Its location (about 30 minutes outside Whitehorse) seemed appealing. There is/was limited choices in and around Whitehorse and we wanted two bedrooms with a separate living room and Sundog matched that criteria perfectly.
What we were not prepared for was the invasion of the mosquitoes. They were everywhere and in large numbers. If we quickly got into our car and closed the doors they still snuck in. We did not get to use the nice wooden porch (you know the nice one you see in the photos on tripadvisor) once because they would bite you relentlessly. We literally hovered around the front cabin door and on the count of 3 opened it up and ran inside and closed the door in an attempt to not let the mosquitoes in. They still somehow got into the cabin anyway. We must of killed 100 of them inside the cabin alone. When we went down to Whitehorse they did not impact us that much at all and this became an unfortunate (and expensive) lesson we learned on this trip. If you book in the cities like Whitehorse Canada or Skagway Alaska you give up the peaceful seclusion but don’t have to spray bug repellent all over your body as much. We asked three locals about the mosquitoes and they said that the surrounding areas around Whitehorse get them throughout their limited summertime every year, so this was not an unusual event we experienced.
There is no real interaction with the owners or staff either. We tried to meet the owner the day after the arrival and she could not answer a question or two we had. The main room looks like it could accommodate a nice breakfast option but there was no food option available. Remember that when you drive out because you are 30 minutes to any type of grocery store and this place makes you use the cabin kitchen or drive an hour back and forth to try to get something to eat.
There is also delayed maintenance on several things. The Jacuzzi had two knobs broken and only 2 jets working.
Internet = the only real option for wireless internet is at the “spa” cabins and even then it was spotty at best. I was only able to check basic email and get on the internet for basic stuff at best.
Location = being 20-30 minutes out of town on your way to Dawson was not good for us. It seemed like almost anything we wanted to drive to or visit was either in Dawson or the other direction so this means we had to make this drive just to start our other drives for the day. Make sure you map out all the things you want to do in and around Whitehorse and if you find most are either in Whitehorse or towards Carcross then these cabins may not be the best location for you.
I would still recommend Sundog as long as you know what you are getting. If you strictly are looking for separate and private rooms with a separate kitchen and living area then this place delivers and as long as all the other things above do not bother you then you will enjoy your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winter northern lights, summer midnight sun. Private cabins, hot tub, sauna, full amenities. Yukon hospitality and welcoming fruit basket. Near Whitehorse on 160 private acres. Friendly hosts respect your privacy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sundog Retreat Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada