Historic Sites, Museums and Interpretive Centres
With literally thousands of heritage sites sprinkled throughout the Yukon, there's ample opportunity for visitors to delve into our colourful past. From roadside historic sites and unmarked graves to major attractions like Fort Selkirk, Yukon Transportation Museum and the MacBride Museum, there's plenty of ways to learn about historic Yukon themes like Beringia, First Nations, RCMP, mining and the Alaska Highway.
Don't miss a visit to historic Dawson City, where numerous historic properties will transport you back in history to the heady days of the Klondike Gold Rush. Visit the Dawson City Museum, Dredge #4 and take a Parks Canada walking tour of Dawson. In Whitehorse, take time to visit the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, Copperbelt Railway and Museum and ride the Waterfront Trolley. One of Whitehorse's landmark attractions, the S.S. Klondike, the largest sternwheeler to ply the Yukon River, has been painstakingly restored to the 1937-40 period. Other major roadside attractions to visit include the Campbell Regional Interpretive Centre in Faro and the Northern Lights Interpretive Centre in Watson Lake.
“First Nations” may be a new term for many visitors. This term is used throughout Canada in place of the term Indians. It recognizes people as distinct nations and the fact that they are the first peoples of this land.
When you travel throughout the Yukon, remember that there are two separate worlds woven together here—one modern, the other ancient. You can learn about First Nations cultures at the cultural/heritage centres in many Yukon communites, like Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre in Dawson, Big Jonathan House in Pelly Crossing, Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre in Teslin, the Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre in Carmacks, and the Da Ku Centre in Haines Junction.
Your Yukon journey through history and culture starts here.