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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  • Adäka Cultural Festival

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    June 27, 2014 - July 03, 2014

    The Adäka Cultural Festival was launched in July 2011, with a mission to develop and deliver a world-class, iconic festival that showcases, celebrates, and fosters the development of Yukon’s diverse and distinctive First Nations arts and culture.

    Spoken Languages
    German: 
    Don't Speak German

    Location

    Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
    Black Street and First Avenue
    Whitehorse Y1A 5P7
    Canada
    Phone: 867-667-7698
    Fax: (867) 667-7527
    Phone Number: 
    867-667-7698
    Fax Number: 
    (867) 667-7527

    Available Light Film Festival

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    Available Light Film Festival
    February 6 to 15, 2015 @ Yukon Arts Centre

    The Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) has been a fixture in the territory’s cultural scene for over a decade. Every year, the festival screens the best of contemporary Canadian and international film to eager audiences in Whitehorse. ALFF provides the opportunity to see award-winning films, participate in workshops and the ALFF Media Industry Forum, and be transported to other worlds in the dead of winter.

    Spoken Languages
    BONJOUR!
    German: 
    Don't Speak German

    Location

    212 Lambert Street
    Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1Z4
    Canada
    Phone: 1 (867) 393-3456
    Phone Number: 
    1 (867) 393-3456
    Social Media
    YouTube: 
    http://www.youtube.com/user/YukonFilmSociety

    Barracks Office and Retail Services

    Visit the historical 1950 Minto RCMP Barracks and the NEW post office, coffee shop, and ice cream parlour. Sit inside or relax on the large patio deck while accessing free Wi-Fi.

    Spoken Languages
    German: 
    Don't Speak German

    Location

    35601 North Klondike Highway
    Carmacks, YT
    Canada
    Phone Number: 
    (867) 863-5095
    Fax Number: 
    (867) 863-5095

    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.

    Spoken Languages
    German: 
    Don't Speak German

    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
  • 12655
    http://travelyukon.com/trade/arctic-range-adventure-1
    Arctic Day: White Pass Train & Skagway | full day
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    This tour starts in Whitehorse and we travel along the South Klondike Highway to Fraser, BC, connecting with the world famous narrow gauge White Pass railway over the White Pass Summit and into...

    Jun 1 2015
    Sep 25 2015
    Starting At
    + fees & taxes
    3164
    http://travelyukon.com/trade/arctic-range-adventure-1
    Arctic Winter Explorer | Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk
    http://travelyukon.com/trade/package/arctic-winter-explorer-ice-road-tuktoyaktuk
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    Join us as we travel overland from the Pacific to the Arctic, along snow covered highways and roadways built of ice along ancient wildlife corridors, and traditional trading routes of First...

    Mar 4 2016
    Apr 8 2016
    plus 5% GST
    13978
    http://travelyukon.com/trade/alayuk-adventures-3
    Chilkoot trail
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    Every time I hike the Chilkoot trail, I think about all the dreamers that fought against this inhospitable country. Few found gold but many found inner strength. All lived real adventures. They...

    Jun 1 2015
    Sep 5 2015
    Starting At
    + fees & taxes
    15155
    http://travelyukon.com/trade/black-bear-wilderness-adventures-inc
    Takhini Hot Springs Retreat
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    Relax in the mineral waters of our famous Thermal Hot Springs. Swim or soak in two connected pools of odorless thermal water from deep within the earth, while enjoying the wonderful view of the...

    Dec 2 2014
    Dec 31 2015
    Starting At
    min. 2 people
    15157
    http://travelyukon.com/trade/black-bear-wilderness-adventures-inc
    Whitehorse the "Wilderness City"
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    This tour unites Culture, History & Arts with proud First Nation’s Heritage. Learn about native history at the Quanlin Dun Cultural Center, see an old log church and sky scraper, visit the...

    Dec 1 2014
    Dec 31 2015
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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.

Spoken Languages
BONJOUR!
German: 
Don't Speak German

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
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Sea to Sky Expeditions

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Sea to Sky Expeditions has been offering quality wilderness experiences since 1988. Our goal is to provide a safe wilderness experience which meets your expectations and stirs within you the same love, caring, and passion for nature and the great outdoors that our guides possess. We know that you will make some new friends along the way and take wonderful memories home.

We offer hiking trips over the historic Chilkoot trail which is rich not only in Klondike goldrush history but beautiful and varied scenery as well. Our helicopter ride into the stunning Tombstone Mountains allows us to offer a moderate trip with a mix of day hikes and backpacking.

Continue the adventure by paddling canoes with us down one of the many Yukon Rivers - The Teslin, Pelly, Yukon and Wind rivers are all pre-scheduled trips which offer the beginner to intermediate paddler access to amazing Northern wilderness.

Disconnect from your busy life and allow a new rhythm to take a hold of you here in the North!

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German
Phone Number: 
604-815-4202
Fax Number: 
1.866.880.7151
Toll-Free Phone: 
1.800.990.8735

Adäka Cultural Festival

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June 27, 2014 - July 03, 2014

The Adäka Cultural Festival was launched in July 2011, with a mission to develop and deliver a world-class, iconic festival that showcases, celebrates, and fosters the development of Yukon’s diverse and distinctive First Nations arts and culture.

Adäka means “coming into the light” in the Southern Tutchone language. The Festival is committed to shining a light on the creative spirit of Yukon First Nations people, helping to preserve and revitalize our arts and culture, while inspiring artists and youth to take pride in their heritage and communities.

Each year the Festival hosts over 150 artists and features a vibrant schedule of traditional and contemporary performances, artist demonstrations, an art market and gallery, workshops, cultural presentations, films, community feast, and more!

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
Black Street and First Avenue
Whitehorse Y1A 5P7
Canada
Phone: 867-667-7698
Fax: (867) 667-7527
Phone Number: 
867-667-7698
Fax Number: 
(867) 667-7527

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WiFi: 
No WiFi

S.S. Keno National Historic Site

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The S.S. Keno was built in 1922 and has a shallow two-foot draft and a narrow beam. These features allowed the ship to navigate through shallow water and sections with ever-changing sandbars and gave it the ability to make turns around tight, narrow curves. The stern-mounted paddlewheel permitted the sternwheeler to land anywhere along riverbanks and it assisted in getting off sandbars. The paddle wheel was protected from snags and sweepers by the hull. The S.S. Keno worked mainly on the Stewart River hauling silver-lead concentrate from Mayo to Stewart City. It was also used for the early and late season trips to Dawson City. The S.S. Keno National Historic Site is open from the May long weekend till the September long weekend.

Spoken Languages
BONJOUR!
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Parks Canada
Box 390
Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0
Canada
Phone: (867) 993-7200
Phone Number: 
(867) 993-7200

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

Carcross Trading Post

Yukon arts and crafts. Located in Carcross at the gold pans. We have eight local artists' items in our store. Featuring: Ron Berg's metal art, William Kane's antler carvings, Daphne Mennell's art cards and more. We ship! Don't drive past without seeing this display!

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Lot 1, Block 20
Carcross, YT
Canada
Phone Number: 
(867) 821-6017

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

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.

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

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

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

Takhini Hot Pools

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Takhini Hot Pools is a natural mineral hot springs located 30 km from downtown Whitehorse. Our facilities are clean, the pool is drained nightly, and the water is odourless. Enjoy a soak in our 42° Celsius water! We are open seven days a week.

Spoken Languages
BONJOUR!
German: 
Can Speak German

Location

Km 10 Takhini Hot Springs Road
Box 20404
Whitehorse Y1A 7A2
Canada
Phone: 1 (867) 456-8000
Fax: 1 (867) 668-2689
Phone Number: 
(867) 456-8000

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

Dawson City Firefighters Museum

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The Dawson City Fire Fighters’ Museum in a non-profit organization run by members of the Dawson City Volunteer Fire Department. Our mission is to preserve our firefighting heritage by acquiring, restoring and maintaining the apparatus, equipment, pictures and memorabilia of the Dawson City Fire Department’s past.

Located next to the Fire Hall in the North end of town, directly across from the Ferry Landing, the museum offers an extensive collection of vintage fire engines, apparatus, artifacts, pictures and information about the history of fire fighting in the City of Dawson.

Established in 1898 during the Gold Rush era, we are the oldest Fire Department in the Yukon, and we have many artifacts and vehicles on display from this period. In addition to these unique exhibits, we also house vehicles and firefighting equipment from the early Twentieth Century right up until the present day.

For more information, please visit our website.

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Next to the Firehall on Front Street, across from the ferry landing.
Front Street
Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0
Canada
Phone: (867) 993-7407
Phone Number: 
(867) 993-7407

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, YT Y1A 7A2
Canada
Phone: (867) 456-7300
Fax: (867) 633-2425
Phone Number: 
(867) 456-7300
Fax Number: 
(867) 633-2425
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Klondike National Historic Sites

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Visit historic Dawson City with costumed interpreters through a variety of tours and programs or on your own time with self-guided options. Tickets and information at the Visitor Centre. Five geocache sites.

Spoken Languages
BONJOUR!
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Parks Canada
Box 390
Dawson City Y0B 1G0
Canada
Phone: (867) 993-7200
Phone Number: 
(867) 993-7200

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi