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Nicknamed "The Wilderness City", Whitehorse is home to many outdoor enthusiasts who would love to share their trails with you. Paddlers, bikers and hikers alike will feel right at home in Whitehorse. The lakes, rivers and mountains make for an ideal playground.
Left your canoe, bike or kayak at home? No problem. There are several outfitters in town that will rent you top notch equipment, and even offer guided multi-day tours. There are great hikes starting right in town. Pick up a copy of Whitehorse Hikes & Bikes at one of our bookstores, or pick up a free trail guide at City Hall or the Visitors Information Centre. And don’t forget the mighty Yukon River flows right through Whitehorse. It’s the perfect river for a long trip. 10-12 days of gentle paddling, for even the novice to experience, will take you to Dawson City and the home of the Klondike. You’re guaranteed to see lots of wildlife enroute and there are plenty of places to camp onshore. In summer the cross country ski trails that surround Whitehorse are made for mountain biking and our long, dry summer days give you plenty of time on the trails!
For those who simply want an afternoon outdoors, take a stroll on the millennium trail. This five-kilometer paved loop beginning downtown is popular with both visitors and locals, and makes for a great lunch time walk. There are many parks in town, ideal for a picnic, volleyball, tossing around a Frisbee or having a nap.
The winter is also a great time for outdoor activity. Go dog sledding, skiing or play a good old fashioned game of pond hockey, a Canadian tradition. Grab a thermos of hot coffee and head out by snowmobile and explore the wilderness on a winter afternoon. In Whitehorse there is an activity for everyone all year long.