My favourite restaurant story just so happens to take place in Whitehorse. Back in January of 2008, I was asked to travel up to Whitehorse for business. I had never been there before and had no idea what to expect. Being born and raised in Vancouver, winter, and snow in particular, are not the same as they are up there!
On my first night there, I decided to bundle up, as it was about -25 C or so. I headed out to see what there was in terms of good eats. I was staying at the Westmark Hotel on that trip, and didn’t want to go too far because of the cold weather.
I came across Giorgio’s Cuccina on Jarvis Street. I was greeted by a warm, authentic European atmosphere. Definitely not what I was expecting in Whitehorse! I still remember ordering the most delicious pasta I think I’ve ever had. The service was outstanding as well. I was alone, seated by the front window, enjoying the sights and sounds of the restaurant, as well as those out on the snowy street. I really didn’t want to head back to the hotel when I finished eating my meal. Partly because it was so cold outside, but also because of the hospitality I was enjoying.
I’ve been back to Whitehorse since then. I’m happy to say that because of my experience on my first trip up there, I always feel welcomed. The locals sure know how to make a visitor feel accepted.