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June 30th 2011
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Capital of the YukonCapital of the YukonCapital of the Yukon

The biggest city, but they still say there are twice the number of moose here than people. I can't swear to that as I've seen more people than moose.
Tomorrow - off to Alaska....Haines, our first stop. We will still be in Canada for July 1-Canada Day, but will be back in America for July 4th! Yay!

The last several days in Whitehorse have given us the opportunity to tour the city, provision for the next few days, do laundry, clean the RV, talk to folks coming and going to Alaska to compare notes and get pointers.

On our first day of touring, we were told at the Visitor Center that we were here for the start of the Yukon River Quest, a 740 km/460 mile paddling race from Whitehorse to Dawson City. There were over 70 canoes and kayaks at the starting line, some with only one paddler and some with as many as ten paddlers, all hyped up for the race! The riverbanks were lined with the supporting cheerleaders! WHAT FUN!

After the race, we found a local restaurant, Klondike Rib and Salmon, for lunch. Interesting fare - some of us had halibut chowder, Jim and I shared fish and chips which was also halibut. Yummy.

Today, we decided to go to the Whitehorse Fish Ladder to learn more about the Chinook salmon and
Downtown TrolleyDowntown TrolleyDowntown Trolley

This went from one end of town to the other and cost $2 each time you rode. They need DART around here!
its trip from the Pacific Ocean back to its spawning grounds here. The fish ladder is built in a series of steps. It is about 366 meters long and rises over 15 meters through the steps. We plan to come back in August when the Chinook are actually traveling through the ladder. The salmon (who were born here) are away from four to six years before making their way back to their birthplace to spawn and then die. How in the world do they know which river to take to get back to their birthplace?

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Ross and LindaRoss and Linda
Ross and Linda

Here they are waiting for the Yukon Quest canoe race to start.
Yukon Quest Canoe & Kayak RaceYukon Quest Canoe & Kayak Race
Yukon Quest Canoe & Kayak Race

These paddlers travel 740 km/480 miles in 72 hours.
The Line UpThe Line Up
The Line Up

The guys doing the paddling had to run from 50' away to jump into the boats.
The Whitehorse FishwayThe Whitehorse Fishway
The Whitehorse Fishway

The Chinook salmon travel 3000 km from the Pacific Ocean back to where they were born. This is believed to be the longest wooden fish ladder in the world.
Part of the FishwayPart of the Fishway
Part of the Fishway

This area steers the salmon into the port that is the beginning of the ladder.
Cute Wooden FishCute Wooden Fish
Cute Wooden Fish

Great 50th anniversary project!
A salmon fryA salmon fry
A salmon fry

These will be studied until they are released.
Klondike CornerKlondike Corner
Klondike Corner

We ate at the little green building to the right - the Klondike Rib and Salmon - had fish and chips with halibut!
DC3 WindsockDC3 Windsock
DC3 Windsock

This DC3 was due to be scrapped when a Yukon resident saved it to be a weathervane at the airport.

It doesn't take much wind for this windsock to turn.

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