Why This Cute Canadian Town Is The Ultimate Destination For Your Next Solo Travel

Solo travel is an increasingly popular way to explore the world, offering a unique opportunity for personal growth and the freedom to tailor your experience to your interests. But when choosing a destination, it's crucial to consider factors relevant to a lone adventurer, such as the friendliness of the local people and the kinds of activities offered. Enter Whitehorse, a charming riverfront town of over 28,000 people that's also the capital of Yukon, Canada. 

Known for its kind-hearted locals and small-town vibe, it's where you can enjoy serene moments alone in nature or mingle with the friendly locals when you feel like it, providing a nice balance. Whitehorse caught the eye of Janice Waugh, founder of Solo Traveler, who described her experience in her blog. "Parts of the town are stunning. The urban area is okay. It is the people who make the difference," says Waugh. 

Living in a place where moose outnumber people nearly two to one, the locals appreciate their fellow humans, making them an exceptionally friendly bunch. This is always a good thing when you're on your own in Yukon. It means that you can approach the burly flannel, clad guy on the street to ask him where to buy bear spray, and the same guy probably won't mind helping you pull your car out of a snowbank if you happen to be stuck.  

Why Whitehorse appeals to lone adventurers

It's wonderful knowing that locals may strike up a conversation with you at a bar or even invite you to join them for dinner. However, many solo travelers are seeking solitude in nature, which Whitehorse offers in spades. In fact, there are a multitude of ways to immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness around town, like hiking in the gorgeous Miles Canyon, canoeing or kayaking on the Yukon River, or cross-country skiing at the Whitehorse Nordic Club. Adding to the allure of the destination, especially for solo travelers on a budget, many nature-based activities in Whitehorse are low-cost or free. 

For a solo retreat that's awash in vibrant color, book yourself into a cabin or B&B in the middle of winter and gaze up in wonder at the northern lights. The Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast claims that when the aurora borealis is active, guests can see it from different locations right on the property. While there's no guarantee that you'll spot the lights when visiting Hidden Valley or other areas around Whitehorse, your chances are best from January through mid-April, when the skies are darkest. For up-to-date information on northern light-viewing conditions, check the aurora forecast on the University of Alaska's website. 

Other things to do around Whitehorse

Aside from catching the northern lights, solo travelers might also enjoy exploring the town's interesting culture and food scene. The four-story MacBride Museum, for example, is a great place to learn about the region, with fascinating exhibits on the area's wildlife and First Nations People and important historical events like the Klondike Gold Rush. History buffs may also appreciate touring the S.S. Klondike, one of Canada's last steam-powered paddlewheelers, permanently dry-docked on the Yukon River. At the Yukon Arts Centre, visitors can dip into the local arts scene, shaped by an inclusive community of First Nations, LGBTQC, differently-abled, and other creatives. 

If you're visiting Whitehorse during summer, don't miss the foodie action at the Fireweed Market, the largest outdoor market in the territory that takes place every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. along the riverfront. At this market, you'll discover an array of food trucks and bakers whose products emphasize locally grown, raised, and wild-harvested ingredients. Local artisans are also present, selling their wares, while street musicians provide live entertainment. The market is named after brilliant pink fireweed, the official flower of the Yukon, which has both traditional medicinal and culinary uses.