Beaver Creek, Yukon

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Beaver Creek
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Beaver Creek is located in Canada
Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek
Coordinates: 62°23′7″N 140°53′35″W / 62.38528°N 140.89306°W / 62.38528; -140.89306Coordinates: 62°23′7″N 140°53′35″W / 62.38528°N 140.89306°W / 62.38528; -140.89306
Country Canada
Territory Yukon
Area[1]
 • Land 27.14 km2 (10.48 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 650 m (2,130 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 103
 • Density 3.8/km2 (10/sq mi)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Canadian Postal code Y0B 1A0
Area code(s) 867

Beaver Creek is a community in Yukon, Canada. Located at kilometre 1934 (historical mile 1202) of the Alaska Highway, close to the Alaska-Yukon border, it is Canada's westernmost community. The community's main employers are a Canada Border Services Agency port, the White River First Nation and a number of tourist lodges.

At the 2011 census Beaver Creek had a population of 103, a decrease of 8% since the 2006 census.[1] It is the home of the White River First Nation. The First Nation is made up of Upper Tanana speaking people whose traditional territory extends from the Donjek River into neighbouring Alaska, and Athapaskan Northern Tutchone speaking people whose traditional territories included the lower Stewart River and the area south of the Yukon River on the White and Donjek River drainages.

In addition to the Alaska Highway, the community is served by the Beaver Creek Airport.

Border crossing in 1999.


Climate[edit]

Like most of the Yukon, Beaver Creek has a subarctic climate. It is situated at an elevation of approximately 650 metres (2,130 ft).[2] Beaver Creek experiences annual temperature average daily highs of 20 °C (68 °F) in July and average daily lows of −30 °C (−22 °F) in January.[3] Record high temperature was 32.8 °C (91.0 °F) on June 15, 1969 and the lowest was −55.0 °C (−67.0 °F) on January 17, 1971.[3] Beaver Creek has an average annual snowfall of 117.9 cm (46.42 in) and 298.6 mm (11.76 in) of rainfall.[3]

The airstrip at Snag, 25 km (16 mi) east of Beaver Creek, experienced the lowest ever temperature measured in North America (excluding Greenland), −63.0 °C (−81.4 °F) on February 3, 1947.

Climate data for Beaver Creek
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 2.8 7.1 8.3 19.4 25.5 36.8 36.2 33.0 25.3 18.3 7.2 12.4 36.8
Record high °C (°F) 4.0
(39.2)
7.0
(44.6)
10.0
(50)
22.0
(71.6)
29.0
(84.2)
32.8
(91)
31.5
(88.7)
31.1
(88)
26.5
(79.7)
20.5
(68.9)
7.8
(46)
14.0
(57.2)
32.8
(91)
Average high °C (°F) −20.4
(−4.7)
−13.1
(8.4)
−3.5
(25.7)
6.2
(43.2)
13.4
(56.1)
19.1
(66.4)
20.3
(68.5)
17.9
(64.2)
10.9
(51.6)
−0.9
(30.4)
−14.2
(6.4)
−19.0
(−2.2)
1.4
(34.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −25.2
(−13.4)
−19.9
(−3.8)
−12.3
(9.9)
−1.3
(29.7)
6.6
(43.9)
12.4
(54.3)
14.1
(57.4)
11.3
(52.3)
4.6
(40.3)
−6.2
(20.8)
−19.0
(−2.2)
−23.6
(−10.5)
−4.9
(23.2)
Average low °C (°F) −30.0
(−22)
−26.7
(−16.1)
−21.1
(−6)
−8.7
(16.3)
−0.2
(31.6)
5.6
(42.1)
7.8
(46)
4.7
(40.5)
−1.7
(28.9)
−11.5
(11.3)
−23.9
(−11)
−28.3
(−18.9)
−11.2
(11.8)
Record low °C (°F) −55.0
(−67)
−52.0
(−61.6)
−48.0
(−54.4)
−35.0
(−31)
−13.5
(7.7)
−7.0
(19.4)
−2.0
(28.4)
−6.7
(19.9)
−26.0
(−14.8)
−37.2
(−35)
−46.5
(−51.7)
−52.8
(−63)
−55.0
(−67)
Wind chill −60.4 −56.4 −54.6 −34.6 −13.3 −4.8 −2.3 −5.3 −20.2 −39.8 −47.6 −59.7 −60.4
Precipitation mm (inches) 13.9
(0.547)
13.9
(0.547)
12.9
(0.508)
8.8
(0.346)
39.7
(1.563)
72.0
(2.835)
101.3
(3.988)
57.1
(2.248)
36.9
(1.453)
28.1
(1.106)
19.2
(0.756)
13.5
(0.531)
417.3
(16.429)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
1.4
(0.055)
35.6
(1.402)
72.0
(2.835)
101.3
(3.988)
56.7
(2.232)
27.8
(1.094)
4.0
(0.157)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
298.6
(11.756)
Snowfall cm (inches) 13.9
(5.47)
13.9
(5.47)
12.9
(5.08)
7.5
(2.95)
4.1
(1.61)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.4
(0.16)
9.1
(3.58)
24.1
(9.49)
19.2
(7.56)
12.8
(5.04)
117.9
(46.42)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 6.2 5.1 4.9 3.0 9.6 13.7 17.5 13.2 9.7 9.7 8.1 5.7 106.4
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 8.1 13.7 17.5 13.2 8.0 1.4 0.0 0.0 62.4
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 6.2 5.1 4.9 2.5 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.9 8.2 8.1 5.7 43.9
Source: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses
  2. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 29 May 2014 to 0901Z 24 July 2014
  3. ^ a b c d "Beaver Creek A" (CSV (2874 KB)). Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Climate ID: 2100160. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 

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