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Whitehorse

SS Klondike on the banks of the mighty Yukon River     
Located on the Yukon River, Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory . . .

In addition, the Capital region surrounding Whitehorse offers a number of recreational opportunities.

 

Annual Outdoor Events

In late January and early February, the Fulda Challenge brings together teams from all over the world to compete in various kinds of extreme competition on a merciless wilderness route from Skagway, Alaska to the Arctic Circle via Whitehorse.

In February, Whitehorse is the starting point for the Yukon Arctic Ultra. The world's coldest and toughest marathon and ultra for runners, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. Apart from the marathon, 100 and 300 mile (161 and 483 km) races, a race all the way from Whitehorse to Dawson City is now part of the event.

In February, the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race covers a distance of 1000 miles (1610 km) between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska. In odd years, the race begins in Whitehorse, & in even years, the race begins in Fairbanks.

In April, the Celebration of Swans offers great viewing of thousands of swans and other waterbirds on their spring migration.

In June, the 24 Hours of Light Mountain Bike Event takes place on the forested trails around Mount McIntyre. Solo cyclists and teams of all ages & experience participate.

In June, the Midnight Sun Golf Tournament at Meadowview Golf Course features a pair of 18 hole tournaments encompassing stroke play and a four person scramble.

In late June, the Yukon River Quest starts in Whitehorse's Main Street with a Le Mans style run to the boats on the history-rich Yukon River.  The longest canoe and kayak race in the world draws expert and novice paddlers from many countries in tandem canoes and kayaks, solo kayaks and voyageur canoes.  The race ends in Dawson City in early July.

In July, the Mountainview Golf Course hosts the Championship. The event is an 18-hole stroke play tournament.

In August, the Yukon River Trail Marathon is run on the scenic trails of the Yukon River valley. Events include a marathon, a half-marathon and a four-person relay.

In September, the Klondike of '98 International Road Relay begins in Skagway, Alaska and follows the trail of the gold rush stampeders over the famous White Pass, through British Columbia, & finishes in Whitehorse along the banks of the Yukon River. Teams of 6 to 10 participants run in various categories over paved highways throughout the night & into the next day.

Throughout December, Whitehorse hosts snowmobile drags, enduro & sno cross races.

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