Burwash Landing gets a gas station

Burwash Landing residents no longer have to drive to Destruction Bay, Haines Junction or Whitehorse to fill up their tanks.

Burwash Landing residents no longer have to drive to Destruction Bay, Haines Junction or Whitehorse to fill up their tanks.

That’s because the community recently unveiled its new fuel pumps during an opening ceremony last Wednesday afternoon.

The fuel station includes six pumps – two for regular gas, two for premium and two for diesel fuel, according to Colin Asselstine, general manager of the Kluane Community Development Corporation.

An adjacent grocery store and small restaurant will soon follow, he said, with the opening anticipated for September.

Asselstine said the fuel pumps and store fill a much-needed service gap in the community, as Burwash Landing residents have to drive to either Haines Junction or Whitehorse for groceries – a six-hour trip.

Six full-time positions will be created once everything is up and running, he said.

“This will offer great local opportunity to citizens who are looking for full-time jobs, where full-time employment can sometimes be hard to come by in a small community such as Burwash Landing,” he added.

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