Friday, June 27, 2008

Alaska '08 day 16, Whitehorse YT

Fri June 27, 2008

Whitehorse has changed since '82. I don't remember there being anything to see in

We did a tour of the S.S. Klondike. They take you all through it and explain how they operated and what they carried. I thought this was one of the best things we have visited yet, really interesting. The paddle wheelers operated from 1860 (Dawson and Fort Selkirk were fur trading areas) to 1955 when the road was put through from the south. The roads made it much cheaper to get supplies here by truck and to take ore out. The S. S. Klondike was built in the late '20s for hauling silver out from Faro/Mayo by way of Stewart Crossing.

After supper we went to the Canada Center public pool. They had a big water slide, kiddie wading area, a swinging rope. The place was pretty full of locals, well worth it. Probably one of the highlights so far for the kids.

- Jon


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