Whitehorse has a compact, walkable downtown core. Getting to and from downtown on foot year round is realistic for residents of many neighbourhoods. Using the large network of neighbourhood trails in addition to sidewalks and multi-use trails can make your commute quicker and more pleasant.
Dress for the weather
In the winter make sure that your face, hands and feet are well protected. Dress in layers so that you can easily adjust to increase in heat generated while walking. Attach reflective strips to your outer clothing and backpack. It is surprising how even tiny pieces of high quality reflective patches will be picked up by lights from vehicles and other trail users. Consider attaching a red light to your backpack and using a head light. Many LED headlights are extremely powerful - avoid shining the light directly into the eyes of fellow commuters.
Watch Your Step!
You can anticipate sidewalks, intersections and multi-use paths to have icy patches, uneven surfaces and snow berms. Footwear with good traction is recommended; consider using walking poles for added balance. Special spike gripes can be purchased that fit over normal footwear for added traction.