Canada – Whitehorse Day 1

Day 1 of a 3-Day Trip in Whitehorse

We headed to Whitehorse for a Summer weekend to attend our friends’ wedding. We actually spent 4 days in Whitehorse, but one of the days was devoted to the wedding. Despite being summer (last weekend of August), it was quite chilly. Definitely sweater weather! I was told by the locals that this weather was not common and they expected it to be warmer at this time of the year. Whitehorse is located in the Yukon, one of the three Canadian territories. It is a great spot to view the Northern Lights, with the best time being from August to April.

Day 1


I landed in Whitehorse around lunch time. There are direct flights from Vancouver through Air North or Air Canada. The flight is 2.5 hours long. I highly suggest flying Air North – the flights are cheaper than Air Canada, you get a small meal, a beverage AND a warm cookie! After picking up our luggage and sorting out the rental car, we visited Alpine Bakery for an afternoon snack. They have a great selection of breads, pastries, and beverages. I ordered the pesto and cheese pastry and a green tea latte.

Next, we headed to Miles Canyon. The swift-moving water flowing through the canyon played a large role in the canyon’s appearance. During the Gold Rush, many lives were lost attempting to traverse the rapids to deliver supplies. After the railway was constructed, Miles Canyon did not need to be used. The hydroelectric dam has also help to tame the rapids. We parked near the Robert Lowe Bridge and wandered the trails snapping pictures of Miles Canyon from all angles. The trails were quite muddy due to the rain.

After Miles Canyon, head to Deep Dark Brewing and Winterlong Brewing for drinks! Deep Dark Brewing only does pick-up (no dine-in), but they welcome curious guests wanting to see their brewing operation. They are less than a 5 minute drive from Miles Canyon. Note: We actually headed to the wedding rehearsal dinner after Miles Canyon.

For dinner, head to Miner’s Daughter/Dirty Northern or Klondike Rib or Salmon. Klondike Rib or Salmon is open seasonally and is the best rated restaurant in Whitehorse. I did not get a chance to visit, but my friends who did highly praised the food.

After dinner, head to Sheep Camp. This spot is a bit hidden (it does not show up on Google Maps). It is beside Miner’s Daughter/Dirty Northern on the second floor. We ordered a few drinks and calamari to end the night.

Finally, it was time to head to our Airbnb in the woods. We were also lucky enough to see the Northern Lights! What a great way to end our first night in Whitehorse!

Northern Lights

Complete Day 1 Itinerary

*Travel times may vary. Check Google Maps for most accurate travel details.

9:00am: Fly to Whitehorse (2.5 hour flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse).

12:00pm: Have lunch at Alpine Bakery (8 minute drive from Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport).

1:00pm: Visit Miles Canyon (10 minute drive from Alpine Bakery). Wander the trails.

4:00pm: Visit Deep Dark Wood Brewing (4 minute drive from Miles Canyon). Have a drink at Winterlong Brewing (1 minute drive from Deep Dark Wood Brewing).

6:00pm: Have dinner downtown Whitehorse (10 minute drive from Winterlong Brewing). Suggestions: Miner’s Daughter/Dirty Northern or Klondike Rib or Salmon.

8:00pm: Have drinks at Sheep Camp (1 minute walk from Miner’s Daughter/Dirty Northern or 5 minute walk from Klondike Rib or Salmon).

10:00pm: Keep your eye out for the Northern Lights!

3-Day Whitehorse Itinerary

Click “Download” below for an excel version of my 3-Day Whitehorse Itinerary. Feel free to use the excel file as a planning template for your own trip in the Whitehorse!

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