Protect Whitehorse’s waterfront

A few days ago, I returned home from two weeks in Whitehorse and area. I have made a number of trips to Whitehorse in the past, and I never fail to be impressed by the physical beauty of the Yukon River.

A few days ago, I returned home from two weeks in Whitehorse and area. I have made a number of trips to Whitehorse in the past, and I never fail to be impressed by the physical beauty of the Yukon River and its historical connection with the city.

The waterfront trolley, the waterfront wharf behind the White Pass train station, and the interpretive signage all work well together in providing public access to, and enjoyment of the river by travellers and undoubtedly Whitehorse residents as well.

However, my admiration turned to dismay when I came across a new condo or apartment development on the riverbank near Shipyards Park. Given the river’s natural beauty and historical importance to Whitehorse, it seems highly inconsistent to use the precious riverbank for private residences rather than public access.

As a visitor to Whitehorse, I respectfully encourage your city officials to reflect on how much of a public treasure the waterfront is and to avoid letting it slip away.

Kent Macaulay

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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