List of communities in Yukon

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Map showing locations of all municipalities of Yukon
Distribution of Yukon's eight municipalities by type


Name Status[1] Official name Incorporation date[2] Population
Change (%)[3] Land area
Population density
(per km²)[3]
Carmacks Town Village of Carmacks November 1, 1984 503 425 18.4 36.95 13.6
Dawson Town City of Dawson January 9, 1902 1,319 1,327 −0.6 32.45 40.6
Faro Town Town of Faro June 13, 1969 344 341 0.9 203.57 1.7
Haines Junction Town Village of Haines Junction October 1, 1984 593 589 0.7 34.49 17.2
Mayo Town Village of Mayo June 1, 1984 226 248 −8.9 1.06 213.2
Teslin Town Village of Teslin August 1, 1984 122 141 −13.5 1.92 63.5
Watson Lake Town Town of Watson Lake April 1, 1984 802 846 −5.2 6.11 131.3
Whitehorse City City of Whitehorse June 1, 1950 23,276 20,461 13.8 416.54 55.9
Total 27,185 24,378 11.5 733.08 37.1

Unincorporated communities[edit]


Statistics Canada recognizes two census subdivisions in Yukon that are classified as hamlets.[3]


The Gazetteer of Yukon recognized 96 localities as of February 2012.[4] Two of these localities, Tagish and Upper Liard, are designated as census subdivisions by Statistics Canada, though are classified as settlements.[3]

Dalton Post[edit]

Dalton Post or Shäwshe is a former trading post and First Nations community on the Tatshenshini River. It was on the Dalton Trail near the Haines Highway. Today, it is a prime Pacific salmon fishing spot and serves as a base for whitewater rafting expeditions on the Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers in the Tatshenshini-Alsek Park.

Jakes Corner[edit]

Jakes Corner is a spot on the road, at historical mile 866 of the Alaska Highway, at the junction with connections to the Tagish Road and the Atlin Road. There are a small number of area residents, the junction being best known for a gas station and café. The gas station has numerous examples of old machinery.


Klukshu's more recent history is as a seasonal aboriginal fishing community, benefitting from a large Chinook salmon run. Located near the Haines Highway, it has no permanent population. Interpretive information is provided by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.

Little Salmon[edit]

Little Salmon is located on the Robert Campbell Highway between Faro and Carmacks, and stretches along the lake of the same name and the Yukon River. The only non-residential establishment is the Yukon government highway maintenance camp at Drury Creek. It was formerly an important settlement of the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation.

Silver City[edit]

Silver City, a historic mining town, is today only the residence of a small number of people, one household being a bed and breakfast establishment. It is located at historical mile 1053 of the Alaska Highway.


Sulphur or Sulphur Creek was a mining camp south-east of Dawson on a creek of the same name that flows into the Indian River. A post office was opened there on 1903-10-28 by G. W. Coffin. It was closed in July 1922. The place is mentioned in Jack London's story, To Build a Fire.


The Gazeteer of Yukon recognized 29 settlements as of February 2012.[4] Eleven of these settlements are designated as census subdivisions by Statistics Canada.[3]


Herschel was a settlement on Herschel Island, serving as a whaling station, North-West Mounted Police post and Hudson's Bay Company store. It has been long abandoned, and shoreline erosion is threatening to wipe out the remaining buildings.

Stewart River[edit]

Stewart River is a former settlement at the juncture of the Yukon and Stewart rivers. A few buildings and cabins remain, as well as private museum, which are threatened by erosion. It was founded as a trading post in the 1880s before the Klondike Gold Rush to serve placer miners working along the Stewart River. The Burian family was still living there in the late 1980s.

First Nations communities[edit]

Statistics Canada recognizes five census subdivisions in Yukon that are classified as Indian settlements,[3] and four census subdivisions as self-governments.[3]

Indian settlements[edit]


Ghost towns[edit]

Miner's Prayer[edit]

Miner's Prayer was settled near the Blackstone River Mining Concern, providing a retreat where the miners could indulge in billiards, alcohol and other entertainment otherwise forbidden on the mining settlement. Today it is home to fewer than thirty permanent residents. It can be accessed by gravel road veering West from mile 57 on the Dempster Highway.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yukon Communities". Yukon Government: Department of Community Services. November 7, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Association of Yukon Communities Incorporation Dates". Association of Yukon Communities. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Yukon)". Statistics Canada. January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Gazetteer of Yukon" (PDF) (PDF). Yukon Tourism and Culture. February 2012. pp. 6–74. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  • Robert G. Woodall, The Postal History of Yukon Territory Canada, Lawrence, MA, Quarterman, Revised edition, ©1976, ISBN 0-88000-086-4

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