Pelly Crossing

Population: 296

Gas, diesel, groceries, laundry, showers, lodging, camping and post office at Selkirk Centre. The Selkirk Heritage Centre,a replica of the Big Jonathon Houseat Fort Selkirk, is located next to the grocery store. The centre offers self-guided tours of First Nations heritage, including beadwork displays, and crafts are for sale. The large, inspiring murals here were painted by local artists. Open mid-May to mid-September, daily 9 a.m.to 7 p.m.; closed Saturdays.

Pelly Crossing became a settlement when the Klondike Highway was put through in 1950. A ferry transported people and vehicles across the Pelly River, where the road eventually continued to Dawson City. Most inhabitants of Pelly Crossing came from historic Fort Selkirk, now a national historic site.

This Selkirk First Nation community attracted residents from Minto when the highway to Dawson City was built. There is a school, curling rink, baseball field, swimming pool, church, youth centre and laundromat. The local economy is based on hunting, trapping, fishing and guiding. The Selkirk First Nation has erected information boards near the bridge on the history and culture of the Selkirk people.

Attractions:

  • Learn about First Nations history at the Selkirk Heritage Centre, a replica of the Big Jonathon House at Fort Selkirk (May–September).
  • The Selkirk First Nation has erected signs near the bridge on the history and culture of the Selkirk people.