High Country Inn, Whitehorse, Yukon, pays tribute to Canadian lawmakers, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), with their 40 foot tall “Mountie” that greets all visitors.
The mountie is the heroic t.v. character of the ’50s, Sergeant Preston. This fictional law enforcer patrolled the gold fields, protecting prospectors and settlers on the show–Sergeant Preston of the Yukon. Shot first in black and white, then color, this 78 episode series starred Dick Simmons, his horse, Rex, and dog, Yukon King. Its creator, George Trendle, also created the t.v. characters the Lone Ranger, and the Green Hornet.
The theme song for the show, von Reznicek’s Donna Diana Overture, is played here on this YouTube video.
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon’s television intro is on this YouTube video, along with links to many of the original shows:
But at any rate, once you’re beyond the front doors of the High Country Inn it’s easy to see you’re not roughing it in the north back in the goldrush anymore. Recent renovations have made this one of Whitehorse, Yukon’s most comfortable hotels–plus it has character!
The Deck, an appropriately named pub and dining spot, has an outdoor patio where you can enjoy the longest day of the year (coincidentally that’s today!) or any other summer evening. If you love to sample locally brewed beer, as I do, enjoy a mug of Grizzly Bear, brewed exclusively for High Country by the Yukon Brewing Company.
Morel’s Restaurant, on the main floor, offers dining at its finest, which I discovered during my visit. The menu features such things as local Arctic char (my favorite northern fish), Alaskan crab, wild sockeye salmon, elk and bison. Umm, umm, good!
Oh yes, and don’t let me forget to say it’s a great place to spend the night too, especially if your idea of sweet dreams includes the magic of a northern sunset (there’s lots of evening to anticipate it!).
Phone: (867) 667-4471, Fax: (867) 667-6457