Serenity and beauty abound in the true north. Imagining a snowy excursion this winter?
Why not plan a trip to Canada’s majestic North and pack your down jacket for Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. Vast white and snow cross this big, broad land. Founded during the Canadian gold rush, the capital of the Yukon once lured prospectors to the rapids of the Yukon River, the promise of gold on their minds. While the gold is long gone, your experience will be a treasure for sure. This sub-Arctic destination is very cold in winter but unlike other far north locations, remains light and bright, the sun shining all year round. Whitehorse is the perfect spot to see the Northern Lights, try some ice fishing or fly across the icy tundra pulled by a pack of dogs. Come experience the magic and meet the friendly folk that make Whitehorse their home.
Holes in the ice
What could be more authentic than ice fishing in the far north than being perched in a camp chair, hole carved in the ice, waiting with your fishing rod to tug from the freezing cold waters below. This is an experience everyone who travels to the Yukon should try. Up North Adventures will zoom you across Fish Lake on a snowmobile to the perfect ice spot to drop your line. Guides will teach you how to use an auger to make a perfect circle in the ice, in the hopes that your line will attract a lake trout or arctic grayling, who’s destiny it is to be grilled on an open flame right on the ice. Have no fear, the temperatures are so cold and the ice so thick, the flames stand no chance of melting anything out on the lake.
After an afternoon spent out fishing for your dinner, you might want to fill up a flash with something warm and jump in the car for a drive to the perfect location to view Aurora Borealis. A mere five minutes out of Whitehorse and the city lights will be gone, leaving a dark and peaceful night sky above. Make sure you’ve packed a few blankets; you could be outside staring up at the sky for a while. The ribbony effect of the Northern Lights cannot always be seen and will put on a show for only the most patient of visitors. If you’d rather have a guide drive you around and take you to some unknown viewing spots, the Aurora Borealis & Northern Lights Tours Yukon offers a truly hospitable service including roaring campfire and hot toddies.
Looking for something with a little more adrenaline? Book a dogsledding tour with Muktuk Adventures and be transported across the frozen surface of Takhini River at great speed. Wind in your hair, outfitted in perfect mushing gear, you will marvel at the strength and resilience of the four powerful dogs pulling you across the ice.
In from the cold
After all the adventure outside, you’ll need a few local places to tuck into some delicious food and the cuisine is not all about fish. For a taste of the Mediterranean, find a table at Giorgio’s Cuccina and savor a blend of Italian and Greek dishes. Filling pastas will warm your belly after hours spent in the cold, as will a bottle of red from the extensive wine selection on offer. A great spot for a hearty lunch is the Kebaberry, serving shish-kebabs, shawarma and falafel. These spicy, exotic dishes may seem out of place in the land of ice and snow. Do not let this deter you, the food is flavorful and well prepared. On occasion during dinner service, the Kebaberry really heats things up with a belly dancing show.
Created by Lynn May Gosselin