Residents of Whitehorse enjoy an excellent standard of living and according to “Moneysense” magazine we’re the best small City to live in Canada and little wonder. We evidently have the cleanest air in the World and we have one of the best economies in this time of economic uncertainty. Low unemployment, high wages (second in Canada), active healthy lifestyles, excellent health care, thriving Arts Community and a beautiful little City make Whitehorse an excellent choice to raise a family or to start your career.
Even Seniors are finding this is a smart place to live with great seniors housing, a caring society and access to good health care without waiting.
Moving to Whitehorse
Whitehorse has the perfect climate for the outdoor enthusiast, Cold with snow assured in Winter and warm and dry in summer. Great for x-countryskiing in winter and canoeing in summer. We have many lit trails for evening skiing and hundreds of kilometers of groomed trails for daylight fun. Summer brings camping, fishing, canoeing (all night long), softball and tons of activities for all ages. Our favourite activities in the Tourism office are roller derby, ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing and going to Music festivals (sometimes by canoe) all in summer and snowmobiling, hot springs at night and gallery hopping in winter.
Our temperatures can have a super variance (evidently this is a technical term). From -40 in winter to plus 34 in summer! Those are extremes. However it is not uncommon for winter temperatures to be between -10 through minus 20 with a little snow thrown in. On really cold days the skies are often bright blue and the effect of those blue skies and snowy scenes is quite striking, never dull and overcast.
Summer brings warmth and long summer days. May through September Whitehorse is wonderful with evenings and weekends spent outdoors. Surprising to most southerners is that by mid February each year Whitehorse is lighter and brighter than Vancouver or other Canadian Cities and by June we have 19 hours of daylight!
Outdoors in winter may not be for the faint of heart but it certainly is for children in warm snowsuits and no matter what the temperatures are the School bus gets the kids to school and Yukoners warm up their cars and go off to work. It may be a quick walk from your car to your office but plug ins are available in most work situations and cars start with a quick turn of the key.
The City of Whitehorse prides itself on encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The Canada Games Centre offers many opportunities for indoor recreation including a huge Aquatic Centre, three sheets of Ice, Indoor Soccer field and a flexihall. Many citizens enjoy the wellness centre or running track. Check out the Active Living Guide - there are Programs and activities for all ages.