Car Hire from Whitehorse Airport
Whitehorse Airport is located in the Yukon, a Canadian territory of wild open spaces, incredible landscapes and lots of wildlife. With so many scenic roadways, including the iconic Alaska Highway, you get so much more out of your Canada holiday when you hire a car from Whitehorse Airport.
Where to hire a car at Whitehorse Airport
There are two car hire companies based at Whitehorse Airport. Driving Force and Budget both have desks in the small terminal building.
Petrol Stations near Whitehorse Airport
The closest petrol stations to Whitehorse Airport are located in the nearby city of Whitehorse. Taking route 1 northbound from the airport and turning onto Two Mile Hill Road into the town, you’ll come across a Petrocanada garage after about five minutes.
Driving around Whitehorse Airport
Roads around Whitehorse Airport and throughout Yukon Territory are well-maintained and signposted. From the airport, it’s easy to jump on route 1 (also known as the Alaska Highway) which travels northwest to Ibex Valley and Haines Junction, and southeast towards Marsh Lake and Johnsons Crossing. In both directions, there are connections to route 2, which heads south to Lorne and Carcross and north to Carmacks.
In Yukon Territory, it’s the law for all vehicles to have their headlights switched on, even during daylight hours. Distances across the region are huge so be sure to plan your journey and schedule in lots of breaks. You’ll also need to keep an eye out for wildlife, including moose, on the road. Moose are generally more active during mornings and evenings so be sure to drive carefully at these times.
Winter driving through Yukon Territory also requires extra care. You may come across snow ploughs in the road; be sure to give them right of way and only ever overtake on the left as snow and debris are deposited to the right of the snow plough.
Getting to your destination
Hiring a car from Whitehorse Airport is a great way to get around the Yukon Territory. Here are a few exciting destinations within easy driving distance of the airport:
Whitehorse is the capital city of the Yukon. It’s a small place, set along the banks of the river and offering a variety of outdoor activities. There are hiking trails in local mountains and canyons as well as cross country skiing and fishing spots. Visitors can also head to the Takhini Hot Springs located on the outskirts of the city.
It takes just over five minutes to drive from Whitehorse Airport to Whitehorse town, taking route 1 north and then Two Mile Hill Road into the centre. The town is laid out over a grid system with east west streets named and north south streets numbered and there is plenty of street parking.
Kluane National Park
Located in the southwest corner of the Yukon, Kluane National Park offers spectacular scenery and some great outdoor activities including hiking, rafting, canoeing, fishing and a host of winter sports.
It takes around two hours to drive from Whitehorse Airport to Kluane National Park, taking route 1 northwest. Haines Junction is the main access point for the park and the location of the visitor reception centre. You’ll also find a petrol station and plenty of parking in the town.
Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Yukon Wildlife Preserve is home to an incredible selection of animals including Arctic foxes, Canada lynx, elk and woodland caribou. There are also lots of bird species here. Visitors can choose to hike or take a bus around the preserve, with cross country skiing routes open during winter months too.
Yukon Wildlife Preserve is just over 20 minutes’ drive from Whitehorse Airport, taking route 1 north and picking up route 2. There is plenty of parking on site at the reserve and it’s well signposted from the main road.