Looking for a memorable fall or winter getaway? Why not head to Canada’s true north for an taste of the aurora borealis, sled dog racing, and a breath of the world’s cleanest air, according to the World Health Organization.
I recently travelled to the charming capital city of Whitehorse, Yukon, with a two-night air and hotel weekend deal for $579 including tax from Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary, available through Air North, Yukon’s Airline.
Being a clueless "southerner," I had no idea that the 60th parallel was so close -- a flight from Vancouver clocks in at just over two hours, and flights from Edmonton and Calgary are three hours or less.
While flying with Air North, guests receive a complimentary light snack and dessert -- in my case, warm cookies -- served by friendly staff, most of them Yukoners themselves.
Getting around is simple. You won’t find big-city traffic, or grueling commutes: the city of Whitehorse (population 26,400) is just a 10-minute drive from the airport. Most hotels offer complimentary shuttles to and from the airport.
But, if you want to see some of the sights, such as the elusive Northern Lights, be sure to rent a car to experience breathtaking scenery and lonely mountain roads. It’s also astonishing how many things there are to do in the area, especially if you love the outdoors.
Here are some things to do: