2001 population: 19,058
(Source: Statistics Canada)
Whitehorse is in the territory of Yukon Territory. It is on the Yukon River. The city is the territorial capital.
The community was named for the nearby Whitehorse Rapids.
The White Pass railway, terminating in Whitehorse, was a crucial supply line during construction of the Alaska Highway in the 1940s.
Well-known residents have included:
· Pierre Berton, author
Local festivals include:
· Yukon International Storytelling Festival - Aug. 17-19, 2007
· Frostbite Music Festival - Feb. 10-13, 2007
· Sourdough Rendezvous Festival - Feb. 15-18, 2007
· Celebration of Swans - April 14-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Whitehorse web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: MacBride Museum, Yukon Archives, Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, Yukon Transportation Museum, Old Log Church Museum, Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, Yukon Cultural Services Branch
Colleges and universities: Yukon College