As August came to an end, so did a great first season at the new Pelly Crossing seasonal community pool. This infrastructure project, which took place following investments from the Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada, consisted of designing and constructing a new pool to replace the existing covered below-ground facility, which was built in 1984 and was at the end of its serviceable life.
The new pool served as more than just a place to cool off on hot summer days; it provided refreshing recreational opportunities for community members of all ages. Along with the many physical and mental health benefits of swimming, the pool helped bring people together and encouraged socialization for adults, teens and kids.
This project reflects the Yukon government’s commitment to sustainability and greener practices by repurposing existing infrastructure built on the existing site, such as the solar hot water heating system.
The Government of Canada invested $5.25 million in this project through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) and Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNCIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Yukon contributed more than $3.45 million to the new pool.
Our government is proud to invest in community infrastructure that creates opportunities for Yukoners and visitors to gather, learn and play. The opening of the Pelly Crossing pool is an exciting milestone for the community and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts for years to come. We are thankful for the consistent support from the Government of Canada in promoting recreation, and I extend my best wishes to the Selkirk First Nation as they oversee the operation of this impressive facility.
Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn
Our government was proud to be a partner in this initiative by investing $5.25 million toward the Pelly Crossing pool, which is sure to be a popular spot for years to come. The improved recreational facility will make a big splash for local swimmers of all ages. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project and working toward a common goal to build an active and resilient community.
Member of Parliament for the Yukon Brendan Hanley, on behalf of the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Sean Fraser
We celebrate the opening of our new swimming facility in Pelly Crossing, a long-awaited addition that will bring joy, health, and stronger community connections to our citizens.
Chief of Selkirk First Nation Sharon Nelson
Across the Yukon, shared public spaces are the beating heart of our communities. By investing in infrastructure like the new pool in Pelly Crossing, we are helping build strong, resilient communities. Operated by the Selkirk First Nation, I am confident that the new pool will serve as an important hub for social gatherings, physical activity and more. It was great seeing the new facility this summer, and I look forward to its use for years to come. Máhsin cho to everyone who helped bring this project to life!
Mayo-Tatchun Member of the Legislative Assembly Jeremy Harper
The Pelly Crossing pool is staffed by a pool manager and a lifeguard.
The pool is typically open from May to August annually.
The old pool consisted of a covered pool deck area and was built in 1984.
The pool’s dimensions are 15 metres long and 7.5 metres wide with a maximum depth of 1.8 metres and has three lanes.
The pool is operated by the Selkirk First Nation.