Pelly Crossing, Yukon Community Profile

The Klondike Highway cross the Pelly River right at Pelly Crossing. For Yukon, this might as well be a city because of the lack of population in the area. This is a pretty common stop for those traveling along the Yukon River. Many of those who do travel the river often stop in at Fort Selkirk which was originally used for stern-wheeler traffic on the Yukon River. Pelly Crossing is also a major checkpoint in the Yukon Quest sled dog race. If you are looking for one of those places that barely anyone is going to but its starting to get more popular, this is the perfect place for you. Tourism is starting to become its #1 economic development tool which will hopefully help it thrive in the future.

The best time of year to visit this area is in July when the temperatures are very nice.  The highs will be in the 70’s and the lows in the upper 50’s.  Their short summers really make Pelly Crossing fun to visit maybe two months out of the year.  Something I have found interesting is that they only get around a foot of precipitation throughout the entire year.  So you will rarely ever find yourself in a white out on this part of the Klondike Highway.

Population: 291
Elevation: 1,870ft (570m)

Things to Do

  • Wild Things Harvest
  • McArthur Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Selkirk First Nation’s Heritage and Interpretive Centre
  • Fort Selkirk


Post Author: charlie

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