Update on the status of the Dawson ice bridge

The Government of Yukon continues to monitor the status of the Yukon River in Dawson. Unfortunately, there is still not enough ice to construct a bridge. If the ice becomes thick enough, the Yukon government will make every effort to build a crossing for light-duty vehicles.

Residents are reminded that medical emergency services are always accessible by calling 911. Virtual health appointments and other online health resources are also available including:

  • 24/7 health advice by phoning 811;
  • Rapid Access Counselling appointments with Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services by phoning 867-456-3838; and
  • the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Reach Out Support Line by phoning 1-844-533-3030.

Yukoners who want to find up-to-date information on the status of the ice bridge can visit Yukon.ca/ice-bridge and check 511Yukon.ca.

Quick facts 
  • Last year, the bridge was open to light-duty vehicles (10,000 kilograms) on January 5, 2023. Heavy-duty vehicles (40,000 kilograms) could cross the ice bridge on February 2, 2023.

  • The ice jam where the Klondike River and Yukon River meet has made the usual freeze-up take longer than usual.

  • The current ice formation conditions are uncommon, but they have been seen in the past.

Media contact 

Carla Bohman
Communications, Department of Highways and Public Works

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