Whitehorse: Young Hospitality

Last week I went to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, for the first time for a work project, which I won’t write about just yet. While my first trip there was only for 4 nights, I was blown away by the friendliness of this small town city. It wasn’t as cold as it could get for the end of October, so we had just above freezing temperatures all week.



We were invited to tour the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre. During our tour they told us that they were launching a book called ‘Listen to the stories’ about their journey to independence. We went, and it was a powerful night. The Kwanlin Dun were among the first group of Canada’s First Nations to achieve self-governance, and they are very proud of their achievements. The building itself is beautiful, well-executed, and holds a sense of the sacred when you walk through it. I’ve taken some videos of the celebration.

While the Kwanlin Dun showcased it’s hard work, as I returned to my hotel, I could see the areas of the town that didn’t succeed as well.

That evening, an 80-year-old gentlemen told us we should ditch our return flights so he could take us on a tour of all sorts of areas. We said we’d be back, and he was pleased to hear it. Everyone was so friendly, and its a young city. Anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit would do well.

IThe number of fantastic restaurants in the city were amazing. I think I haven’t eaten that well since I was on our honeymoon with my husband. The wait staff impressed me wherever we went, so did the local architect we’re working with. I can’t wait to head back, even into the frigid winter temperatures. I plan to take in an extra day, see the Northern Lights if I can, and maybe even go dog-sledding.

I took a whole mess of pictures, check them out in my Flickr Photostream.

What do you think?

What should I do on my next trip up north? You can let me know in the comments below, or you can find me on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

3 thoughts on “Whitehorse: Young Hospitality

    • Very much enjoyed your thing on Canyon City. I was born and raeisd in Whitehorse over 40 years ago and have been an avid history buff ever since. Presently I write articles for northern publications such as the yukoner magazine and the Colourfull five percent. One often overlooked chapter in Yukon’s history is the saga of Herschel Island. I have a long piece in the Yukoner Mag that brings it to light. The mag is avaliable at the Whitehorse Public Library through the inter-library loan. Anyway thanks for your interest in our history. Dick


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