Whitehorse, The Wilderness City
Welcome to Canadian Relocation Whitehorse, the definitive guide for people relocating or moving to Whitehorse, organized by Categories of interest from Apartment rentals to Weather.
Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon, is laid out on a level river shelf of land bordering a wide bend on the west bank of the Chu Nínkwän (Yukon River). Whitehorse is situated at an elevation of 640 m, at kilometre 1,476 of the Alaska Hwy. The City itself includes downtown Whitehorse, the Marwell industrial area and the Kwanlin Dun Village in Mclntyre, plus urban residential subdivisions.
Established as the Yukon's capital city in 1953, the City of Whitehorse is home to some of the most spectacular scenery, talented artists and innovative businesses in Canada. Situated on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, over 28,000 call Whitehorse home. The City enjoys a healthy economy thanks to a strong business community, which was recognized when Whitehorse was named the top city for entrepreneurs in 2018 by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
Whitehorse has had a history of economic growth and decline cycles. In the early part of this century, the City had a short-lived copper boom which ended shortly after World War I. The construction of the Alaska Highway. Construction of the Canol Pipeline and the Canol Road, and the establishment of an oil refinery at Whitehorse further increased the level of economic activity for a period of time. The boom ceased at the end of World War II with the exodus of military personnel, but by this time Whitehorse had become an important communication and transportation centre. Today, government, trade, tourism and mining are the main economic driving forces within Whitehorse.
Government service industries account for a large percentage share of the labour force. The local economy supports a large and diversified small business base. There is also a significant number of businesses without employees suggesting a high number of home occupations and cottage industries.
The Yukon is big game country. Hunters equipped with a rifle or camera can look for grizzly, brown and black bear, moose, barrenground and woodland caribou, mountain goat, dall and stone sheep, as well as a host of other species of wildlife.
Sport fishing in the Yukon's crystal clear lakes and fast-moving streams and rivers attracts thousands of anglers from all over the world.
Although the summer season is short in the Yukon, the length of the days helps to offset the limited growing period. Whitehorse has about 20 hours during June and 18 hours in July.
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