Whitehorse is the administrative capital of the Yukon Territory. In 2006 the population was 22,898 and it accounts for nearly 75% of the population of territory. Whitehorse is located on the route of the Alaska Highway and is at the terminus of the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. Whitehorse was founded in 1898 as a trading post and staging center for the Klondike Gold Rush. Despite it's northerly location, like most of the Yukon, Whitehorse has a dry subarctic climate, and can be warmer in the winters than some Canadian prairies cities.