Today we would be tourists! First though we actually slept in, although we both were awake around 7am. Louise wanted to do some laundry, so while it the laundry was happening, we got showered. Once the laundry was finished, we headed out in search of some breakfast. The first place we looked into didn’t have breakfast proper, rather just some baked goods and coffees, so we continued on to our second choice, the Burnt Toast Cafe.
With breakfast done, we resolved to go visit the SS Klondike, one of the few remaining Yukon River sternwheelers. The Klondike is now a Canada National Park and is very well preserved and mostly open to viewing. We’ve been through a similar ship at Kaslo in BC – the SS Moyie – and the Klondike is pretty similar, but a fair bit larger. There’s a wikipedia page for the Klondike with links to the Canada Parks info.
It’s a walk of a few kilometres back the way we came and by this time we were getting a little thirsty, so we went back to the Baked Cafe bakery place for some iced tea and cookies before heading to the McBride Museum of Yukon History, right next door to our hotel.
After wandering around the museum – there are some pretty interesting artifacts there, and no, I was not one of the artifacts! – for a couple of hours, we went back to the hotel for a bit, then set out in search of dinner.
There was a Mexican place that I had spotted on the map that got some good reviews, so we figured we’d walk there, but the place was packed with a 1 hour wait. Here we confirmed a bit of an issue with tourism in Whitehorse – there is a serious lack of restaurants! First there was a 45 min wait for the Klondike Rib and Salmon place, and now a 1 hour wait for the Mexican place. We decided to walk back closer to the hotel where there were a few other restaurants, but neither the ambiance nor the menu appealed until we found G&P on Main.
It looked more like a pizza take-out place from the outside, but the inside was really nice and the service and food was pretty good.
We wandered a bit on our way back to the hotel, Louise took a couple of touristy pictures …
We’d be heading out back south the next day, so I called Mike at the Air Force Lodge in Watson Lake to see if we could get a room there again – yup, room available!