The Yukon Territory is a physical place. The landscape is vast, the climate is unpredictable and the midnight sun will have you going ‘til dawn. There are rivers to run, mountains to climb and trails to travel all the way from Whitehorse to Old Crow. And if you go the distance (and the altitude) across this spectacular place, you’re going to need something to eat! Stick with us to find the best eats to keep you fueled and kicking in the Klondike.
Every Mountain Deserves a Cold One
During your memorable nights out in the city of Whitehorse, you’ll see plenty of imbibers enjoying a Yukon Gold beer. Local brewers, Yukon Brewing, bring this fan favourite hard. This local juggernaut by Yukon Brewing is the king of beer in the North (and a few other places too).
In fact, our sleuthing beer enthusiast and resident videographer, Ryan Edwardson discovered that Yukon Gold boasts sales surpassing both Molson’s and Labatt’s combined. According to Ryan, this team is “Bringing together classic recipes with innovative twists, the brewery has made itself the cornerstone of not only the craft but also the mainstream beer scene throughout the territory.”
Only 536 Kilometers to go!
Travelling the Yukon is a journey. Its beauty and wide-open spaces will change you, it’s true, but the sheer distance north in and of itself is worthy of a ‘journey’ designation. And once you are through exploring the shops, art, local food artisans and brewers of Whitehorse, it’s on to Dawson City! And the scenic 536 km drive means you’ll need some coffee.
Baked Café and Bakery has you covered. Serving a variety of egg sandwiches, croissants and breakfast-y delights, this downtown, local coffee café will fill you up for the long road ahead. Here, locals chat while baristas whip up lattes, and Americanos using beans from Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters. EAT. THE. SCONES.
Grab a Cuppa from Midnight Sun Coffee Rosters
If you’re going to drive five hours to Dawson City, make sure you grab a cup of coffee from Midnight Sun Coffee Rosters in Whitehorse. It’s a family owned and operated coffee roastery that has been operating for over 15 years in Whitehorse, Yukon. Their dedication to their craft is matched only by the friendly atmosphere and standout combination of artistry and industry that makes Midnight Sun the go-to place for fine coffee.
Baby Got Bread! Alpine Organic Bakery
Doncha wish your bread was leaven like this?
Situated in a lovely wooden building in Whitehorse, Alpine Organic Bakery crafts a delicious assortment of baked goods and other items while bringing forth its mission “to offer wholesome organic food products, promote healthy and sustainable alternative lifestyle choices and foster social and environmental activism to its customers and community.”
They had us at “bread.”
You made it to Dawson City!
After the awe inspiring ride to Dawson City, you will find yourself in the thick of nature and history and working up an appetite. Whether you’ve made the trek for the Dawson City Music Fest or the mountain ascending Dawson Dome Run, the home of the gold rush will get you fed. Now, you don’t have to look hard to find great food in Dawson but here are some chart-toppers.
The Aloha Taco Trailer
Aloha Tacos is the restaurant version of a tiny house. A miniature taco stand on wheels, Aloha Tacos serves up authentic tacos and Mexican fare, gourmet food truck style.
This little MexiCan stand welcomes vegans and meat lovers alike. Pay $6 for a taco or $10 for two and enjoy fresh ingredients, cheeses and more hot sauce than should be available to drunk people.
A relaxing, year-round spot Alchemy Café is truly built on Dawson City spirit. Owned by Sofia Ashenhurst and Florian Boulais, Alchemy took years to build and was constructed by hand using local materials and donated man-hours from people in the community.
Customers can enjoy an array of snacks, smoothies, sandwiches and coffees. The coffee here is fair trade and much of the food is organic. In fact it’s sourced just down the road at Nomad Market Garden. Enjoy a recharging fruit smoothie or sit down on the patio for herbed fried egg on French crusty bread covered with olive tepenade.
There is so much to discover about Alchemy and Florian would be happy to tell you all about it. That is of course when he is done playing the accordion.
Craving a taste of the Yukon? Don’t blame ya. To plan your trip, visit Travel Yukon.