Welcome to Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon. This city is incredible. It may seem quaint to you, but what Yukoners know is that they have a vast wilderness as their backyard, they have a river whose water provides electric power to the whole town except in the most extreme cold, and they have nothing to prove to you. I learned all this on my first day in Whitehorse before the sun went down, largely because the sun didn’t go down till nearly midnight. The above photo was taken around 9pm.
Whitehorse’s population was estimated to be about 26.8k in 2010, and it’s growing rapidly, thanks to mining. If you’re looking to invest in real estate, know that due to the difficulty of getting building materials up here, plus the increasing demand, the prices just keep a-rising. Actually, scratch that — if you’re looking to ship some building materials a long way, look to the Yukon.
They also have fabulous schools for kids, many of them French immersion (oddly, I did hear there was a shooting range in the basement of one of the elementary schools until recently) and outdoor activities galore for all seasons. I can see why people come back and back and why certain folks eventually stay for good.
Here are some other things they have in town:
More soon — going to shut the curtains as tightly as I can and sleep.
Annie is a guest of the Canadian Tourism Commission, but opinions, nonsense, and other notions expressed here are her own.