Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

April 29, 2010 13:00 ET

Final Phase of Tombstone Territorial Park Begins Thanks to CanNor

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - The final phase of the Tombstone Territorial Park Interpretive Centre will be built thanks to an investment by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) in the tourism industry in Yukon.

Senator Daniel Lang made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

CanNor will invest $545,200 in the project. It will enable design and construction of the final phase of the new Tombstone Territorial Park Interpretive Centre. This will include interpretive signage, landscaping, the construction of a boardwalk and trail, and additional parking space.

"Visitors from around the world come to experience Yukon's wilderness landscape and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, camping and interpretive walks, " said Senator Lang. "Investments in these projects will build on the territory's strengths, supporting and diversifying its growing tourism industry."

"This significant addition will not only support tourism in the North, this project will create employment opportunities in Dawson City, for the members of the Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation, as well as in Whitehorse" said Minister Strahl, who is also the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Federal Interlocutor Métis and Non-Status Indians. 

"The Government of Yukon is pleased to improve public access to and understanding of the natural and cultural values of the Tombstone area," said Environment Minister John Edzerza. "The new trail will enhance the rich experience provided by the Tombstone Interpretation Centre and allow for more wildlife viewing opportunities."

Tombstone Territorial Park was established in 2004. The 2,200-square kilometre park provides visitors with an opportunity to view stunning arctic tundra landscapes and wildlife as well as access to some of the best hiking areas in Yukon.

The Tombstone Territorial Park Interpretive Centre features displays, interpretive walks, and general information on the park and its back country routes and hikes.

Investment in this project is made possible through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The fund will invest $32.8 million to all three territories from 2009 through 2011. 

CAF is one of several of economic development programs within CanNor which is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development activities in the territories, and for related policy development, research and advocacy. 

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.cannor.gc.ca.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit www.northernstrategy.ca/index-eng.asp.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Christine Carnaffan
    Communications Advisor
    613-992-5041