Known as the Wilder­ness City, the Yukon’s gold nugget of a cap­i­tal is pic­turesque, pris­tine and steeped in his­tory.

Style at Home - - Contents - Dis­cover what makes pris­tine White­horse the gold nugget of the Cana­dian North

Do judge these by their cov­ers: In­spired by Cana­dian land­scapes, lo­cal com­pany Anto Yukon’s small-batch nat­u­ral soaps are as beau­ti­ful in­side as they are out­side.


Wel­come to the land of the mid­night sun! Af­ter you ar­rive, pick up a rental car and drive down­town to check in at the Coast High Coun­try

Inn, where the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge stayed dur­ing their 2016 visit. Walk to the nearby Alpine Or­ganic Bak­ery, a super-cozy eatery, for freshly baked sour­dough bread and fruit juice. Once sated, drive from the city core to Grey Moun­tain. Inch up to the top, park and then hike along the ridge, tak­ing in the views of for­est and blue-green lakes. When you’ve had your fill of cool moun­tain air, drive about 30 min­utes out­side the city to Bean North Cof­fee Roast­ing Co. (6), a quaint café that has a cabin-in-the-woods feel. The Cap­rese sand­wich is de­li­cious with a car­damom latte. Take your bev­er­age to go and head back down the road to the Yukon Wildlife Pre­serve, home to north­ern mam­mals like moun­tain goats, foxes, muskox, lynx and cari­bou. Af­ter strolling the wide paths and watch­ing the an­i­mals frolic, have a re­lax­ing soak at the Takhini Hot Springs, which are two min­utes away. Re­turn to town for din­ner at the Dirty North­ern Public House (2), a hip­ster-chic pub on Main Street. The wood-fired pizza is par­tic­u­larly tasty; try it with a pint of White­horse’s own Yukon Brew­ing beer. (This lo­cal is par­tial to Yukon Gold, an English pale ale).


Start the day with a con­fec­tion and an espresso from Baked Cafe & Bak­ery, which brews beans from White­horse-based Mid­night Sun Cof­fee Roast­ers. Walk around the cor­ner to the MacBride Mu­seum of Yukon His­tory, where you’ll see a taxi­der­mied sev­en­foot-tall griz­zly bear and al­bino moose, as well as a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hibit on the Klondike gold rush of 1898. Next, drive 40 min­utes to the pic­tur-

es­que com­mu­nity of Car­cross

(4). Be sure to stop at the tiny “desert,” of­ten called the world’s small­est, though the sand is ac­tu­ally the re­mains of an an­cient glacial lake. The Car­cross Com­mons, a plaza of shops and bou­tiques, is a good spot for lunch. Feast on the bi­son burger at The Bistro on

Ben­nett and stop for a treat at Cari­bou Cross­ing Cof­fee be­fore head­ing back to White­horse. Hop aboard the S.S. Klondike (3), a stern­wheeler that once trans­ported food and sup­plies to the re­gion; now a Na­tional His­toric Site, the ves­sel is free to ex­plore. Next, walk 10 min­utes to G&P Steak­house & Pizza. The in­ti­mate restau­rant of­fers del­i­ca­cies like Alaskan king crab, honey-gin­ger cala­mari and spanako­pita, as well as an im­pres­sive list of cock­tails. Take ad­van­tage of the long hours of day­light by cap­ping the day off with a stroll along Main Street (1). Pe­ruse fra­grant skin-care prod­ucts made with Yukon botan­i­cals at Aroma Bo­re­alis, and check out lo­cal hand­i­crafts at North End Gallery. The Col­lec­tive Good (5) is an­other must-visit. I’m bi­ased – I hap­pen to work in this Scandi-chic shop – but there’s no deny­ing it’s the coolest in town, of­fer­ing cov­etable Cana­dian-made good­ies, from soaps by Anto Yukon to pot­tery by Cathy Tere­pocki Ce­ram­ics.


Grab a bagel down­town at the Kwan­lin Dün Cul­tural Cen­tre, where Bul­let Hole Bagels bakes its ad­dic­tive bready good­ness. De­vour it dur­ing the 15-minute drive to Miles Canyon, where the emer­ald-toned Yukon River runs be­tween two steep rock walls. Fol­low the marked three­and-a-half-kilo­me­tre walk­ing trail to Canyon City, a stop­ping point for prospec­tors on their way to the gold fields. The scenic route ducks in and out of the for­est as it traces the river. Af­ter your walk, fuel up with lunch back in town at Burnt Toast Café, where ev­ery­thing is de­li­cious (the hearty Hum­ble Salad is a favourite). Pay a visit to the Ka­noe Peo­ple, who will hook you up with all you need for a leisurely paddle down the calm river, in­clud­ing gear and trans­port back down­town. Walk 10 min­utes to Sanchez Cantina

(7) for de­li­cious Mex­i­can food and san­gria. If it’s sunny, get a ta­ble on the pa­tio – it’s one of the few in the city! Fin­ish your trip by soak­ing up White­horse’s strong mu­sic scene: Hit up a live show at The So­cial House.

You smell it be­fore you taste it – the car­damom latte at Bean North Cof­fee Roast­ing Co. is a de­lec­ta­ble pick-me-up when paired with a yummy Cap­rese sand­wich.

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