie Berenyi

Driving one's own dogsled across Lake Labarge is a dream come true

— Travel Writing

When I finally got a chance to visit Whitehorse, I sort of expected to see dudes in buckskin roaming the streets.

While there is a classic main street with several Klondike-style buildings,  mostly this is a low-rise, contemporary and compact city of almost 26,000 people tucked into a protected valley along the shores of the famed Yukon River.

It is, however, the jumping-off point for primo wilderness adventures such as dogsledding, watching the northern lights and flight-seeing over Kluane National Park.