In December 2006, we had just moved from our home province of Saskatchewan (on the Canadian Prairies) to Whitehorse, Yukon.
Unfortunately, we faced a number of personal hardships(not related to our move) while in the Yukon which took away from fully enjoying our experience there. Long story….things did get better, but very hard to face at the time.
On the plus side though, Whitehorse and the Yukon left many lasting memories that Joe and I still treasure:
*The absolute quiet and tranquility we enjoyed and often only minutes away from the downtown core.
*The extraordinary beauty of the Yukon (similar to BC but at the same time different. To be there is to understand).
*The incredible, everchanging skies. The horizon so tangible.
*Feeling more in tune with nature .
*Being ‘North of 60’ brings it’s own unique experience to those who go there. Again, to be there is to understand. Feeling like you are in a different, separate world from the rest of the country.
*The friendly, gentle Inuit people. Part of why Yukon is famous for it’s hospitality.
* Whitehorse is relatively safe too (we never had a bad encounter with anyone there) and that is definitely getting harder to find, especially in cities. A welcome change from living in Saskatchewan. Regina and Saskatoon (Sask.) have shared the dubious ‘distinction’ in both of these cities as Canadian crime capital, for several years.
*Seeing a part of the world that most people never do.
*The absolutely crystal clear drinking water, straight from the tap!!! Truly delicious.
So many people we met there made the comment that they had come to the Yukon many years (often 20 or more) before, perhaps headed south a time or two along the way, but the Yukon always called them back.
I understand what they meant, now. I would be happy to go back; obviously without the challenges that we had, at that time.
Here are some photos and links of our time in Whitehorse and travelling along the way:
The ‘big bird’, getting ready to leave Vancouver.
Ironically I thought, considering the time of year and flying straight North, this was the smoothest flight I have ever taken in my life and I’ve taken quite a few. Air North’s service was fantastic!
When we arrived in Whitehorse, a perfect stranger offered us a ride into the city as there were no taxis readily available. Our first taste of the friendly True North hospitality.
Our dear Mitzi, ready for take-off. She did great!!!!
And of course, she was a big hit with the passengers and crew. Her little nose was wetter than usual…sigh!
Joe, also ready for take-off. His first time moving from the Prairies!!!
This was a real adventure for him.
Our first stop in Whitehorse, The Yukon Inn.
Of note, this hotel had a fireplace (complete with a beautiful Christmas tree) in the lobby specifically there for people to come in and warm up!
Nice touch, I thought .
The Alaskan Highway, running through Whitehorse.
Main Street, Whitehorse.
One of the prettiest downtown areas I have ever seen.
Many preserved heritage buildings and beautiful well-designed new ones.
Very clean and well-maintained streets and sidewalks.
The Whitehorse Star building (the daily newspaper)
Yours truly, bundled up, enjoying a walk in the snow!
The Yukon Log ‘Skyscraper’Another unique heritage building. Includes a gift shop and a couple of apartments.
One of the many beautiful painted murals adding to the beauty and charm of Whitehorse.
Inscription on this downtown statue reads:
‘This statue is dedicated to all those who follow their dreams’
Tourist attraction, at the end of Main Street.
This railway provides service in the area (all the way up to Alaska) during the summer months.
A very tall, wooden mountie, in front of the High Country Inn.
Nightfall comes early in December. This photo was taken just after 3:30 in the afternoon!
Hope you enjoyed this Northern cyber-tour! 😉