Heritage Organizations

The Selkirk First Nation cultural centre at Pelly Crossing is housed in a replica of Fort Selkirk's Big Jonathan House. This attraction has a range of works by local artists, as well as locally-made beaded clothing, birch bark baskets, baby birch bedding and tools. A model of a fish trap and a fish rack illustrate the catching, drying and smoking of the summer fish catch for winter use. Enjoy listening to cassette tapes of storytelling elders or try some Northern Tutchone language lessons on tape. Watch the Fort Selkirk: Voices of the People video to learn more about this interesting region and its people.

A restored heritage building in the community of Mayo, Binet House is home to displays on area history, early medical instruments, wildlife, geology, and local permafrost studies. The exhibit features a three-dimensional map of the region. A large collection of photographs portrays the lifestyle, past and present, of Mayo's residents and the local Na-Cho Nyäk Dun First Nation. There is a Veterans' Monument and a Pioneer Garden on the well-kept grounds. Nearby is a monument marking the start of the Prince of Wales Trail and the local section of the Trans Canada Trail. Visit the Binet House annex for tourist information and local arts and crafts.

This impressive log building in "downtown" Faro is the place to go for tourist information and interesting displays on the Campbell Region's history, geology and wildlife. The helpful interpretive staff can tell you everything you need to know for a great time in the area, including the location of trails, attractions, fishing holes, scenic drives and the best spots to view Sandhill Cranes and the unique Fannin sheep in the spring and fall. The centre also presents regular free guided walks and talks on the region's many fascinating heritage features. Visitors who fancy a free round on the town's "urban" nine-hole golf course can even borrow a set of clubs from the centre.

Breathtaking natural beauty and heart-wrenching human history! The Chilkoot Trail, managed by Parks Canada, is the same 53 km (33mi) trek that tested First Nation traders and gold-hungry dreamers. Let the spirit of people whose courage helped them survive the rugged northern wilderness inspire you. Hike the trail and share the challenge of those who reached the Klondike. Or, simply enjoy day trips and camping with friends and family at Lindeman City and historic Bennett Lake where you can visit a Victorian-era church still standing in a vanished boom town.  (Photo © Parks Canada Parcs Canada/Michael MacLean)

 

The Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society restores and preserves mining and railway history.

The society operates the Copperbelt Railway & Mining Museum at mile 919 on the Alaska Highway north of Whitehorse on the edge of the historic copper mining region. You can ride the rails, visit the station museum or relax in the picnic area.

The Dä Kų (Our House) Cultural Centre in Haines Junction celebrates the vibrant language, culture and traditions of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people, and offers guided tours, campfire talks, traditional artwork, artefacts, and more. Learn about: dän- our people, dän kéyi - our land, dän ke - our ways and  Southern Tutchone - our language.

Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre (Long Time Ago House) celebrates and shares the traditional and contemporary experiences of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. The Hammerstone Gallery explores the heritage and the events of the last one hundred years from the First Nation perspective. Displays include archaeological artifacts, reproductions of tools, costumes and life-sized photos that give voice to the memories and stories of the Elders.

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the hospitality of Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre's knowledgeable staff that provide daily guided tours of the Hammerstone Gallery, audiovisual presentations, dance performances, and cultural demonstrations. The gift shop carries hand-made clothing, books, music and gifts that reflect aboriginal culture.

The Dawson City Museum is housed in the beautiful Old Territorial Administration Building National Historic Site, one of the premier heritage attractions in the Klondike. The exhibits provide an in-depth look at Dawson's social and mining history, the Hän First Nations People, pre-gold rush history, the colourful Gold Rush era, and the natural history of the Klondike. Three Klondike Mines Railway locomotives, including one of the oldest preserved examples in Canada, are housed in the museum's train shelter. The Museum presents temporary exhibits, gallery tours by costumed interpreters, audiovisual programs, rocker box and gold pouring demonstrations, a series of special events, research services and a Gift and Coffee Shop.

George Johnston Museum and Heritage Park is the Teslin attraction named after a venerated Tlingit elder, trapper, fur trader, entrepreneur and photographer. Johnston's superpb photographs, his 1928 snow-white hunting car and exhibits of Tlingit ceremonial regalia and traditional artifacts tell the story of the Inland Tlingit as they meet the rapid changes of the first half of the 20th century.

