Whitehorse

Whitehorse

There's a land were the mountains are nameless,
and the rivers all run god knows where;
there are lives that are erring and aimless,
and deaths that just hang by a hair;
There are hardships that nobody reckons;
There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There's a land - oh, it beckons and beckons,
And I want to go back and I will.

From The Spell of the Yukon by Robert Service

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Check out live Cam in downtown Whitehorse
Notice the clay cliffs in the background.
I climbed them this summer to take pictures of Whitehorse

Live Cam

Whitehorse Seal


The official Seal of the City of Whitehorse,as seen in title graphic,is on a blue background makes up the City of Whitehorse flag.

The white horse in the centre of the seal, the city’s namesake, came from the Klondike Gold Rush era. Stampeders heading along the river towards Dawson City compared the white-capped waves of the rapids near Miles Canyon to the manes of white horses galloping by.

The steam locomotive to the left marks the importance of Whitehorse as the last stop for the narrow gauge Whitepass and Yukon Route Railway built at the beginning of 1900 to carry miners and equipment towards the Klondike gold fields.

The sternwheeler at the bottom represents one of over 250 steam paddleboats that made their way up the Yukon River between Whitehorse and the mine fields of Dawson and Mayo.

The airplane overhead reminds us of the days of the bush pilots who helped open up vast areas of the territory and provided an important link to the “outside”. Whitehorse served as a base for such men as Grant McConachie whose fledgling airline in the north grew into Canadian Pacific Airlines, now simply Canadian Airlines.

The vehicle on the right is travelling one of the many twists and turns of the famed Alaska Highway built by the American Army to serve as a supply line to the state of Alaska during the early stages of the Second World War and which today brings trucked goods and visitors in ever increasing numbers.

THE CREST
Creator Mark Preston.

Crest (Background Shield)
The colours of the cloth mantling flowing around the traditional steel helmet of heraldry refer to the northern lights, one of the most dramatic features of nature in the north. The saw tooth upper edge of the crown is a symbolic reference to the hills surrounding Whitehorse. The steam locomotive wheel rising out of the crown represents both the important historic role of the railway in developing the City, and the concept of Whitehorse as a transportation hub.

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© copyright Background Whitehorse City Crest by Dora 2001
September 8th, 2001