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Air Quality[edit]

WHO named Whitehorse, Yukon the city with the cleanest air. Might want to pop that in there. link: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:52, 28 September 2011 (UTC)


  • i am about to tell you thath there are there are 4 different populations listed on this page! 23,205 in the opening paragraph; 19,058 for City and 21,405 for Metro in the fact box on the right; and 252 000 listed under Community Profile. Luigi, which is correct?
    • 19,058 was the population inside the Whitehorse City limits counted by Statistics Canada in the 2001 Census. 21,405 was the number of people in the Whitehorse Census agglomeration in 2001. 23,205 is the population count supplied by the Yukon Bureau of Statistics [1] in December 2004. Generally speaking, the Census tends to undercount people (the YBS has shown this to Stats Can's satisfaction, which resulted in the Yukon government getting an extra $30 million), while the YBS numbers are based on the number of people with Yukon health care cards with Whitehorse postal addresses, which is an overcount, since it can take up to a year to remove people from the health care rolls. So, the answer to your question is none of the above. Luigizanasi 15:18, 1 August 2005 (UTC)

wrong address[edit]

I don't really know how to use this website, but Whitehorse is Mile 918 on the Alaska Highway, not Mile 1495 or whatever

    • It may be mile 917 on the Alaska Highway, but it's kilometre 1489 as stated in the article. Beckie S.--11:27, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

I think that the "What's Up, Yukon" bi-weekly should be added to the list of local media. All local content and events, arts and entertainment, occasional weekly runs during special events in town, been in production for over a year now.

The Two Mile Hill intersection, historically the only access road down into Whitehorse (downtown being the original townsite and only developed area until WW2), is at Mile 917.9. The mile figures are no longer accurate, and Whitehorse is now actually about 888 miles from Mile Zero. The historic mile figures are today represented with street addresses (put into effect 21 Oct 1997) measured to 1/100 of a mile -- one establishment just north of the Two Mile Hill intersection (relocated slightly further north in 1993) is 91806 Alaska Highway. GBC (talk) 16:38, 15 November 2010 (UTC)


Log cabin. All buildings in Whitehorse are limited to four stories.

as far as i can read, theres nothing on here explaining why buildings can't be more then 4 stories...can anyone add reasons why —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:12, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

The main reason given is that Whitehorse is in an earthquake zone, but citizens also oppose high rises because of aesthetics. Even at four stories, some residents immediately to the north of such structures are blocked from sunlight during the later fall and early winter. GBC (talk) 16:38, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

I completely agree with the sunlight explanation. However the earthquake reasoning is not true. In fact most earthquake zones have some of the largest buildings out there. The limit is more to do with metered height not stories. Mahs point is six stories and still within the height restriction bylaw. It opened in 2013. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:33, 18 March 2013 (UTC)

Page Needs an update[edit]

Lots of clunky language here. It reads like a tourist's guide with many pieces of irrelavent information. There also needs to be a history section, perhaps created by someone who knows more than I do (of course). Reference to "the village" (The Kwanlin Dun First Nation) is derogatory and I have removed it.

Done well partially--Tallard (talk) 13:48, 25 March 2011 (UTC)


The IP-address-only person who spells it "story" and "stories", for the number of floors in a building - should kindly check the dictionary and note that "storey" is the generally-accepted proper spelling to distinguish it from that which means tale, and the plural of which is storeys. As this is a Canadian location, British-Canadian spelling rules should be prime, just as American spelling rules should be prime for articles pertaining mainly to American subjects. GBC (talk) 16:38, 15 November 2010 (UTC)


Getting this article from B class to GA class[edit]

All articles regarding capital cities in Canada should strive to at least achieve Good Article (GA) status, if not Featured Article (FA) status. As you can see I have been expanding sections pretty significantly, using as models other smaller Canadian cities which have achieved GA status, such as Coquitlam. One of the major challenges on this article is to apply Wikipedia:Manual of Style. Please help by inserting content into the empty sections and bringing further suggestions to this talk page. --Tallard (talk) 22:15, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

Log Skyscrapers info[edit]

From: Bell's Travel Guides, Whitehorse Log Skycrapers. During the construction of the Alaska Highway every hotel and home in Whitehorse was overflowing with army and air force personnel. Even the riverboats that tied up overnight were used to accommodate construction crews. The shortage of rental units and space promoted Martin Berrigan then in his early 70's, to begin building the log skyscrapers.

