Black Spruce is located 6 minutes from Whitehorse International Airport and 7 minutes from downtown Whitehorse. Don’t be worried when you first drive up! Black Spruce is at the back corner of a commercial subdivision, directly opposite the largest hydroponic greenhouse in the Yukon. The property borders an undeveloped city park featuring rocky cliffs and a small pond. Once you step onto the boardwalk you are transported into the woods!
Our favourite things to do in the Yukon
The mountain biking network is vast and beautiful in the Yukon, with some of the smoothest and most flowy trails in the country. Beyond the trails in Whitehorse, there are also bike trails to explore in Carcross, Atlin, and Dawson City.
Enjoy Local Produce
There are many great vegetable producers in the Yukon. The Whitehorse Community Fireweed Market takes place every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer and features delicious street food and local products. Right across the road from Black Spruce is the Yukon’s only hothouse vegetable producer. You can buy tomatoes and cucumbers direct at their retail store.
Backpacking is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the Yukon. Some of our favorite backpacking trips are the Slims River in Haines Junction, and in any of the areas near Tombstone Territorial Parks. For a local list of hikes please visit here.
There are plenty of great music festivals in the area, including the Atlin Arts and Music Festival the Dawson City music festival, and the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival.
There are great trail running opportunities throughout the city, but one of our favorite routes is the Yukon River Trail which starts near Grey Mountain.
Travel the Golden Triangle
The golden triangle is a route that can be traveled by bike or car which takes visitors from Whitehorse to Skagway through the White Pass, by ferry to Haines Alaska, then returns through the Haines Pass to Whitehorse. This route will take you through spectacular mountain scenery and gives a taste of rural coastal Alaska.
Available Light Film Festival
Every February the Yukon Film Society hosts the Available Light Film Festival, which features over 30+ feature films and 50+ shorts, including many locally produced films.
The Yukon features some incredible and challenging packrafting trips, such as the Parton River in the Haines pass or more epic trips such as the Donjek in Kluane National Park.
Depending on the summer, it’s likely that the water will be a bit chilly. On a warm summer day a great local swimming hole is Long Lake, past the hospital on the East side of the Yukon River.
Take a drive to the Haines Pass to see grizzly bears, or visit a variety of animals in the more confined setting of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.
Opportunities for whitewater kayaking and canoeing are abound. From local day trips, such as the Yukon River or more advanced runs such as the Jarvis near Haines Junction, to longer multi-day trips in the Peel Watershed – there is a trip for everyone.
Yukon Black Spruce borders one of the most popular rock-climbing areas in the City of Whitehorse. Pick from several bolted or top rope routes just a few minutes’ walk from the cabins.
Explore the Dempster
Nothing is more magical than the Tombstone and Ogilvie Mountain ranges along the Dempster highway. Opportunities for backpacking and hiking abound in the region, including the popular Grizzly Lake backpacking route.
“If you drive seven minutes from downtown Whitehorse…you’ll find what feels like a secret.”
– What’s Up Yukon