Whitehorse, Yukon

We arrived in Whitehorse around 4 pm after a spectacular drive in from Watson Lake. The road was excellent with only a few sections of seal coat and even those weren’t too bad. We are staying at Pioneer RV Park on the south side of Whitehorse for 3 days. The park is essentially a large gravel parking lot with RVs parked side to side. We have full hook up sites with cable TV and wifi but neither work very well. As soon as we arrived, the skies opened as we checked in and began setting up. A thunderstorm rolled right over top of us and it actually hailed for sometime which was odd because it was quite warm out. We just sat in the motorhome and waited it all out. The park was a big muddy mess after the storm but things dried out fairly quickly and the maintenance crew graded the whole park the following day, so it wasn’t too bad.

Saturday was a busy day spent touring around Whitehorse which is right on the Yukon river. Our first visit was to the Muktuk Kennels about 12 miles north of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway. They have 129 sled dogs there and we all left with more than a few favourites of our own. Chris loved the litter of 10 week old puppies. Definitely worth a visit but the road into the kennels is quite far in off the highway and was pretty steep and muddy in places. The girls picked up our Yukon passport tourism paasports so we had to go to certain landmarks and get stamped. Once we are done in the Yukon, we have to turn in our passports and will be entered in a draw for a gold nugget. It is a great way to see many of the tourist sites in the Yukon. We had absolutely the best fish and chips we have ever had at Klondike Ribs and Salmon and made a note to return there on our way back south. We enjoyed a stop at Starbucks too. The Walmart parking lot was simply packed with RVs. There were at least 20 rigs in there. We were told that the tour busses even include the Walmart on their sightseeing route so people can see all the RVs parked there. Lots of hikers and kayakers in town.

We picked up a few groceries at Super Store and I also made a trip to Canadian Tire to pick up a new trailer plug adapter for the connection from our motorhome to our toad. One of the brake light connections wasn’t working all the time and the pins in the connector plug just couldn’t be repaired well enough. My sister in law, Pat, and her husband, Bob, popped by the campground on their way back from July 4th celebrations in Skagway. We were all invited up to their place for a wonderful supper and evening. Jim and I didn’t realize there were so many different type of scotch whiskies.
Sunday was another spectacular day weatherwise. We all went to see the suspension bridge over Miles Canyon in the morning before going our separate ways. Jim and Jane also have family in Whitehorse and they spent the rest of the day with them. Chris and I were treated to a marvelous hike up Canyon mountain with Bob and Pat. We parked the car at the bottom and followed a service road up the mountain to the telephone microwave towers at the top. The panoramic view of the valley from the top was absolutely breathtaking. We were all pooped by the time we got down. Must have been 6-7 miles in total but we did it and were very thankful for this unexpected view of Whitehorse. We arrived back at Bob and Pat’s home around 6 pm to find their expected company had just arrived. Ron and Lois were on an Alaskan tour from Ontario and had just driven down from Dawson City, so we had all kinds of questions for them. We arrived home after 10 pm, still in broad day light and poured ourselves into bed. Being tourists is hard work! We are heading off to Dawson City on Monday morning. We’ll likely take two days together, dry camping somewhere on the way there. What a life! Almost forgot….Chris celebrated another birthday on Saturday. She has caught up with me temporarily.

2 Comments

  1. Mark and Chris July 8, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    Hi Barb,

    Loved Dawson City. Our toad took quite a beating coming into Dawson with the gravel and dust. Don't think we'll hook up until after the ferry across the Yukon river. Very enjoyable trip so far. No gold in our pans this morning unfortunately either.

  2. Johnson's bus stops July 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS, YOU DONT LOOK A SINGLE DAY OLDER, ENJOY DAWSON CITY, ARE YOU TAKING THE TOP OF THE WORLD HIGHWAY?? JUST SO JIM AND MARK KNOW THE KING WILL BE IN SOLDOTNA AND ABOUT A WEEK, WILL BE GOOD FISHING