A small theatre shows a renowned National Film Board film: "Picturing a People" by Tlingit Director Carol Geddes, hourly. Visitors can stroll prepared trails and picnic in interpretive rest areas.

The museum gift shop replicating Johnston's 1950 general store stocks furs and Tlingit arts and crafts.

Qikiqtaruk, "our island," was protected for its cultural importance to the Inuvialuit and its ecological importance to the Beaufort Sea. The 116 km2 park was established through the Inuvialuit Final Agreement in 1987, making it Yukon's first territorial park. Visitors come to experience the arctic tundra and marine environments, explore the historic whaling settlement, and learn about the layers of human history of the island. Inuvialuit Park Rangers welcome visitors and share stories through the lens of their ancient and enduring culture. Inuvialuit also use the island for fishing and hunting throughout the year, while staff and researchers study and monitor changes in the island's wildlife, geomorphology, cultural resources and climate.

To visit Yukon's only marine island, you can charter a boat or plane from Inuvik, NWT.

Photo credit: Jake Paleczny

The Hidden Histories Society Yukon is a non-profit organization that works to foster and increase the understanding of ethno-cultural history in the Yukon by engaging in research and the production of displays and events in communities throughout the territory and elsewhere.

HHSY works to enlarge the representation of diverse individuals and groups in the documentation and interpretation of Yukon history. We strive to bring forward the stories and life experiences of ethno-cultural individuals and groups so that they see themselves reflected appropriately in the telling of Yukon’s history. The results we believe will enrich Yukon’s social, cultural and economic foundations.

 

 

Tucked in a quiet corner in Dawson City, this quaint museum is dedicated entirely to the life and writing of White Fang author, Jack London. Browse through historical archives and photographs while learning about London's adventures before, during and after the Klondike Gold Rush. Explore the museum on your own or visit during one of our interactive and informative presentations.

As an extra treat take a peek inside the home where London resided during his days as a Klondike gold seeker, complete with contemporary furnishing and objects fit for a stampeder. This replica is built from half the logs of London's original cabin which was located on the North Fork of Henderson Creek. The other half resides in London's hometown of Oakland, California.

The John Tizya Centre is located in Old Crow, the only Yukon community located north of the Arctic Circle and home to the Vuntut Gwitchin. 

The JTC exhibit area has displays of the Vuntut Gwitchin's dynamic culture, the Porcupine Caribou herd, the landscape and oral history. The Centre also has educational opportunities for visitors and community members alike and the capacity for multimedia presentations and workshops.

The John Tizya Centre has been designed as a multi-use facility that will enhance the educational opportunities for visitors and community members alike,” Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Chief Joe Linklater said. “We are extremely excited to realize the vision of having our own building to display our history and the history of our land."

The Keno City Mining Museum building is Jackson Hall, Keno City's old community centre built in the 1920s. This museum captures the gold and silver mining history of the area dating from the early 1900s. Displays of early tools and equipment, as well as memorabilia and photographs, offer the visitor precious glimpses into the experiences of everyday life in isolated northern mining communities. The Museum also boasts a fine gift shop featuring Keno City and mining-related souvenirs, plus a variety of works by some of the Yukon’s most gifted artists. Next door to the museum, the Alpine Interpretive Centre interprets the area's natural history and serves as the starting point to a network of marked hiking trails.

Parks Canada operates an amazing array of National Historic Sites in the Klondike. In the course of your visit you might choose to explore the town while hearing tales of exhilarating adventures from lively interpreters in period costume, then venture into the Klondike goldfields that stoked a feverish stampede of fortune-hunters. Or you might rather experience stories of famous Dawson City’s writers: Robert Service, Pierre Berton or Jack London; step on board the S.S.  Keno; or just relax on at the Commissioner’s Residency veranda surrounded by pristine gardens. Whatever your style, Parks Canada and Klondike National Historic Sites has something for you! (Photo © CTC/F. Mueller)

Kluane Museum of Natural History offers a world-class wildlife exhibit along with displays on the Southern Tutchone people and the many plant species that make their home in the national park. The museum features realistic diorama displays of over 70 animals, birds and fish native to the Yukon. It also contains displays of Southern Tutchone artifacts, clothing and tools. A video theatre continuously shows movies with northern themes.

