Government of Yukon

FOR RELEASE     #10-199
November 2, 2010

Carcross infrastructure projects 2010 update

WHITEHORSE – Continued progress in completing vital Carcross infrastructure projects worth more than $9 million has been reported by Community Services and Tourism and Culture departments.

“Yukon’s investments in Carcross have helped to revitalize the community, and the downtown core is taking shape,” Community Services Minister Archie Lang said. “We are proud to have worked jointly with Canada, White Pass and Yukon Route, the Carcross / Tagish First Nation, the local advisory council and the community to improve quality of life for residents and create local economic benefits.”

In 2010, six projects were advanced, four of which have been completed: the welcome sign; the boat launch dock and parking lot along the waterfront; the first phase of downtown roadworks; and the new turning lanes and tourist pullout. As for the remaining two projects, major construction has been completed on the SS Tutshi Memorial, while the Gateway Pavilion and visitor washrooms are presently under construction.

By the end of 2010, over $5 million will have been invested by Canada and Yukon in Carcross infrastructure development projects through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) and the Building Canada Fund (BCF). A further $4 million will be invested over the next 2 years. The Yukon government has also contributed $20,000 to the Carcross / Tagish First Nation Skookum Jim House project.

“Revitalizing the downtown core of Carcross is contributing to the community’s well-being and the development of local tourism, culture, heritage and business ventures,” Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor said. “Yukon government investments to build, improve and enhance Carcross and Destination Carcross venues are bringing long-term benefits to the community and to the Southern Lakes region.”

In total, Canada and Yukon are investing more than $9 million in the development of the Carcross waterfront under CSIF and community infrastructure upgrades through the Building Canada Fund. This support has leveraged other funding programs and investments from the private sector, in partnership with governments, to help revitalize and develop Carcross.

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Emily Younker
Cabinet Communications


Cathrine Morginn
Communications, Community Services


Karen Keeley
Communications, Tourism & Culture





Carcross Infrastructure Projects Summary

Carcross Waterfront CSIF Phase I        
  Pedestrian Bridge

$2.05 million

Completed Summer 2008

  Bennett Viewing Deck & Restroom Facilities 


 Completed Summer 2008

  Visitor Base Infrastructure Phase 1  - Power upgrades 


 Completed Fall 2009

  Carcross Carving Facility 


 Completed Summer 2009

  Carcross Welcome Sign


 Completed Fall 2010

  Carcross Boat Launch, Dock and Parking Lot 


 Completed Summer 2010

Carcross Waterfront CSIF Phase II     


  SS Tutshi Memorial 


 Completion Fall 2010

  Carcross Gateway Pavilion and Visitor Washrooms  


 Under Construction
Estimated completion Spring 2011

  Visitor Base Infrastructure Phase 2  - Carcross Downtown Roadworks  

 $1.4 million

 Under Construction
Estimated completion Fall 2011

  Carcross Landscaping 


 Construction summer 2012
Estimated completion Fall 2012

Building Canada Fund       
  Water System Upgrades

  $1.5 million

 Construction Summer 2011
Completion by January 2012

  Turning Lane and Tourist Pullout 

 $1.0 million

 Completed Fall 2010


 $9.23 million


Canadian Northern Economic Development (CanNor) is the federal delivery agency for CSIF projects working in partnership with Infrastructure Canada. Building Canada Fund projects are administered by Infrastructure Canada.