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List of communities in Yukon

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

This is a list of communities in Yukon, Canada.

Municipalities

List of municipalities in Yukon
Name Status[1] Official name Incorporation
date[2]
2021 Census of Population[3]
Population
(2021)
Population
(2016)
Change
Land area
(km2)
Population
density
(/km2)
Carmacks Town Village of Carmacks November 1, 1984 588 493 +19.3% 36.87 15.9
Dawson Town City of Dawson[a] January 9, 1902 1,577 1,375 +14.7% 30.91 51.0
Faro Town Town of Faro June 13, 1969 440 348 +26.4% 199.89 2.2
Haines Junction Town Village of Haines Junction October 1, 1984 688 613 +12.2% 34.30 20.1
Mayo Town Village of Mayo June 1, 1984 188 200 −6.0% 0.98 191.8
Teslin Town Village of Teslin August 1, 1984 239 255 −6.3% 3.77 63.4
Watson Lake Town Town of Watson Lake April 1, 1984 1,133 1,083 +4.6% 109.77 10.3
Whitehorse City City of Whitehorse June 1, 1950 28,201 25,085 +12.4% 413.94 68.1
Total municipalities 33,054 29,452 +12.2% 830.43 39.8
Yukon 40,232 35,874 +12.1% 472,345.44 0.1


Unincorporated communities

These areas lie within the Unorganized Yukon, which covers 99.8% of the territory's land mass.

Hamlets

Statistics Canada recognizes two census subdivisions in Yukon that are classified as hamlets.[5]

Localities

The Gazetteer of Yukon recognized 96 localities as of February 2012.[6] Two of these localities, Tagish and Upper Liard, are designated as census subdivisions by Statistics Canada, though are classified as settlements.[5]

Dalton Post

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 Provincial Park.

Jakes Corner

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

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

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

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. It contains an airport, Silver City Airport.

Sulphur

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 28 October 1903 by G. W. Coffin. It was closed in July 1922. The place is mentioned in Jack London's story, "To Build a Fire".

Settlements

The Gazetteer of Yukon recognized 29 settlements as of February 2012.[6] Eleven of these settlements are designated as census subdivisions by Statistics Canada.[5]

Herschel

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

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

Statistics Canada recognizes five census subdivisions in Yukon that are classified as Indian settlements,[5] and four census subdivisions as self-governments.[5]

Indian settlements

Self-governments

Ghost towns

Miner's Prayer

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

Notes

  1. ^ As of the 2001 Municipal Act, the town's official legal name is the "City of Dawson".[4]

References

  1. ^ "Yukon Communities". Yukon Government: Department of Community Services. November 7, 2013. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  2. ^ "Association of Yukon Communities Incorporation Dates". Association of Yukon Communities. Archived from the original on June 15, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Yukon". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  4. ^ "Municipal Act" (PDF). Government of Yukon. 2002. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Yukon)". Statistics Canada. January 13, 2014. Archived from the original on June 30, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Gazetteer of Yukon" (PDF) (PDF). Yukon Tourism and Culture. February 2012. pp. 6–74. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 31, 2014. 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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