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Whitehorse, Capital of Yukon
It was incorporated in and is located at kilometre Historic Mile on the Alaska Highway in southern Yukon. Whitehorse's downtown and Riverdale areas occupy both shores of the Yukon River , which originates in British Columbia and meets the Bering Sea in Alaska. The city was named after the White Horse Rapids for their resemblance to the mane of a white horse, near Miles Canyon , before the river was dammed. Because of the city's location in the Whitehorse valley and relative proximity to the Pacific Ocean , the climate is milder than comparable northern communities such as Yellowknife. As of the census , the population was 25, Archeological research south of the downtown area, at a location known as Canyon City , has revealed evidence of use by First Nations for several thousand years. The surrounding area had seasonal fish camps and Frederick Schwatka , in , observed the presence of a portage trail used to bypass Miles Canyon. Before the Gold Rush, several different tribes passed through the area seasonally and their territories overlapped. The discovery of gold in the Klondike in August, , by Skookum Jim , Tagish Charlie and George Washington Carmack set off a major change in the historical patterns of the region.
Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory of Canada, is a major northern hub. It is the largest community in Yukon, with more than 70 percent of Yukon's population living there. Its diversity includes French immersion programs and French schools and it has a strong Filipino community, amongst others. Whitehorse has a young and active population, and the city has many amenities you might be surprised to find in the North. There's a Canada Games Centre, which people attend every day.
Read More. Not immediately appealing, Whitehorse rewards the curious. It has a well-funded arts community with an especially vibrant visual arts community , good restaurants and a range of motels. Exploring the sights within earshot of the rushing Yukon River can easily take a day or more.
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