Yukon Heritage

Yukon Heritage

A legacy of significant history

The Yukon may be famous for its gold rush history and diverse First Nations cultures, but there are countless stories that weave the tapestry of our heritage.

Mammoths to Mounties

Woolly mammoths and scimitar cats once roamed this region known as Beringia. Transportation was crucial to the growth of contemporary Yukon: the White Pass & Yukon Route railway, aviation, and the construction of the Alaska Highway. The story of the Canadian Mountie is rooted in the Yukon, and the territory also has a lesser known but just as colourful silver mining history.

Colourful northern characters

The most authentic, memorable part of Yukon’s heritage isn’t found in a museum. You’re sure to come across an array of fascinating, larger-than-life personalities and colourful characters.

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  • Big Jonathan House Heritage Centre

    This replica of Fort Selkirk's Big Jonathon House has works of local artists, locally-made beaded clothing, birch bark baskets, traditional baby bunting bag, tools, plus more! Some items are for sale. 

    Spoken Languages
    German: 
    Don't Speak German

    Location

    Next to Selkirk Grocery
    Box 40
    Pelly Crossing, YT Y0B 1P0
    Canada
    Phone: (867) 537-3150
    Fax: (867) 537-3011
    Phone Number: 
    (867) 537-3150
    Fax Number: 
    (867) 537-3011

    Binet House Museum

    The Binet House Museum is located in a restored 1920's heritage building at 304 Second Avenue. This house was built for Gene Binet, one of Mayo's Forefathers, and his bride Jewel. Gene Binet retired and left with his family for California in the fall of 1938 after he had sold his residence, hotel and store. The Binet House was occupied by several Mayo families over the years and in 1990, after it had been vacant for some time, the building was purchased by the Village of Mayo and turned into a Museum/Interpretive Centre.

    Location

    304 Second Avenue
    Box 160
    Mayo, YT Y0B 1M0
    Canada
    Phone: (867) 996-2317
    Fax: (867) 996-2907
    Phone Number: 
    (867) 996-2317
    Fax Number: 
    (867) 996-2907

    Caribou Crossing Trading Post

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    Tour Yukon's most extensive Wildlife Museum and stroll among creatures of Yukon's past and present, with favorites including grizzly bears, monster moose, woolly mammoth, and the World’s largest mounted polar bear.
    Absorb some regional history with Caribou Crossing’s newest exhibit, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police heritage center. This interpretive display focuses on the history of Canada’s ‘Mounties’ and highlights their role in the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush.

    Spoken Languages
    German: 
    Don't Speak German

    Location

    2 km north of Carcross
    Km 109 South Klondike Highway
    Carcross, YT Y0B 1B0
    Canada
    Phone: (867) 821-4055
    Fax: (867) 821-4025
    Phone Number: 
    (867) 821-4055
    Fax Number: 
    (867) 821-4025

    Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

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    The legendary 53-km/33-mile Chilkoot Trail protects the historic gateway to the Yukon once trod by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike Goldrush stampeders. The Chilkoot Trail is a component of the Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park.

    The Chilkoot Trail starts at tidewater in Dyea, Alaska, and ends on the shores of Bennett Lake, the Southern Lakes headwaters of the mighty Yukon River. Amidst this rugged northern wilderness an overlay of artifacts and heritage landscape features tell of the story of the Klondike Goldrush.

    Spoken Languages
    BONJOUR!

    Location

    Parks Canada
    205-300 Main Street
    Whitehorse Y1A 2B5
    Canada
    Phone: 1 (867) 667-3910
    Fax: 1 (867) 393-6701
    Phone Number: 
    1 (867) 667-3910
    Fax Number: 
    1 (867) 393-6701
    Toll-Free Phone: 
    1-800-661-0486

    Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum

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    Located at Mile 919 Alaska Highway — two kilometres north of Two Mile Hill along the Alaska Highway (between Kopper King and Raven’s Ridge). Accessible via public transit.

