Downtown Whitehorse

Things to do in whitehorse

Check out the best local attractions and exciting year-round events

Whitehorse, Yukon’s capital and only city, showcases breathtaking natural beauty and a host of intriguing attractions that will delight every visitor. Located on the edge of the downtown district, one block from the Yukon River, Coast High Country Inn places many of Whitehorse’s most noteworthy points of interest within your reach. 

Check out the historic S.S. Klondike Sternwheeler, just steps from our doors, or hop aboard the waterfront trolley and discover the city in style. There are plenty of interesting museums to visit, including MacBride Museum of Yukon History. Feeling thirsty? Stop by a local brewery and take a tour. 

Exciting events occur throughout the year, too, like the Available Light Film Festival, Yukon Quest and the popular Yukon Energy Dempster to Dawson City Solstice Race. If you need additional advice on things to do and see while you’re in Whitehorse, just ask! 


Takhini Hot Springs

Takhini Hot Springs

Distance from Hotel: 30KM

Relax and unwind in the natural mineral waters of our beautiful local hot springs.

S.S. Klondike Sternwheeler

S.S. Klondike Sternwheeler

Distance from Hotel: 400 meters

The Klondike was the largest of the sternwheeler fleet that commanded the river in the early 20th century. 

Snowboard stuck in snow

Mount Sima

Distance from Hotel: 14KM

Located right inside the Whitehorse city limit, this great snow park offers winter and summer fun for the whole family.

Miles Canyon & Robert Lowe Bridge

Miles Canyon & Robert Lowe Bridge

Distance from Hotel: 8KM

Located minutes from downtown Whitehorse, Robert Lowe Bridge spans Miles Canyon. 

Two elk

Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Distance from Hotel: 29KM

There's no better place to witness Yukon wildlife in their natural habitat than at this preserve, which features a five-kilometre loop and guided bus tours.

Grizzly bears at museum

MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Distance from Hotel: 1KM

Explore the history and heritage of Yukon at this museum, which is home to over 40,000 photographs, artifacts and documents.

Draft beer on barrel

Yukon Brewing Company

Distance from Hotel: 3KM

Sip a quality beer at this award-winning brewery, which features a selection of seasonal and year-round offerings and tours.

Exterior of Yukon Transportation Museum

Yukon Transportation Museum

Distance from Hotel: 7KM

Get a sense of the Yukon way of life at this fascinating museum, which offers exhibits focused on transport in the region.

Ice skate shoes

City of Whitehorse - Canada Games Centre

Distance from Hotel: 4KM

This multi-purpose venue offers access to an aquatic centre, arenas, fieldhouse, a fitness centre and a track.

Draft beer flight

Winterlong Brewing Co

Distance from Hotel: 9KM

Stop in and sample a craft beer from this small brewery, which also serves a tasty food menu.

Shoes walking on train tracks

Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum

Distance from Hotel: 9KM

For a fun and informative experience, bring your family to Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum.

Lake surrounded by pine trees

Chadburn Lake Recreation Area

Distance from Hotel: 2KM

Enjoy recreation trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing


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Wonderhorse Emerging Arts & Music Festival

2020-05-01 00:00:00 : Varoius times

Yukon's local talent takes centre stage at this yearly festival, featuring visual and performing arts and music highlighting the creative diversity of the region.

Guitar with blue lights

Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival

2020-06-01 00:00:00

A can't-miss event for bluegrass fans, the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival is held in Haines Junction and offers both local and international performances.

Indigneous tribal member

National Indigenous Peoples Day

2020-06-01 00:00:00 : All Day

Celebrate and commemorate the history, legacy and achievements of Canada's Indigenous people's at this all-day event, which is held throughout the country.


Yukon Culinary Festival

2020-08-01 00:00:00

Celebrate Yukon's culture and cuisine at this summer festival, which features local food and plenty of fun activities.

Draft beers

Yukon Beer Festival

2020-10-01 00:00:00 : Varoius times

This annual festival, held in the fall, celebrates beer culture of craftsmanship. Sample a variety of beers from all over the territory.

Axe in tree

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

2021-02-12 00:00:00 - 2021-02-28 00:00:00

Founded in 1964, Rendezvous celebrates Yukon's cultures in ways that are fun, engaging and participatory: wonderful performances, breathtaking events and exciting competitions!

Legs running a race

Yukon Energy Dempster to Dawson City Solstice Race

2021-06-05 00:00:00

Held on the longest day of the year, this race travels from the Klondike River valley into historic Dawson City. Run or walk under the midnight sun!

Canoe on river surrounded by lush greenery and mountains

The Yukon River Quest Canoe And Kayak Race

2021-06-23 00:00:00 - 2021-06-26 00:00:00

Check out the world’s longest annual kayak and canoe race!

Exterior of Coast High Country Inn


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