Williams Sisters Whitehorse Solstice Tour

A weekend in Yukon is just a tease for your taste buds

A week is a delicious appetizer

Two weeks are a gourmet meal

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 YVR Vancouver Airport

You will be pleasantly surprised with the generosity of Air North,  the magnificent beauty of the Yukon and the warmth of the people #flyairnorth

Awarded Best Marketed Northern Business in the 2015 Frozen Globe Awards Air North          

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Already impressed with the FREE luggage; they take great value a step further!

I was a pleasantly surprised to be treated like a guest and offered a complimentary pillow, blanket and light meal. Air North even takes cash, $5 will get you a quality glass of wine to go with your meal, which could be a delicious moist Ciabatti bun with succulent pulled pork or ham and melted cheese!

Whitehorse, Yukon

“ The Wilderness City”

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20150622_123913 The historically significant and naturally beautiful Yukon River shown in the background above, winds its way through Whitehorse and beyond.  Yukon Energy is a proud sponsor of the Millenium Trail and has created an overview of this and other trails in Whitehorse.  Millenium Trail runs along the river; a circuit that can be accessed downtown, near Rotary Park and the National Historic Site, SS Klondike Steamship. The trail takes about 60 minutes to walk at a quick pace and offers cyclists, in-line skaters, joggers etc., a smooth paved path through a peaceful natural forest. Waterfront Trolley

The Waterfront Trolley is an engaging tourist attraction that also runs alongside the scenic Yukon River, in the historic downtown waterfront area of  Whitehorse. 

Waterfront Trolley, Whitehorse, Yukon
Waterfront Trolley, Whitehorse, Yukon

As one of the previous General Managers for the Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society, who operate the trolley on behalf of the Yukon government; I’m obviously a little biased about how spectacular it is for the whole family!  They society operates two attractions, The Waterfront Trolley, a 1925 generator powered streetcar, that clacks along the narrow gauge tracks between Rotary Park and Chilcoot Center, enthralling visitors with stories about the past and present.   Their other attraction is the  Copperbelt Mining Museum located on the Alaska Highway, just 5 minutes, from downtown. Copper mining, while not as glamorous as gold, played a  significant role in the area, back in the late 1800’s.

Both historic attractions offer visitors an entertaining glimpse into how Whitehorse came to be. Visitors will be awestruck by the wide array of exceptionally talented people showcasing traditional, modern, contemporary and eclectic Music and Art in the Yukon!  Maybe indulge in some great local Yukon Beer from Yukon Brewing.  There is actually a Beer Festival coming up September 25 & 26, 2015! If you love coffee like I do, drop by the Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters, where you can enjoy some fresh, fair traded and/or organic coffee from around the world.

During my trip, I had the pleasure of participating in Whitehorse Nuit Blanche an all night art and music event, held throughout Whitehorse on The Solstice, June 20, 2015.  The event that I participated in was called Cluster Resonance, held at the Waterfront Trolley’s Roundhouse.  Thank you ‪JordyWalker‬ for your musical/artistic installation at the Trolley Roundhouse, in Whitehorse; an ideal space for this experience.  The sound made by a dozen or so people playing their railway tie with a spike in the ‪Roundhouse‬ was ethereal!

Just a few steps along the river from the Roundhouse, brings you to

 Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre

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A visually stunning architectural gem, situated along the Yukon River. Inside you can see and feel the rich history of the Kwanlin Dun people.  The air is filled with a subtle scent of Cedar; an ideal venue with plenty of versatile space; 8 unique rooms, full kitchen and additional space outdoors.

20150621_153204 National Aboriginal Day in Whitehorse It was an amazing experience, seeing the  various talented performers and to  participate in the National Aboriginal  Day Celebrations! To learn more about this and other festive and educational events checkout the links above and below. WHATSUPYUKON.COM

What about the business side of Yukon?  

A unique northern business that has interests in commercial real estate and hotels is Northern Vision Development  This is a partnership that was created in 2004; their mandate is to develop properties & land with growth potential in the Yukon Territory.  Today the partnership generates in excess of $12 Million in revenue annually.  The ownership is shared; 40% First Nations, 50% Yukon as well as several partners from Alberta.  Part of their portfolio includes areas of the Waterfront in Whitehorse. Over the past few years this area has changed significantly, becoming an important part of the city’s business community and a significant tourism attraction.

