The view is wide and the endless evening sky glows in the way only an ethereal northern sky can. Dust puffs from the knobby rear tire of Sylvain Turcotte’s bike as he leads a small group through Canyon City, following the Yukon River Trail, a few kilometres south of downtown Whitehorse.
“There are hundreds of kilometres of trail in the Whitehorse region, but this is the classic and the earliest to be snow-free,” says Turcotte, a Québécois transplant who co-owns Boréale Mountain Biking with partner Marsha Cameron.
Turcotte is right—this trail offers a quintessential Yukon experience. Stretching along the alluvial banks of its namesake river, the route traces ancient paths used first by the indigenous Southern Tutchone people, then in the late 1800s by gold-struck miners chasing Klondike dreams and now by awestruck cyclists seduced by two-wheeled dreams.
Boréale offers a range of single- and multi-day catered, guided trips based from a funky yurt camp on the outskirts of Whitehorse. Try the unique Ride and Reach with Ryan Leech—five days and nights of all-inclusive guided riding and yoga workshops with (you guessed it!) professional mountain biker and yoga instructor Ryan Leech.
The Best Places in Canada to See the Northern Lights
Canada is a prime destination for northern lights viewing, best experienced between October and March. Watch them dance in the night sky above Lake Superior near Thunder Bay, in Whitehorse, on Prince Edward Island, in Yellowknife or near Edmonton.
Three Days in Whitehorse, Yukon
Set in a scenic mountain valley beside the winding Yukon River, Whitehorse is an artistic, outdoorsy city with adventure on its doorstep. Paddle along the river past clay cliffs and spruce forest, find artsy treasures at North End Gallery and sip craft beer at Winterlong Brewing Co.