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Whitehorse is a mere 2 hour plane flight north of Vancouver; the same time-wise as the drive on the Sea-to-Sky highway from YVR to Whistler. For all those who wish to visit Canada and think all there is Whistler and the Rockies, do not discount the Yukon.
The Yukon is vast and really has only three main areas with established trails. Whitehorse, Carcross and Kluane National Park.
Two riding areas – Grey Mountain and Mt Macintyre are in the city of Whitehorse. A third area south of the Yukon river also has trails but they are not as well marked or established. The riding is mostly cross country with some free riding trails. The trails include old mining access trails, hiking trails and recently built mountain-bike specific trails. The riding season goes from May to October. The core of the riding season (June – August) has long daylight hours stretching well into the night. The area is managed by the city in cooperation with the Local Mountain Bike Club - Contagious Mountain Bike Club. A website describing the local areas in more detail is available at yukonbiking.ca. Boreale Biking offers a variety of biking trips to accommodate most needs.
For an example of a typical multi day bike trip in Whitehorse check out the Photos and Trip details here.
Carcross is a small town 40 minutes from Whitehorse.Its main industry is White Pass day trip cruise ship traffic from Skagway, AK and from outdoors recreationalists from the surrounding area.
Looming over the small town is Montana Mountain where most of the recreational trails exist. This area was initially established in the early 1900's based on Silver mining. Roads were established over ancient 1st Nations hunting trails that are now used for recreation.
10 years ago in cooperation with Whitehorse locals the town and the CTFN (Carcross – Tagish First Nation), through the Singletrack to Success programme, slowly and painstakingly started developing a network of multi-use trails. Over the years mountainbikers have found out about Carcross’s high quality of trails and have travelled there to ride.
There are two alpine trails - Mountain Hero and Macdonald Creek - and a lower network of fast flowy trails. Any avid mountain biker would be doing themselves a disservice not riding in Carcross. Two solid days of riding is required to ride all the trails here. Really exceptional considering how remote this area is. Example of the trails can be seen here.
Kluane National Park.
Mostly known for the location of Canada's tallest peak - Mt. Logan at 5,959m, Kluane has many trails that require multidays to hike. There are three trails that you are allowed to bike. The Auriol Loop, Alsek Valley Trail and Cottonwood canyon. Examples of riding Auriol and Alsek can be seen here.
If the above links don't inspire a trip to the Yukon then see these photos.
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