Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

August 19, 2010 13:30 ET

Forty Mile Historic Site to Become More Accessible to Visitors

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2010) - Forty Mile, once a major caribou crossing and site of pre-Klondike Gold Rush placer mining, will soon enjoy a resurgence of tourists, Yukoners, and other visitors with an investment from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced a $407,000 investment to complete site development work and improve road access to the Forty Mile Historic Site. The project will be managed by the Cultural Services Branch of Yukon's Department of Tourism and Culture.

"For over two thousand years, Forty Mile was a major caribou hunting ground for ancestors of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and later, the site of gold discovery before the Klondike Gold Rush," said Minister Duncan, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "Our Government is pleased to contribute to revitalizing this important cultural site for all Canadians to appreciate."

"Making Forty Mile accessible to all will create jobs as well as provide opportunities to develop tourism in the area," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health. "It will also help educate visitors about the importance of Forty Mile to the people of Yukon."

"The funding support from Canada will enable Yukon and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in to build on the substantial work already undertaken by both parties to improve a most significant historic site recognized for its potential as a major natural and culture heritage tourism attraction in the North Klondike region,” said Yukon's Minister of Tourism and Culture, Elaine Taylor. "We are very proud and pleased to see this important project supported to the benefit of all Yukoners.”

"The Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in have long advocated for an upgraded road to the Forty Mile site, and we're pleased to see this work moving ahead," said Chief Eddie Taylor. "This project will provide employment for our First Nations citizens and businesses, and allow safe access for visitors to this incredible area."

The first part of the project consists of the stabilization of two historic buildings, the installation of wells, outhouses, and the development of interpretative signage. The second part involves repair and improvement of the access road to the site, a 3.5 kilometre stretch of the Forty Mile Road.

Forty Mile is jointly owned and managed by the Yukon Government and the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in. The work will employ Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and area residents.

The Government of Canada's investment is made through CanNor's Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The fund will provide $32.8 million across the North from 2009 through 2011.

The CAF is part of a suite of economic development programs that fall under the mandate of CanNor in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities in the territories, and for related policy development, research, and advocacy.

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit:

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Michelle Yao
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Bonnie Venton Ross
    Communications Advisor
    Government of Yukon
    Karen Keeley
    Communications Officer
    Tr'ondek Hwech'in
    Wayne Potoroka
    Director of Communications