Sunday, October 23, 2011

Daylight in Whitehorse

Whitehorse is north of 60 and its days are quite a bit "shorter" than in Ottawa. Sunrise today is at about 8:45 am for 10 hours of daylight. In December the shortest day will have about 5 hours of daylight.

With shortening days the sun doesn't rise very high: this picture shows the sun at noon yesterday. And the snow's been flying.

The Yukon River runs through Whitehorse on its way to Dawson City and Alaska. It's a fast moving river that is used for travel by boat, canoe, kayak and celebrated in the other Yukon Quest each June.

Canada's highest mountain, Mt Logan, is just west of Whitehorse in the St Elias mountain range which is part of Kluane National Park.

Unlike NWT and Nunavut, there are a few roads that connect remote parts and the Dempster Highway even reaches to Inuvik, NWT in the Mackenzie Delta near the Arctic Ocean.

There are plenty of adventures to be had here. Nature truly is big in Canada's northern territories. I'd love to come back here with Jan and with lots of time to hike, paddle, climb and meet the local people.

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