    Location

    Mile 919 Alaska Highway
    Whitehorse, YT Y0B 1B0
    Canada
    Phone: (867) 667-6198
    Phone Number: 
    (867) 667-6198
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    Log Cabin Rental at Kluane National Park
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    Right at the feet of famous Kluane National Park, this cozy log cabin is nestled between spruce trees and cotton woods with ample space around the cabin and endless wilderness...

    Jan 1 2014
    Dec 31 2014
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MacBride Museum of Yukon History

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MacBride Museum of Yukon History is a vibrant, interactive museum that covers more than half a city block. Exhibits feature the history of the Yukon with a focus on our capital city – Whitehorse, northern animals, First Nation beadwork and tools, transportation history, the real Sam McGee’s cabin and more. We also present special exhibits that reflect our local community.
Opened in 1952, MacBride is the Yukon’s first museum with an interesting wide-ranging collection of artifacts, photographs and documents. We welcome researchers to use our archive.
Visit our gift shop for unique Yukon treasures and books, or buy online through www.macbridemuseum.com and have the items delivered to your door.
MacBride is open all year round with special programs and events throughout the year. During the summer, we offer daily programs and give our visitors the chance to try one of Yukon’s oldest professions … gold panning.

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Parks Canada
1124 First Avenue
Whitehorse Y0B 1L0
Canada
Phone: (867) 667-2709
Fax: (867) 633-6607
Phone Number: 
(867) 667-2709
Fax Number: 
(867) 633-6607

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

John Connolly Campground and RV Park

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While located almost in middle of the Town of Faro the John Connolly Municipal Campground offers visitors a wilderness experience that you will never forget. Once you drive into the park you will totally forget that you are in the middle of Town. The very well preserved and maintained treed park with very private sites will make you feel that you are somewhere in the middle of the wilderness.

John Connolly R.V. Park is a unique wilderness facility right in the centre of Town. The campground offers washrooms, showers and laundry facilities. The camp sites have full hook-ups; fire pits and free fire wood. A R.V. dump station is also available.

It is one of the beautiful, cleanest and peaceful R.V. parks that we have ever seen” are the comments that we hear repeatedly from our guests. We are confident you will feel the same once you visit us!

Location

Box 580
Faro Y0B 1K0
Canada
Phone: (867) 994-2728
Fax: (867) 994-3154
Phone Number: 
(867) 994-2728
Fax Number: 
(867) 994-3154

Accommodation

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$15.00
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Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall

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Come out to the only gambling hall ‘North of 60’ and be entertained by Dawson City’s original Klondike queen—Diamond Tooth Gertie! Get swept away by her powerhouse vocals as her Gold Rush Girls perform acrobatic high kicks in contemporary cancan style. While you’re taking in one (or all) of the three nightly shows, try your luck at blackjack, poker, roulette, or at one of our many slot machines. Step back in time and enjoy this one-of-a-kind attraction! Open 7 days a week, May to September. Select weekends throughout the year, $12 Entry.

Location

Fourth Avenue and Queen Street
Box 389
Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0
Canada
Phone: (867) 993-5575
Fax: (867) 993-6415
Phone Number: 
(867) 993-5575
Fax Number: 
(867) 993-6415
Email: 
kva@dawson.net

Whitehorse Rapids Fish Ladder

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The fishway tells the story of the longest salmon migration. Located at the end of Nisutlin Drive in Riverdale. 1-867-633-5965 or fishladder@northwestel.net

Spoken Languages
BONJOUR!

Location

At the end of Nisutlin Drive in Riverdale
Box 5920
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 6S7
Canada
Phone: 1 (867) 633-5965
Phone Number: 
1 (867) 633-5965

White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad

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Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, the White Pass & Yukon Route was completed in 1900 with the driving of the ceremonial Golden Spike in Carcross, YT. Known as “The Scenic Railway of the World”, it took the labor of 35,000 men, using only black blasting powder and crude tools, to hew out the 110-mile narrow gauge line that originally stretched from Skagway, AK to Whitehorse, YT. WP&YR was named an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1994, joining the Statue of Liberty and the Panama Canal. Today, guests experience the breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, trestles and tunnels from the comfort of vintage train cars. Trips depart from Skagway, AK, Fraser, BC, Carcross, YT, and Whitehorse, YT, between early May and late September each year. The White Pass & Yukon Route is Alaska’s most popular shore excursion and a favorite on many Alaska/Yukon travelers must-see lists.

