A short walk and here we are at the Yukon Transportation Museum.
Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse
After paying our admission fee, we wandered through the gift shop. Soon you will see what we bought. Focusing on transportation here, we immediately were attracted to this canoe.
A canoe. Introducing Yukon Duck
Yes, there are now 4 Colorado Traveling Ducks. Our newest addition is an engineer for the train, but we call him Yukon Duck. During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, the train connected Whitehorse on the Yukon River with Skagway, Alaska.
Train between Whitehorse, YT and Skagway, Alaska
Skagway is a little over 100 miles away and is a seaport. Miners needed to get supplies and gold was often shipped out of Alaska. Here is an early car for the Yukon Territory.
Most of the year it is winter here, so travel was done by sled.
Sled for traveling
Conditions were not safe for travel if the temperature was -40 (the same temperature for F and C). How to know if it was too cold? A bottle of Perry Davis Pain Killer was placed outside by the window. If the bottle became frozen, it was “too damn cold for man or beast.” We ducks don’t want to be out when it is -40. There is more than one famous dog sled race in the area. This sled is from the Yukon Quest.
Sled for Yukon Quest
The race is between Whitehorse, YT and Fairbanks, Alaska. The starting point alternates between Whitehorse and Fairbanks each year. Spectators can see the beginning one year and the finish the next. This exhibit was something new to us.
Lost in the Yukon
Lost in the Yukon was about a plane crash in 1963 and a great survival story of two people. These two, Ralph Flores and Helen Klaben survive for 49 days. They endured painful injuries, starvation, weeks of -40 or colder, and the long dark Yukon winter. In March, Ralph stomped SOS on a frozen snow covered swamp. The SOS was seen and they were rescued March 26, 1963. In 1975 Helen wrote a book about the survival titled, “Hey, I’m Alive” A movie was also made in 1975. Maybe we will watch it this winter?? In the airplane hanger, we admired many airplanes.
Planes in Yukon Transportation Museum
Flying is often the only way to travel in the far north. We liked this helicopter, also.
Helicopter. Yukon Transportation Museum
The Yukon Transportation Museum is next to Whitehorse International Airport.
Whitehorse International Airport
We we impressed by the Plane Vane.
Plane weather vane
This sign explains it best. A real plane with a long history and now a weather vane. We want to show you that it really does move. It was not very windy the day we visited, but you can see from these 2 photos that the plane did move.
Side view of plane
Wind moved plane
According to http://www.RoadsideAmerica.com this is the world’s largest weather vane. We are getting hungry. After a great day in Whitehorse, it is time for dinner. Klondike Rib and Salmon restaurant is next to our hotel.
Klondike Rib and Salmon
The reviews were great and the food was fantastic. The humans ordered salmon and also halibut. Both were very fresh and cooked to perfection. Humans and ducks loved it. The restaurant is housed in the 2 oldest operating buildings in the Yukon Capital. The menu had a history of the building. The dining room was originally opened as a tent frame bakery called, MacMillian’s Bakery around 1900. The main building was Klondike Airways, a mail and flight business. In the 1930’s the building was used as a carpentry shop and coffins were constructed for a mortuary in downtown Whitehorse. Today we have this Quaint Little “Northern Klondike Theme Restaurant.” With winters of -40, this little wall tent buttons up in the fall and goes into hibernation each year until Mother’s Day. We ducks like menus that tell us about the restaurant, so this is a favorite with us.
Klondike Rib and Salmon tent area
There really is a tent area of this restaurant. Great in the summer, but too cold in the winter. This was a great day in Whitehorse, and we welcome Yukon Duck to our duck family.