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Faro

Population: 420

Faro is located on the Campbell Highway in east-central Yukon, 220 miles from Whitehorse, 263 miles northwest of Watson Lake and 330 miles southeast of Dawson City. 

Visitor Information: Visit the Town of Faro website or stop by the Campbell Regional Interpretive Centre in town.

Faro, named after a card game, is a former mining town. The Anvil lead-silver and zinc mine, one of the largest open-pit mines in the world, operated off and on from 1969 until 1998.

Visitor services include lodging at local bed and breakfasts and a hotel with restaurant and lounge. Other services include a grocery/hardware store, liquor store, churches, post office and recreation centre. Camping at John Connelly municipal campground and RV park.

Attractions:

  • Campbell Regional Interpretive Centre has information on the geology and wildlife of the area.
  • Mount Mye Sheep Viewing Centre offers an all season wildlife viewing cabin and photographer’s blind.
  • Public boat ramp and canoe rentals for exploring the Pelly River or Fisheye Lake.
  • Excellent fly-in fishing.
  • Unique, “urban,” 9-hole golf course that plays through the town’s “green spaces.”
  • Faro Arboretum has viewing decks, interpretive panels and walking trails showcasing native plants and animals.
  • The Dena Cho Trail follows the original First Nations route between Ross River and Faro. 
  • Faro hosts the annual Crane & Sheep Viewing Festival in May, the Yukon Cultural Arts Festival in August and the Cranberry Festival in October.

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