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Port of Whitehorse (Yukon)

Whitehorse, the capital city of Canada's Yukon Territory, is the largest municipality in the Yukon by area and is home to about 23,000 residents. Local ordinances prohibit the construction of buildings that rise more than four stories, but otherwise it looks just like any other small city, with office buildings; apartments and houses; big-box chain stores; restaurants and cafes; museums; plenty of outdoor activities; and even its own brewery.

About Whitehorse (Yukon)


Pro

Visitors can enjoy hot springs, indigenous history and even beer from a local microbrewery

Con

Since it's not a cruise port, passengers must visit on pre- or post-cruise land tours

Bottom Line

Whitehorse provides rugged Yukon flavor without sacrificing modern-day amenities


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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency is the Canadian dollar (CAD), but U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere. For the most up-to-date exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language

English is the primary language spoken in Whitehorse.

Food and Drink

Klondike Rib & Salmon: Klondike Rib & Salmon is housed in the two oldest operational buildings in Whitehorse, featuring kitschy decor and charming patio seating under a tented roof. As its name suggests, this seasonal joint is well known in Whitehorse for amazing ribs and fish. Frankly, you'd be hard-pressed to find better food anywhere. The menu includes items like halibut chowder, smoked salmon wraps, pulled wild boar sandwiches, burgers and, of course, ribs. There are also vegetarian-friendly options like veggie burgers and vegetarian delight wraps. We tried one of the restaurant's most popular offerings: halibut fish 'n' chips (with a maple barbecue salmon skewer on the side). Paired with a jar of sweet tea, it ranked in the top 10 meals we've had in our lifetime. Reservations are recommended. (Open daily from Mother's Day to September, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 2116 Second Avenue; 867-667-7554)

Giorgio's Cuccina: This fancy Italian restaurant is ideal for romantic dinners or special occasions. It serves baked goat cheese, steamed mussels, calamari, garlic shrimp, crab and artichoke dip, a selection of pizzas and salads, and seafood pasta, as well as a variety of wines, among other items. We absolutely loved the crab and penne (ordered with white sauce). Reservations are recommended. (Open daily from 4:30 p.m.; 206 Jarvis Street; 867-668-4050)

Baked Cafe & Bakery: For your morning cup of joe, head straight to Baked for delicious coffee that will put the local Starbucks and Tim Horton's to shame. Hungry? Try one of several healthy breakfast items like a bagel sandwich, scone (white, whole wheat or spelt), or vegan muffin. If you're in the mood for pizza, quiche, soup or salad, you're in luck; those are offered, too, with several varieties available, including meat, vegan and vegetarian. (Open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 100 Main Street; 867-633-6291)