Alaskan Bike Trip - Golden Circle Tour
Champagne to Whitehorse

June 29, 2006

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In the morning we had a tour of the model native village by Harold, who worked with tribal elders to create the village and preserve the culture. Leaving Champagne, we returned to the main Alaskan HW and continued southeast to the Yukon River, crossing several tributaries as we wound our way into Whitehorse.  The capitol of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse is a city of 24,000 on the banks of the Yukon River. We spend the night at the Yukon Inn and had dinner at a local restaurant.
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Harold demonstrates snare to capture animals

Shelter covered by animal hides

Building built from spruce logs

Log cabin built by Harold's grandfather

Modern facilities at Indian village

Back on the Alaskan HW headed to Whitehorse

Typical terrain along Alaskan Highway

Entering Whitehorse
About Whitehorse

Whitehorse is a Canadian city, the territorial capital of the Yukon, with a population of about 24,000. It is at Historic Mile 918 of the Alaska Highway and is the former terminus of the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway from Skagway, Alaska (although the rails are still there, the train only goes as far as Carcross now). At the head of navigation on the Yukon River, the city was an important supply and stage centre during the Klondike Gold Rush. It has been the territorial capital since 1953, when the seat was moved from Dawson City after the construction of the Klondike Highway. Whitehorse is in the mountain climate region, the tundra soil region, the arctic vegetation region, and the boreal cordillera ecozone.

The city gets its name from the White Horse rapids, which were said to look like the mane of a white horse. The rapids have disappeared under Schwatka Lake behind a hydroelectric dam, which was completed in 1958.

Nowadays Whitehorse is a government town, with excellent facilities for visitors and locals to enjoy. It is the home of the main campus of Yukon College. A $60 million (CAD) Multiplex centre has been built for the Canada Winter Games in 2007. Whitehorse also previously hosted the 1972, 1980, 1986, 1992 and 2000 Arctic Winter Games.

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