Ross River

Population: 411

Ross River is located on the Pelly River, 233 miles northwest of Watson Lake via a 7 mile side road from the Campbell Highway. The North Canol Road begins across the Pelly River from Ross River. Neither of the Canol Roads is logged by The MILEPOST® at this time and neither are they recommended for tourist traffic.

Visitor Information: In Faro, at the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre.

Ross River was named by Robert Campbell in 1843, for Chief Trader Donald Ross of the Hudson’s Bay Co. The settlement grew with the building of the Canol pipeline service road in WWII. Completion of the Robert Campbell Highway in 1968, linked Ross River to the rest of the territory by road. Today, Ross River is a supply and communication base for prospectors testing and mining mineral bodies in this region. Visitor services in Ross River include gas, diesel, groceries and some merchandise at the Dene General Store; a bank (no ATM) and a post office. Camping at Lapie Canyon Yukon government campground north of town.


  • Canoeing the Pelly River.
  • Wildlife viewing for moose, bear, wolves, lynx, Fannin sheep, caribou and migratory birds.
  • Rockhounding for jaspers and agates.