Population: 450

Teslin is located at Historic Milepost 804 on the Alaska Highway, 163 miles northwest of Watson Lake and 111 miles south of Whitehorse. 

Visitor Information: Village of Teslin.

Situated at the confluence of the Nisutlin River and Teslin Lake by Nisutlin Bay, Teslin began as a Tlingit summer fish camp. The Hudson Bay Co. established a trading post here during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. The HBC post closed and Nisutlin Trading Post opened in 1903. Today the community consists of the historic trading post, an Anglican Church (established 1906), a Catholic church (established in 1938), a health centre, library and post office. Teslin is a prosperous community with one of the largest Native populations in Yukon. Much of the community’s livelihood revolves around traditional hunting, trapping, fishing and heritage crafts.

Visitor services in Teslin include dining, lodging, gas/diesel and camping at the year-round Yukon Motel & Lakeshore RV Park (RV Park is open summers-only) and the Nisutlin Trading Post (open year-round) with grocery, fast foods, ATM, gas/diesel/propane and small motel. Camping north of town at the Timber Point Campground, phone 867-390-2624 or email and Teslin Lake Yukon Government Campground.


  • George Johnston Museum preserves the photography of Tlingit Indian, George Johnston (1884–1972), who captured the life of the inland Tlingit people of Teslin and Atlin between 1910 and 1940. Johnston also brought the first car, a 1928 Chevrolet, to Teslin, and it is on display at the museum.
  • Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre has displays featuring 200 years of Inland Tlingit history and culture.
  • Yukon Wildlife Gallery displayed at the Yukon Motel has an impressive display of Yukon wildlife.
  • The Teslin area has boat rentals, houseboat tours, charter fishing outfitters and an air charter service.
  • Teslin Lake is famous for its lake trout fishing.