Learn about Yukon's historic sites

  • Find a registered historic site
  • Read historic sites publications

  1. Find a registered historic site

    The Register of Yukon Historic Places website lists every place in the territory designated as historically significant under the Historic Resources Act. It includes municipal and territorial sites.

    Use the site's map to find registered historic places near you.

    For information on what it means to be a designated historic site, see Nominate a Yukon historic site.


  2. Read historic sites publications

    Many historic sites are landmarks within a community. Often, they are associated with remarkable people or historical events, or are places that have cultural, social, scientific or architectural significance.

    Fort Selkirk

    Download the Fort Selkirk guide.

    Fort Selkirk is a living cultural heritage site and a cherished reminder of the past. The site provides a rare glimpse into the Indigenous way of life and the history of trade and settlement in the North.

    The guide will help you explore the townsite and understand how life was here before roads. You will learn about Robert Campbell, Selkirk First Nation and how this small community was a trade and supply centre.

    Forty Mile: Ch'ëdä Dëk

    Download the Forty Mile: Ch'ëdä Dëk guide.

    The Forty Mile townsite is a part of the Forty Mile, Fort Cudahy and Fort Constantine Historic Site. It is located at the mouth of the Fortymile River where it empties into the Yukon River. This is 67 km upstream from the Alaska and Yukon border and 88 km downriver from Dawson.

    This site is jointly owned and managed by Yukon and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in governments. It is illegal to remove anything from this site.

    Herschel Island: Qikiqtaruk

    Download Herschel Island: Qikiqtaruk - A Guide to the Historic Resources.

    Herschel Island Park was the first territorial park established in Yukon. This island is an important part of the traditional homeland of the Inuvialuit and the history of the Western Arctic. The historic resources on Herschel Island are the products of two distinct cultures and are a reflection of the influences they had on each other.

    Because of its unique location and diverse cultural history, Herschel Island remains a special part of Yukon's rich heritage.

    Rampart House

    Download the Rampart House guide.

    Rampart House Historic Site is located near the mouth of Boundary Creek; right next to the boundary between the United States and Canada. Rampart is an important historical and archaeological site with many fragile remains. If you visit the site, take care not to harm buildings or collect souvenirs. This site is protected under the Vuntut Gwitchin land claim agreement and the Historic Resources Act. It is jointly owned by the Yukon and Vuntut Gwitchin governments.

    S.S. Tutshi

    Download the S.S. Tutshi guide.

    The S.S. Tutshi was built by the British Yukon Navigation Company in 1917. It was pulled out of service in 1955, and purchased by the Government of Yukon in 1971 for restoration. In 1990, the boat tragically caught fire. The S.S. Tutshi Memorial and Community Space in Carcross is dedicated to the S.S. Tutshi and its role in the area's tourism industry.

    Venus Mill

    Download Venus Mill: John Conrad's Jewel.

    The Venus Mill was built in 1908. It reduced the high cost of exporting silver ore. An aerial tramway was used to transport silver ore to the mill. Here it was processed through a series of water-and-gravity-propelled-steps to convert, concentrate and bag it for shipment. The mill and slope are now unstable and dangerous. Don't stop at this site along the South Klondike Highway. It is closed to the public.

    The Wreck of the A. J. Goddard

    Download a short history of the A. J. Goddard. It includes the story of its discovery and exploration.

    The A. J. Goddard was a Klondike Gold Rush-era sternwheeler. It was shipwrecked in 1902 and discovered at the bottom of Lake Laberge in 2008.


Contact 

For questions about Yukon historic sites and publications, email heritage.planning@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-5386 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5386.