The well-known Whitehorse area lodge Auberge Yukonnaise has reopened under new management as the Kaleido Lodge.
Named for the kaleidoscopic nature of the aurora, the lodge is located along the Alaska Highway just 25 minutes from downtown Whitehorse. The new Japanese owner has created the lodge especially for Japanese clients. Situated in a tranquil, forested area away from the city lights, it is in an ideal location for aurora viewing. Lights in the lodge dining area are turned off at 10pm each evening to allow for maximum darkness and guests can watch from inside the lodge, or head outside for viewing and photography.
There are six rooms in total – five standard rooms and a one bedroom suite with kitchenette which is suitable for families. The rooms have been named after Yukon wildlife – guests can choose from the Wolf, Moose, Ptarmigan, Bear or Caribou rooms, while the suite is known as the Aurora Suite.
Each of the standard rooms is 25 – 30m2, has one or two beds as well as a bathtub and can accommodate up to three people. The suite is 36m2, has one bed plus a sofa-bed and can accommodate four guests.
The dining room serves brunch and dinner and is also the communal hub of the lodge where guests can gather to watch the aurora at night or relax during the day over a hot beverage.
Kaleido Lodge currently offers three night packages that include airport transfers, continental brunch and three course dinner, plus a winter clothing package. There is also a shuttle service to and from downtown Whitehorse.
Additionally, they are happy to arrange day tours such as dogsledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling for guests.
Whitehorse can be reached via a same day transfer through Vancouver from Japan, so your clients can be aurora viewing the night they arrive in Canada. The aurora is visible in Yukon skies from mid August to mid April.