Our first full day in Whitehorse started with a tour bus trip around the city. The campground is south of the city; on the way there, a turnoff to Miles Canyon is marked. We stopped at a viewpoint overlooking the canyon prior to heading downtown. When the first stampeders came up from their long journey towards the gold fields, they had to cross the Yukon river. Miles Canyon was a real challenge, with cliffs that narrow significantly and speed the flow of the river, lots of boiling rapids, etc. It has been tamed to some degree, with a dam that generates , most of the electricity for the province. It’s still an impressive sight, though. I wouldn’t want to fall in, that’s for sure.
After driving through downtown and getting a rundown on some of the buildings and history of Whitehorse, we went to the S.S. Klondike. It was one of the steamships that traversed the long distance from Whitehorse to Dawson City during the summer months. We watched a very interesting movie on the steamships, then toured the ship. Our guide, MC, even changed into a period costume (1930s) and had a lot of stories to tel as we wandered about.
We happened to be in Whitehorse on the day of Riverquest 2019. This is a 715 kilometer (445 mile) race open to canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards. You can compete as an individual, duo, or larger group. They get two breaks during the race. The finish line is in Dawson City, and this year they had 117 entries. The race began at noon; the boats are all lined up along a sandbar with handlers there to help launch them. The racers are gathered up on the road, and at the signal they run from the road to their boat, jump in and take off. We got to see the start; there was quite a crowd watching and cheering. I can’t imagine standing on a paddle board for a race of this length.
After the race was launched, we were back to the RV park. I spent most of the afternoon and evening trying to update my blog. WiFi wasn’t great, and the 0.5 GB limit by Verizon didn’t help. Little did I know it would get way worse…
I worked until my clock said 11pm! My windows were open and it still looked like it was 7pm by the amount of daylight. I took a few pics to show you what 11pm in the Yukon looks like.