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Beaver Creek | Burwash Landing | Carcross and Tagish | Carmacks | Dawson City | Faro | Haines Junction | Mayo | Old Crow | Pelly Crossing | Ross River | Teslin | Watson Lake | Whitehorse

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is the westernmost community in Canada, located on the Alaska Highway just a few kilometers from the Alaska border.

It is home to the White River First Nation and the population is approximately 100.

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Burwash Landing

Burwash Landing is located on the shores of Kluane Lake, on the Alaska Highway. The community’s major attraction is the Kluane Museum of Natural History.

Burwash Landing is the administrative centre of the Kluane First Nation and the population is approximately 90.

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Carcross and Tagish  

This area was a stopover and supply centre during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Carcross is located south of Whitehorse and north of Skagway, Alaska, on Lake Bennett. Approximately 435 people live in Carcross today and it is home to the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Carcross was traditionally a caribou crossing, which is how the community got its name.

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Tagish is a smaller community and is located about 30 kilometres east of Carcross.

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Carmacks

Carmacks is a highway community located on the Klondike Highway between Whitehorse and Dawson City. It is located on the Yukon River and named for George Carmack, one of the discoverers of gold in the Klondike.

Carmacks is home to the Little Salmon/ Carmacks First Nation and approximately 405 people live there.

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Dawson City

Dawson City is a National Historic Site and was Yukon's original capital city. At the peak of the gold rush in 1898, it was the largest city in western Canada with a population of 40,000.

Today, the population is approximately 1,860. Tourism and placer mining are the main economic activities.

Dawson City is located at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike rivers and is home to the Trondëk Hwëchi’in First Nation.

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Faro

Faro was established in 1969 to support an open-pit lead and zinc mine nearby. The mine is no longer in operation, but is being monitored in preparation for reclamation. The population of Faro has fluctuated with mining operations, but today approximately 400 people live there.

It is located on the Pelly River, in the Anvil Mountains, northeast of Whitehorse on the Robert Campbell Highway.

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Haines Junction

Haines Junction is a popular recreation destination for Yukoners and tourists alike. It is located at the junction of the Alaska and Haines highways and is set against the spectacular backdrop of the St. Elias Mountain Range.

The Champagne and Ashihik First Nations operate an administrative centre in Haines Junction and the population is approximately 810.

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Mayo

Mayo is a prospecting and placer mining community in central Yukon, and serves as a supply centre for the surrounding area.

It is located on the Silver Trail, southeast of Dawson City on the Stewart River, and has a population of approximately 420 people.

Mayo lies within the traditional territory of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun.

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Old Crow

Old Crow is home to the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the only Yukon community located north of the Arctic Circle. It sits on the banks of the Porcupine River and is one of the earliest sites of human habitation in North America.

Approximately 280 people live in Old Crow.

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Pelly Crossing

Pelly Crossing is located between Whitehorse and Dawson City on the North Klondike Highway. Families from Yukon River settlements moved to this location in the 1950s when the highway was completed and sternwheelers ceased transport operations on the river.

The Selkirk First Nation is based in Pelly Crossing. The population of the community is approximately 300.

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Ross River

Ross River is a Kaska First Nations community located at the confluence of the Ross and Pelly rivers and where the Canol road meets the Robert Campbell Highway. 

The Ross River Dena Council is located in the community and the population is approximately 350.

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Teslin

Teslin is a Tlingit community south of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway. It is situated on the narrows of Teslin Lake at the mouth of the Nisutlin River.The village is an active tourism destination and a popular fishing spot.

The First Nations people of Teslin belong to the Teslin Tlingit Council and the population is approximately 415.

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Watson Lake

Watson Lake is located in southeast Yukon at the junction of the Alaska, Robert Campbell and Stewart-Cassiar highways. It is home to the famous signpost forest.

The community lies in the traditional territory of the Kaska first nation people and has a population of approximately 1,550.

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Whitehorse

Whitehorse is Yukon’s capital city. It is the largest community with an approximate population of 24,150. Close to 75% of Yukon's population lives in Whitehorse. It is Yukon's administrative, transportation and communications centre.

Whitehorse lies in the traditional territories of Ta’an Kwach’an Council and the Kwanlin Dun First Nation.

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