Day 15 – Whitehorse

We spent the day sightseeing in Whitehorse. We started with the Beringia Interpretive Center where we learned about the northern part of the Yukon that was ice free during the last glacial period and was inhabited by Mammoths, Scimitar Cats, giant sloth, giant beavers and humans. Next we went into town and had lunch then toured the S.S. Klondike, one the last steamships to ply the Yukon between Whitehorse and Dawson City. It was retired in the 1950′s. We finished the day relaxing at the Takhini Hot Springs, very nice. The name sounds pleasant until you learn that Takhini is derived from the local native words for mosquito river.

York Boat on Lake Laberge. A couple of Voyageur reenactors were camped on the lake.

York Boat on Lake Laberge. A couple of Voyageur reenactors were camped on the lake.

Wooly Mammoth at the Beringia Interpretive Center

Wooly Mammoth at the Beringia Interpretive Center

The SS Klondike National Historic Site in Whitehorse

The SS Klondike National Historic Site in Whitehorse

Downtown Whitehorse from the deck of the SS Klondike

Downtown Whitehorse from the deck of the SS Klondike

Takhini Hot Springs

Takhini Hot Springs