- “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe.” Stop in at the Downtown Hotel bar, get yourself a shot of Yukon Jack, and wait in line to take the oath in front of Captain Jack. Then, take a breath as he puts a human toe into your glass and “do the toe”. Get your certificate and membership card to the Sourtoe Cocktail Club (http://downtownhotel.ca/sourtoe-cocktail/).
- Kick up your heels or take in the CanCan Show at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall (https://dawsoncity.ca/diamond-tooth-gerties/).
- Stop in at the Dawson City Museum (http://www.dawsonmuseum.ca) or the Jack London Museum (http://jacklondonmuseum.ca) to get a glimpse of goldrush history.
- Tour the SS Keno, one steamer in a fleet of paddlewheelers that carried supplies up and down the Yukon River (https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/yt/klondike/culture/lhn-nhs_ssk). A sibling boat, the SS Klondike, is located in Whitehorse.
- Try your hand at Gold Panning at Claim 33: http://claim33.vpweb.ca/default.html
- The best viewpoint around would be the Midnight Dome: https://dawsoncity.ca/attraction/midnight-dome/
- Stop by the poet Robert Service’s cabin
- Liquor store (http://www.ylc.yk.ca/stores.html#dawson) (open 10am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday)
- And many other places…
- Walk along Millennium Trail and other loops around town (http://www.whitehorsewalks.com/_walkingIdeas/5LoopTrails.html).
- Takhini Hotsprings and Campground – about a 28km outside of town, this pool built around natural hotsprings is filled every morning and drained every night (http://takhinihotpools.com). Also take in a Klondike themed Escape Room or go for a hike along the trails while you’re out there, or check out the Wildlife Preserve (http://www.yukonwildlife.ca).
- Take in a nature hike at Miles Canyon (https://www.yukoninfo.com/whitehorse-yukon/whitehorse-info-miles-canyon/), just minutes from downtown.
- If you have a few spare minutes downtown, take in one of the small museums: MacBride Museum (http://www.macbridemuseum.com) or the Old Log Church Museum (http://www.oldlogchurchmuseum.ca).
- Throw an Atlatl, learn about the First People, the animals of the Ice Age, and the landscape that connected North America with Siberia at Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre (http://www.beringia.com)
- At the Yukon Transportation Museum (located near the Beringia Centre) (https://goytm.ca), check out the world’s biggest weather vane (ok, it’s an airplane), and some of the vehicles that helped build the Alaska Highway during WWII.
- Tour the SS Klondike (https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/yt/ssklondike/culture)
- After touring the SS Klondike, picnic at Rotary Park (https://www.yukoninfo.com/whitehorse-yukon/rotary-peace-park/)
- See where Whitehorse gets its name at the Whitehorse Rapids, Fish Ladder (no fish spawning at this time of year) (https://yukonfga.ca/whitehorse-rapids-fishladder/), and look out at Schwatka Lake, in Riverdale (just a few minutes from the SS Klondike).
- Yukon Arts Centre (http://yukonartscentre.com/calendar/)
- See the smallest desert in the world on the way to Carcross. See Lake Bennet, which was one of the obstacles for the gold-seekers to navigate after entering the Yukon via the Chilkoot Trail (will need a car).
Food, Drinks, Shopping, Other:
- Klondike Rib & Salmon (https://www.klondikerib.com) located in the two oldest buildings still in use in Whitehorse. This seasonal restaurant opens on Mother’s Day annually – small, delicious, usually a line-up.
- Burnt Toast Café (https://burnttoastcafe.ca), Giorgio’s Cuccina (http://www.giorgioscuccina.com), G&P Steak House & Pizza (http://gandpsteakhouse.com)
- Get your beer on at Yukon Brewing (https://yukonbeer.com) or at Winterlong Brewing (http://winterlongbrewing.com)
- Thursday night farmer’s market at Shipyards Park (https://fireweedmarket.ca) 3pm-7pm, not far from Kwanlin Dun
- Get a great cocktail at the Woodcutter’s Blanket (http://woodcuttersblanket.com) (some locals call it “Moose Fight”… this tiny building was a prospectors house, and then a taxidermist’s shop. The racks of two Moose who had rutted, locked horns, and died are mounted above the entrance of the building on 2nd Avenue)
- Get some authentic gold or gold nugget jewelry from Cheryl at Goldsmith’s on Main Street (http://yukongoldsmiths.com). Other unique Main Street Shops include the General Store and Mac’s Fireweed Books.
- Epic Pizza in Riverdale (http://www.garlicninja.com/index.html) for great thin crust pizza. On Wednesdays, Peggy hosts the Whitewater Wednesday Night Jam if you want to take in some music or get on stage and perform.
http://www.ylc.yk.ca/stores.html#whitehorse (*open 10am-7pm Monday – Thursday and Saturday; 10am-8pm Friday, closed Sunday). Second Avenue ad Ogilvie Street (not far from Kwanlin Dun).