Ottawa announces $700,000 for Klondike World Heritage Site bid

The federal government will pony up more than $700,000 to support the Klondike’s bid to become a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The federal government will pony up more than $700,000 to support the Klondike’s bid to become a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The funding, provided through CanNor, will help the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation develop the required plan and nomination dossier.

Part of the funding is also to “prepare the community to take advantage of tourism and economic opportunities,” CanNor said Monday.

The designation would draw more tourists to the Klondike, increasing demand for the hospitality and service industries, according to the government.

Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CanNor, made the announcement today.

In a release, Yukon’s MP Larry Bagnell said “the tourism benefits to this community will be significant.”

The $711,000 investment will roll out over three years, with the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation contributing an additional $60,000 to the project.

The only current World Heritage Site in the territory is Kluane National Park and Reserve, which includes Mount Logan, the country’s highest peak.

Contact Pierre Chauvin at pierre.chauvin@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Beringia Centre to roll out summer Science Talks series

The first talk, to be streamed on Facebook Live, will be from Yukon palaeontologist Grant Zazula

Ninjas in the Yukon

Yukoners deliver goodies

Yukon government approached Salvation Army about ARC land sale, records show

“YG approached SA first and they have been receptive throughout”

Canada Games Centre to reopen sometime in June

First phase will be limited to track, wellness centre, flexihall and some fitness classes

Contract awarded for mixed-income housing project

The Yukon government has awarded a $16.8-million contract to build the mixed-income… Continue reading

Watson Lake man charged with gun offences after break-and-enter

Alfred Magun, 60, was arrested and charged with eight offences

Top of the World Highway border crossings remain closed

The Little Gold Creek and Poker Creek border crossings will remain closed… Continue reading

Gymnasts return to Polarettes

Club reopens, summer camps also approved

Yukon College becomes Yukon University

Yukon College has officially become Yukon University, or “YukonU.” The post-secondary institution… Continue reading

Mushroom pickers in Snag area asked to register with First Nation

“We want to ensure that our land, water, and people are respected during this season”

Today’s mailbox: Healthcare, COVID-19 and taxes

Letters to the editor published May 22

Yukon Teachers’ Association elects new president

Holy Family Elementary School principal Ted Hupé has been elected president of… Continue reading

Most Read