Hilltop Bistro

The Hilltop Bistro at Yukon College is a fine dining training facility for Yukon College Food and Beverage, and Culinary Arts students.


The Bistro is open for lunch Tuesdays to Thursdays with seatings at 11.00, 11.15,11:30, 11:45, 12:00, and 12:30.

The menu changes bi-weekly and can be viewed on our community hub page.

The Bistro is open from October to May. Reservations are required: bistroreservations@yukoncollege.yk.ca

Bon appétit!


Capacity: 45 for standing reception or sit-down dinner. Bar service and catering are available.

For private event booking, please contact Gene Batten at gbatten@yukoncollege.yk.ca or 867.668.8855.


The Hilltop Bistro also operates as a Community Gallery, showcasing a new artist every fall and winter term. For information on how to have your artwork featured in the Bistro, email collegerelations@yukoncollege.yk.ca


Fall 2014 Art Show: The Last Minute

Featured Artist: John Boivin

Artist Statement: This summer I took part in ‘Art Battle’, a national speed-painting competition.  I represented the Yukon at the event in the old Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in July, competing against 20 very talented artists from across the country. It was one thing to win the Yukon event, which was really just a lot of artist friends getting together having fun. Another thing altogether to prepare for facing people from across the country.

Artists are given 20 minutes and a limited palate to create an original work of art on a 18 x 24 canvas- and an even larger one in the second round. It’s a little bit circus act, a little bit great art. I didn’t win the event in Toronto, but it was a great learning experience.

In my practice leading up to the event, I found the 20-minute rule forced me to really dig deep into my art- to rethink my approach, my use of colour and texture and form, to create the most dynamic and impactful works I could. I found myself working harder than ever before. And I learned about the last minute. Twenty minutes isn’t very long. It works out to about 1000 brush strokes to complete a painting (yeah, I figured it out). And I found during my many practice runs that the last minute was often crucial… those final strokes that can complete- or destroy- an attempted painting.

One time I had a picture going nowhere. In a last-ditch attempt to do something to save the piece, I scooped large amounts of paint, and slapped it on the piece. The work jumped out from ‘meh’ to ‘wow’. I learned to appreciate the last minute.

All the works here are products of those 20-minute practice sessions over the summer. In one way or another- either reworked from the practice run, or completely painted over- they have their roots in the strange and busy artists’ summer. Yeah, most took a lot longer than 20 minutes to complete. But when you’re painting, time can sometimes fly by- and sometimes stand still. When you’re in the moment. When you’re working in the last minute.

Artist Bio: Born and raised in Ottawa on a diet of comic books and fantasy paperback cover art, John played around with the airbrush in his teens, and watercolours until his 40s. After moving to Yukon in 2000, he began working in acrylics. The beauty of the territory’s landscape drew him outside, and today he mostly works in plein air. John is known for his ability to capture the essence of shapes in Yukon forests.  A friend said he was out hiking once and came into a clearing that looked like 'a John Boivin forest': best compliment ever.

John’s work can be seen at the North End Gallery, Yukon Artists @ Work, and at the Starbuck’s on Main Street. He is a member of the Plein Air Collective, helped organize the art component of this year’s Yukomicon, and has done numerous public art demonstrations. This is John's second show at the Hilltop Bistro. He lives in Whitehorse with wife Julie, and children Cole and Jane. You can see more of John's work at www.boivinarts.com.