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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    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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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
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

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 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

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. Bonjour! For more information, call 867-993-7200,
www.parkscanada.gc.ca/klondike.

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

Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race

An iconic event in the North, the Yukon Quest trail visits 11 communities on historic routes and unique landscapes.

Between 25 to 30 participants sign up for the race from around the world, each with a team of 14 athlete dogs to take them to the finish line

Over 800 volunteers join our family in making this race a great success, and we have over 200 members that support our race every year.

Whitehorse will host 5 events during Finish Week from Saturday Feb 8th to the 15th, including free mushing rides, Questfest, Meet the Mushers and our famous Finish & Awards Banquet.

Spoken Languages
BONJOUR!
German: 
Don't Speak German

Location

2-1109 First Avenue
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5G4
Canada
Phone: (867) 668-4711
Fax: (867) 668-6674
Phone Number: 
(867) 668-4711
Fax Number: 
(867) 668-6674

Accommodation

WiFi: 
No WiFi

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

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

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

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. Get cozy with the locals in a darkened theatre to share an intimate cinematic adventure.

Highlights for 2015:
Live Music and Film Performances by: Tanya Tagaq and Nanook of the North, John Southworth and the South Seas, Julie Doiron, Jon McKiel, Old Cabin and The Wooden Sky.
23 cinema screenings, including: 20,000 Days on Earth, Down River, Violent, The Sower, Two 4 One, All the Time in the World, Mommy, Virunga and Tu dors Nicole.

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

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