The gift shop features local crafts, northern books and videos, and hand-made moose-hide moccasins.

Home to 17 of Canada’s 20 highest peaks, Kluane National Park and Reserve is known worldwide for its wilderness recreation, especially mountaineering. Raft past glaciers on the remote Alsek River. Explore high mountain passes on multi-day treks. Or find more accessible adventure at Kathleen Lake, where great hikes await just off the highway. The Tachäl Dhäl Visitor Centre and the new Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre lay out all the options, including thrilling flightseeing for a bird’s-eye view. (Photo © Parks Canada/F. Mueller)

Your Yukon adventure starts here! From gold rush fever to the birth of our capital city, MacBride Museum offers a comprehensive view of the colourful characters and groundbreaking events that shaped Canada’s Yukon. Come face-to-face with a seven-foot grizzly in our Wild World Gallery, and share an interactive experience for the whole family in the Kids Discovery Zone. Discover the truth behind the Robert Service legend at Sam McGee's Cabin and learn about Engine 51, the locomotive that built the WP & YR railway, in our outdoor courtyards.

Look for our Gold to Government Gallery, which chronicles the people and events that built Canada’s Yukon. We also offer guided tours, costumes, a first-class gift shop, and a chance to try your hand at one of the territory's oldest professions - gold panning.

Northern Lights Centre in Watson Lake is home to the Yukon's only visitor facility dedicated to the science and folklore of the aurora borealis. A two-part presentation which features "The Yukon's Northern Lights" (filmed and produced entirely in the Yukon) and "Big" (an entertaining sky show that uses a light-hearted storytelling style, 3-D computer animation, stop-motion characters, and a surround-sound musical score to explore the age-old mysteries of the universe that continue to fascinate.

The two part presentation lasts approximately one hour.

Built in 1900, the Old Log Church and Rectory are among the oldest buildings in Whitehorse. Today, the church's exhibits and interactive displays tell stories about the early days of missionaries, whalers, explorers and Yukon First Nations. The impressive collection of artifacts, including a unique collection of Inuvialuit articles from Herschel Island, and numerous historic photographs offer a great way for visitors to learn about the early contact between Europeans and the Yukon's First Nations people. The museum is also the best place to hear about the legendary "Bishop Who Ate His Boots!" The museum gift shop is open daily. It has a good selection of books and locally-made products unique to the museum.

The sternwheeler S.S. Klondike, managed by Parks Canada, sits now on the banks of the Yukon River. This steamship is an icon for the city of Whitehorse and tells visitors the history of transportation on the Yukon River, from 1929 to 1955. The S.S. Klondike welcomes guests to return to the romantic days of the riverboats. Learn about the boat's design, what it carried, and how passengers and crew spent their days aboard the vessel. Locate the geocache or try the game of quoits. After your visit to the riverboat, round out the adventure with one of the many attractions along the Whitehorse waterfront. The S.S. Klondike National Historic site is open from May long weekend to Labor Day. (Photo ©Parks Canada/F. Mueller)

 

The Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre showcases the past and present culture of the Northern Tutchone with many fascinating exhibits. Indoor features include a moose skin boat, a dugout canoe, a rare collection of stone and bone tools, a beaded slipper collection, and traditional outfits. Outdoors, visitors will find a walking trail through several First Nation outdoor displays. The centre is home to the world's only mammoth snare diorama!

The staff conduct guided tours in an oral tradition. Visitors are encouraged to listen to the stories and information, and learn about the culture and exhibits.

The centre also has a craft shop featuring local artwork and clothing.

The Teslin Tlingit Heritage Center welcomes visitors to participate in the day-to-day life of the Tlingit people whose traditions are reflected in every aspect of the facility. This striking building on the shores of Teslin Lake houses the Great Hall, home of the Clan Governance for the Teslin Tlingit people. Interpretive displays feature masks and artifacts that explain two centuries of Tlingit history and the culture of the Inland Tlingit people. Visit the gift shop/gallery for authentic Tlingit art.

The Tombstone Interpretive Centre is a welcoming base to experience Tombstone Territorial Park, part of the Tr'ondëk H'wëch'in traditional territory. The centre showcases the park's natural and cultural history through interpretive displays, a library, trails, guided walks and programs. Outdoor information boards display updates on wildlife sightings, bear safety, events, trail and highway conditions. The centre's friendly, knowledgeable staff invite visitors to share their adventures in Ddhäl Ch'èl Cha Nän, "ragged mountain land," by the fireplace with a cup of wild mountain tea.

Photo credit: YG

 

 

 

 

Explore Vuntut National Park and discover a vast arctic landscape of rocky peaks and tundra valleys. Follow in the footsteps of the caribou and generations of Vuntut Gwitchin people, and explore sweeping landscapes rich in wildlife and cultural heritage.  Vuntut National Park has no services, facilities, designated landing areas, or developed trails, but offers a world of adventure for experienced explorers. Backpack in a spectacular arctic landscape and immerse yourself in the land’s rich natural and cultural heritage. For a taste of Vuntut National Park, visit Old Crow, Yukon’s only fly-in community, where the Vuntut Gwitchin people still live with the rhythms of the Porcupine Caribou Herd and the land and seasons. Located 60 kilometres south of Vuntut National Park, Old Crow offers visitors a window into both the traditional and contemporary culture of the Vuntut Gwitchin people, whose territory includes Vuntut National Park.    (Photo © Parks Canada/C. Siddall)

Visitors to downtown Whitehorse can park and ride the Waterfront Trolley with stops at Spook Creek Station, MacBride Museum of Yukon History, the White Pass & Yukon Route depot, the Visitor Information Centre and the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site. This interpretive ride uses an historic trolley on the original W.P. & Y.R. line along the Whitehorse waterfront.

From love letters to home movies, photographs to handwritten diaries, turn-of-the century newspapers to modern sound recordings, the Yukon Archives preserves and shares a wealth of original, unique and irreplaceable materials that shed light on almost every aspect of the Yukon experience.

The Archives is a great place to start your search into that mysterious relative who may have taken part in the Klondike Gold Rush or any other significant event in Yukon history. Staff are always available to help with your search. You can also view one of the rotating exhibits, which touch on virtually every subject and theme related to the Yukon.

Reproduction services are available for textual material, photographs, maps, sound recordings and videos.

The Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery is open year round and hosts ten to fourteen exhibitions a year, often two or three running concurrently. 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. We show the works of professional Yukon artists, while bringing exhibitions of national importance to the Yukon. Everyone is welcome to attend opening night receptions. Artists are often in attendance.

 

Imagine a world where the vast steppe stretches unbroken as far as the eye can see. Envision a place where predators of staggering proportions compete with human hunters for food in a cold, dry, treeless expanse. Explore the mysteries of that world within the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre and watch Beringia come alive.

This multimedia exposition features life-size exhibits of ice age animals, interactive computer kiosks and dioramas depicting the unique landscape, flora and fauna of Beringia. Highlights of the centre include a full-size cast of the largest woolly mammoth ever recovered in North America and a reconstruction of the 24,000 year old Bluefish Cave archaeological site.

For a true understanding of Yukon character visit the Yukon Transportation Museum – A Moving Experience. Come and experience big, impressive modes of transportation that tell dramatic, authentic, and personal stories of Yukon ingenuity and self-sufficiency.

The Yukon Transportation Museum brings to life over 100 years of transportation history in the Yukon. Follow the stories of the early bush pilots as they struggled to make community access easier. Hike the Chilkoot trail alongside the intrepid stampeders as they forged their way by boat, foot and train to make it to the storied riches of Yukon’s Klondike gold fields. Hear the tales of the people that shaped the Alaska Highway, the road still essential to life in Canada’s famous Yukon. At the Yukon Transportation Museum you will see, read, and hear about the rich history of the north through lively stories and the interesting, detailed and surprising size of displays.

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.