Book early!!! Whitehorse's busy tourist season is very much concentrated in July and August. Airline, car rental, hotel, and campground reservations should all be made well in advance, if possible.
Information about visiting the Yukon, including how to get here, can be found at the Yukon Government Department of Tourism & Culture website.
Whitehorse is easily accessible by air, road and sea.
Travel By Air
- For reservations by phone or flight inquiries please call:
- 1-800-661-0407 x 1 (within North America) or
- 1-867-668-2228 ext. 1 (local).
- Online reservations are simple and convenient.
- Go to www.flyairnorth.com
- Select your routing and number of passengers
- Enter Promotion Code: NAOC2018 in the promo code box
If this is your first time traveling on Air North, Yukon’s Airline, you will want to create a customer log-in ID which can be done during the booking process.
If you have purchased a ticket with Air North previously, please use the customer log- in ID that already exists with your information. The customer log-in ID is where credit files are stored if flights are cancelled.
Travel By Road
All access roads (indeed, most roads) in the Yukon are paved. There are some gravel roads (e.g. the Dempster Highway), but they are well maintained, all-weather roads. If you are bringing your own car, or are renting, you will do just fine in a compact car.
Road access to Whitehorse is via the Alaska Highway, originating in Dawson Creek, BC. and terminating near Fairbanks, Alaska. This 2300km (1400mi) highway is an all-weather paved road.
The distance from Edmonton to Whitehorse is 2010km. Driving time from Edmonton is approximately 22-24 hours (allow 2-3 days).
An alternative route to Whitehorse is via the scenic Stewart-Cassiar Highway (BC Highway 37), originating in Kitimat, BC and terminating at the Alaska Highway about 20km west of Watson Lake, YT. This makes possible a circle route, starting in Dawson Creek and returning via the Stewart-Cassier Hwy (or vice versa).
There is also road access to Whitehorse from Haines, Alaska and Skagway, Alaska. Driving time to Skagway is 1.5 hours. Driving time to Haines is 4-5 hours.
Travel By Sea
You can also get to Whitehorse by sea via the Alaska Marine Highway (coastal ferry) with departures as far south as Bellingham, Washington, USA. Once you arrive in Skagway or Haines (both in Alaska), you will need ground transportation to Whitehorse. Bus service from Skagway is available from Yukon Alaska Tours. Part of the journey (from Skagway to the Canadian border at Fraser or even further to Carcross, Yukon) can be made on the scenic Whitepass and Yukon Route Railway.
Cell Phones In The Yukon
Please see here for information on using cell phones while in the Yukon. Note that there is no GSM service in the Yukon.