They were named Best Large Northern Business at the 2015 Frozen Globe Awards. One of the hotels operated by Northern Visions is the Best Western Whitehorse  Their Gold Pan Saloon at the hotel, is a lively venue for music and dancing; enjoy some of Yukon’s best musicians on Friday and Saturday nights 7:30 – 10:30. They also have a large dance floor; you might even catch The Canucks, these musicians were famous in Vegas back in the day and are still going strong!  I sure had a great time dancing the two-step to the Canucks with a few adventurous #Calgarians who were on a road trip riding their Harley’s Calgary Harley-Davidson up to Skagway!

All this touring around makes a girl hungry!

For a true Yukon, gourmet meal, be sure and visit The Wheelhouse Restaurant in Whitehorse, awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence, by Trip Advisor; it is sure to please even the most discerning palette! A relaxing, stylish space, with a combination of contemporary decor and 1930’s era Yukon theme, that pays homage to the history of the stern wheelers that plied the Yukon River. 20150611_190339 Their Chef, Rob Luxemburger and his creations have been featured in international magazines; they’ll dazzle your taste buds!

The menu features unique cuisine, and many regionally sourced ingredients, such as, from Arctic Char, Alaskan Halibut, Bison to international favourites, with a northern touch, such as, Duck Confit, Rack of Lamb, Beef Tenderloin and hand-made Gnocchi.  A unique Casual Elegant dining experience in Whitehorse, created by Owner, Art Webster, a former Minister of Tourism, Yukon. He and his Assistant Manager, Cassandra Stuart and all of the experienced serving staff, certainly understand and practice exceptional customer service. You’ll enjoy listening to their carefully selected background music, representing the best from the past and present, while taking in the panoramic beauty of the Yukon River. Just say Mary sent you

While you are downtown, you might want to visit:

Old Log Church Museum and learn about “Yukon’s Spirited History” it was established in 1900 by Reverend Richard Bowen. The Old Log Church has always played a significant role in the community; a place of worship, friendship and community for residents and visitors.  Also, during WWII, it was a comforting home away from home, for the many military members based in Whitehorse.   Arts in the Park a musical venue showcasing a wide variety of music on a regular basis.  Yukon Artists at Work Co-op Gallery This is a juried artist run, co-operative fine art gallery, with a wide array of stunning Yukon Art.  The Co-operative Art Gallery began in 2003; instrumental founding artists were, Linda Glass, Philomena Carroll and Harreson Tanner.

Visually stunning finds, a few minutes from downtown, up 2 Mile Hill 

The Horse of Whitehorse 11377225_10155620471610363_4696006510420432063_nand take in a the extensive views of the area. There is a fascinating story behind this creation, about the community’s involvement in the creation of this magnificent metal sculpture, created by Artist, Daphne Mennell

 

 

Yukon Arts Centre is about 1 Km from here Yukon Art Centre

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“One pair of Arctic Mittens”

“One Pair of German Socks”

A trip to Yukon wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the breathtaking wilderness!

    Camping at Little Salmon Lake

Little Salmon Lake, Yukon
Little Salmon Lake, Yukon

A tranquil, sunny day is laid out before us, as our boat putters north, along Little Salmon Lake towards our Glampsite where we are greeted with the sweet scent of Birch.

Looks like someone set up house at the Glampsite!

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Delectable Lake Trout

This used to be an 8 pound Lake Trout; we caught 2 in just 20 minutes after we cast our line! The flesh is an unusual colour, as the berries that the fish eat in the lake are orange. 

First Rate Wilderness Chef
First Rate Wilderness Chef
Delicious!
Delicious!

 

 

After a few days of peaceful camping, boating, fishing and cozy campfires, (way before the campfire bans & scorching heat) we headed back to civilization and stopped by, Braeburn Lodge, famous for it’s massive Cinnamon Buns.  It’s too bad we didn’t have room to share one, after a hearty serving of their delicious Homemade Bread & Pea Soup! 20150615_182211

 

 

Looking for a unique place to hold your next conference?

Yukon Convention Bureau “Experience the Rush” let the talented and well-connected team at Yukon Convention Bureau, take care of you and your delegates.  This unique corner of Canada, offers a diverse range of experiences to suit a wide range of tastes, from natural wilderness experiences to sophisticated elegance or better yet, a combination of both!

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