The three-story skyscraper was the last of Berrigan's many log buildings and was completed in 1947. It is 58 logs high and is made of logs weighing at least 300 pounds each. It was originally founded on the ground but concrete footings have been recently added. Both skyscrapers have been insulated, drywalled and equipped with plumbing and electric heating. The original five rental units are still leased as apartments.

See also: Photograph of 4-storey one

From Yukon Historical & Museums Association Log Skyscraper, building description:Two log dwellings stood beside the skyscrapers until they were removed to make way for the construction of the office building located on the corner of Second Avenue and Lambert. That site is now a parking lot. Refer to Berrigan Cabins, and Mah Bing Cabin. Berrigan built all five buildings located within the first two blocks of Lambert Street. This site was once the location of Roland Ryder's house, stables, and vegetable garden. Ryder operated a water delivery business and kept his horses at this site.

The skyscrapers were built by Martin Berrigan in 1947. Berrigan moved to Whitehorse in 1939 after spending time working on the dredges in Dawson. He is quoted as having said "Life is too short to allow for getting sick, so I started building cabins for rent." This log cabin was the last of many built by Berrigan. He began with several one-storey log dwellings at a time when Whitehorse was experiencing a shortage of accomodation due to wartime construction. Three of these cabins are located in the first block of Lambert Street. This three storey structure was built of logs which Berrigan cut from the east bank of the Yukon River and skidded to the location with a horse team. In the late 1970's, the Skyscrapers were in danger of demolition when the lot was put up for sale; however, the demolition was not carried out and a new owner was found.

Question: Does anyone have references relative to how many there were? Were there only 3 of them? a 2-storey, a 3-storey, and a 4-storey?--Tallard (talk) 14:26, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Former name[edit]

It may be just me, but after reading this section under "History":

"In 1950 the city was incorporated and by 1951, the population had doubled from its 1941 numbers. On April 1, 1953, the city was designated the capital of the Yukon territory when the seat was moved from Dawson City after the construction of the Klondike Highway.[27] On March 21, 1957, the name was changed to Whitehorse.[28]"

It's unclear what the former name is. (talk) 17:04, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

I looked it up, and prior to that date it was spelled as two words instead of one. All they did was change it from White Horse to Whitehorse.
Thatotherperson (talk/contribs) 00:12, 13 June 2011 (UTC)

Grey Mountain[edit]

I was cruising through Wikipedia and somehow ended up looking at a red link for Grey Mountain. I'm in the process now of creating a Grey Mountain page (for now it will live in my user page, since this is my first article.) I was wondering if there is anyone out there that would like to edit/add to the page once I get the basics in? (If I've broken any talk page rules here, feel free to delete, etc.) --JonGDixon (talk) 17:09, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

I've started and put what I have so far here: Grey Mountain Draft. It is nowhere near complete, but as I said, this is my first article and I'd appreciate a little help if anyone out there is interested. I have posted a bit of discussion on my talk page, so as to not clutter up this talk page. --JonGDixon (talk) 23:44, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Never Happen Here: the Whitehorse 9/11 story.[edit]

IMDB has a page on this documentary, a bizarre event which happened on 9/11/2001. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:33, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

This is where I first learned of this: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:29, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

Comfortable climate[edit]

"Whitehorse was ranked among Canadian cities with the most comfortable climate." Canadians like it cold, huh? In the source the city is not even in the top three. I believe this should not be mentioned in the article. -- (talk) 06:58, 15 October 2012 (UTC)

  • I think you make a good point. Ssbbplayer (talk) 17:00, 15 October 2012 (UTC)


This article badly needs a section on the economy. Why are people here? How do they earn a living? What are the economic sectors: government? forestry? mining? tourism? Bare minimum we should learn approximately how many people are engaged in the various sectors. (talk) 22:21, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

Km 1426 vs 1476[edit]

Yukonpearl's revision notes suggest a reroute in 2005. Actually, rerouting and shortening of the Alaska Highway has been under way since 1943, with pauses in some years. What happened in 2005 was that the kilometreposts in the Yukon were recalibrated between the BC border near Watson Lake and the west end of the Champagne "revision", counting up from the last BC milepost, which itself was no longer accurate but had not been recalibrated since about 1990. Since that time, the revisions have been extended twice to now reach the Alaska border. GBC (talk) 02:16, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

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