A Great Place to Live and Work
Whitehorse residents enjoy an excellent standard of living. According to “Moneysense” magazine, we’re the best small city in Canada to live in. We are reported to have the cleanest air in the world and one of the best economies in this time of economic uncertainty. Low unemployment, high wages (second in Canada), active lifestyles, excellent health care, a thriving arts community, and beautiful surroundings make Whitehorse an excellent location to live, work, play, and raise a family. Seniors are also finding Whitehorse to be a smart choice, with quality housing options for seniors, a caring community, and leisure activities that meet a range of abilities.
Whitehorse has the perfect climate for the outdoor enthusiast: cold with snow assured in winter, and warm and dry in summer. We have many lit trails for evening skiing and hundreds of kilometers of groomed trails for daylight fun. Favourite winter activities include x-country skiing, snowmobiling, hot springs, and gallery hopping. Summers are filled with camping, fishing, canoeing, softball, rock climbing, music festivals, and many other activities suited for every age.
Our temperatures can have a super variance (evidently this is a technical term), from -40'C in winter to +34'C in summer. However it is not uncommon for winter temperatures to be between -10'C through -20'C with a little snow thrown in. On really cold days the skies are often bright blue and provide a striking contrast against the view of snowy mountain caps.
Summer brings warmth and long summer days. May through to September, residents spend evenings and weekends outdoors. Surprising to most southerners is that by mid February, 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. No matter what the temperatures are, the school bus gets the kids to school and car plug-ins are available in most work situations.
Healthy, Active Living
The City of Whitehorse prides itself on encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The Canada Games Centre offers many opportunities for indoor recreation including an aquatic centre, ice rinks, indoor soccer pitch, and a multipurpose flexihall. Many citizens enjoy the wellness centre and running track, as well. Check out the Active Living Guide for programs and activities.