Location

Building 1938
Carcross, YT Y0B 1B0
Canada
Phone: (867) 821-3930
Fax: (867) 821-3932
Phone Number: 
(867) 821-3930
Fax Number: 
(867) 821-3932
Toll-Free Phone: 
1-800-343-7373
Email: 
info@wpyr.com

Waterfront Trolley

Visitors to downtown Whitehorse can park and ride the beautifully restored 1925 Waterfront Trolley. The trolley departs northbound from Rotary Peace Park, across from the SS Klondike, and southbound from Spook Creek Station, behind Earl’s Restaurant. Passengers are welcome to disembark and re-board along the route at the various stations. This interpretive ride describes the Whitehorse waterfront’s fascinating history including the stories about the White Pass & Yukon Route line and the mighty sternwheelers that plied the Yukon River.

Location

1127 First Avenue
Stops along the downtown waterfront
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 0G5
Canada
Phone: (867) 667-6355
Phone Number: 
(867) 667-6355

Klondike Spirit

Come on an evening cruise including dinner and a cash bar. You will see a variety of attractions on this two-hour narrated cruise. Get your tickets at the front desk at Triple J Hotel. Group bookings welcome.

Location

Fifth Avenue and Queen Street
Box 359
Dawson City Y0B 1G0
Canada
Phone: (867) 993-5323
Phone Number: 
(867) 993-5323
Email: 
triplej@yknet.ca

Peabody's Photo Parlour

Dress in 1900 costume and have a picture taken in our Victorian studio. We sell film, print digital and negative, camera accessories, local crafts, gold/silver jewellery, frames, scrapbooking.

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Box 284
Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0
Canada
Phone: (867) 993-5209
Phone Number: 
(867) 993-5209

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

Yukon Wildlife Preserve

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Located only 25 minutes from downtown Whitehorse and open year round, we provide visitors the opportunity to view and learn about 10 species of northern mammals on our 700 acre preserve.

You can walk, ski, snowshoe or bike our 5 km viewing loop at your leisure or join us for a bus tour guided by one of our friendly and knowledgeable interpreters. Both experiences provide excellent opportunities to view Yukon mammals in natural habitats. Reservations are recommended for guided tours.

Our facility includes the Wildlife Research and Rehabilitation Center where injured wild animals are cared for by specialists who work to release healthy, capable animals back into the wild.

We are a center of northern education, conservation and research excellence and are a proud member of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums. Our mission is to promote knowledge and foster appreciation of arctic and boreal ecology.

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Km 8 (Mile 5) Takhini Hotsprings Road
Box 20191
Whitehorse Y1A 7A2
Canada
Phone: (867) 456-7300
Fax: (867) 633-2425
Phone Number: 
(867) 456-7300
Fax Number: 
(867) 633-2425

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

Jack London Museum

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Attention all history buffs and booklovers! We want you to answer the Call of the Wild by visiting Dawson City’s very own Jack London Museum. Explore the largest collection of Jack London memorabilia in the North—where photographs, letters, and additional archival material—give you a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of London’s Gold Rush days. Test your Jack London trivia with our knowledgeable interpreters, learn about the dog that inspired White Fang, and peer into the cabin constructed from London’s original Klondike home. Open 7 days a week May to September; $5.00.

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Eighth Avenue and Firth Street
Box 389
Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0
Canada
Phone: (867) 993-5575
Fax: (867) 993-6415
Phone Number: 
(867) 993-5575
Fax Number: 
(867) 993-6415
Email: 
kva@dawson.net

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi