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
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    Amazing wonders at Kluane National Park
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    Kluane National Park: gateway to the famous St. Elias Mountain Range, where Canada's highest peaks and the world's largest non-polar ice fields await. We visit Da Kų Cultural and Parks Canada...

    Jun 1 2014
    Mar 31 2015
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    13978
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    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
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    15444
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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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    15155
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    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
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    15157
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    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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Canada Games Centre

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The Canada Games Centre, built as a host venue for the 2007 Canada Winter Games, is a multi-purpose venue located in the heart of Yukon’s capital city, Whitehorse. Minutes from Whitehorse hotels, the Centre is the largest venue of it’s kind in Northern Canada and one of few in Western Canada.

With two arenas, a flexihall, a fieldhouse, aquatic centre, fitness centre, indoor running track and flexible event space, the Canada Games Centre really does offer it all. From Aquafit to Zumba….the Canada Games Centre has spontaneous use drop-in activities for all ages, dawn till dusk at affordable rates!

Amenities include: ATCO Ice, Child Play Area, Coca-Cola Fieldhouse, Family Literacy Centre, Flexihall (sprung hardwood floor), Indoor Fitness Track, Leisure Ice, Meeting Rooms, Northwestel Arena, Physio Plus, Subway® Food Services, Wellness Centre, Wellness Studio, Whitehorse Lions Aquatic Centre, Booster Juice®

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Top of Two Mile Hill and Alaska Highway
200 Hamilton Blvd.
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 0A6
Canada
Phone: (867) 667-4FUN (4386)
Fax: (867) 668-8675
Phone Number: 
(867) 667-4FUN (4386)
Fax Number: 
(867) 668-8675
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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

S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

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The British Yukon Navigation (BYN) Company sternwheeler fleet plied the upper Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City in the early twentieth century. The S.S. Klondike was the largest sternwheeler in the fleet. Built in 1929, the ship sank in 1936, was rebuilt and launched as the S.S. Klondike II in spring 1937.

Located on the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse, Yukon, and restored to its original 1937-40 appearance, the S.S. Klondike pays tribute to an era of riverboat transportation and the inland water transportation system that linked the Yukon to the outside world before the advent of roads. Explore the boat using the self-guided tour brochure, the Explora app, or the Xplorer kid's booklet. See if you can find the Geocache. Open from the May long weekend till the September long weekend. Bonjour! For more information, call 867-667-3910 / 1-800-661-0486, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ssklondike.

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Parks Canada
205-300 Main Street
Whitehorse Y1A 2B5
Canada
Phone: 1 (867) 667-4511
Phone Number: 
1 (867) 667-4511

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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Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum

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.

The Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum is an interpretive learning experience focusing on Whitehorse and Yukon mining and rail history. Whether it’s a ride through the northern boreal forests you crave, a place to take your family for fun and adventure, or a fascinating history lesson on northern mining, rail and life, visiting our museum, picnic pavilion, playground and beloved train ride on the “Loki” is a must for you, your friends and your family.

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Mile 919 Alaska Highway
Whitehorse, YT Y0B 1B0
Canada
Phone: (867) 667-6198
Phone Number: 
(867) 667-6198

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

Yukon Arts Centre

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The Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery is open year round and hosts ten to fourteen exhibitions a year. Concurrently, in the Community Gallery and Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery we have exhibitions featuring local and youth artists. We are committed to excellence in the visual arts and to bringing innovative exhibitions that explore the rich diversity of contemporary art from local, regional, national and international perspectives. Everyone is welcome to attend opening night receptions. Artists are often in attendance.

We are also happy to offer various types of Gallery Tours, Art Talks at the Old Fire Hall, a monthly Kids Kreate during the fall/winter and an Art Library at Arts Underground.

To find out more about our current exhibitions and programs please visit our website. http://yukonartscentre.com/gallery/

GALLERY HOURS
Monday to Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday from 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Open during theatre performances

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

300 College Drive, Yukon Place
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5X9
Canada
Phone: (867) 393-7109
Fax: 1 (867) 393-6300
Phone Number: 
(867) 393-7109
Fax Number: 
1 (867) 393-6300
Email: 
gallery@yac.ca

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

Free Claim #6

No visit to Dawson City is complete without trying your hand at gold panning! At Claim #6, you can practice your skill and keep all the gold you find! Open thaw to freeze up; hand tools only. FREE!

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Km 18 Bonanza Creek Road
Dawson City, YT
Canada
Phone Number: 
(867) 993-5575
Toll-Free Phone: 
1-877-465-3006
Email: 
kva@dawson.net

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

Black Bear Wilderness Adventures Inc.

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From Day Trips to Wilderness Tours, from Cabin Rentals to Adventure Publications - Black Bear Wilderness offers authentic and well planned Yukon Adventures. Year-round.

Join exciting Day Trips around Whitehorse or as far as Kluane National Park. Go wildlife viewing, learn common bush crafts or relax in our natural hot springs. Try seeing all this from above on a breathtaking helicopter ride.

Withdraw from everyday life into a rustic log cabin at Kluane National Park, Shallow Bay or Ibex Valley – a time of simplicity and peace.

With reliable Transportation Service we will get you anywhere safe and comfortable.

Our monthly Special Feature allows you to explore the Yukon on a much more intimate note.

20 years of tourism experience provided extensive knowledge in Yukon history, local culture, wildlife and fauna. We constantly strive for a healthy balance between enjoyment of nature and its protection. Let us share that with you.

Spoken Languages
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

Box 20935
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 6P2
Canada
Phone: 867-633-3993
Phone Number: 
867-633-3993

Accommodation

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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.

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

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi