Thirty Mile (Yukon River)

Why Was the River Designated?

The Thirty Mile – a section of the Yukon River – was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1991 for its outstanding natural, historical and recreational features. It was a rich hunting and fishing area for the Ta’an Kwach’an people.

In the era following the 1897 Klondike gold rush, the captains of paddlewheelers who sailed the river referred to the swift, winding section as the “Thirty Mile,” and many ships were wrecked on its shoals and rocks. Today, paddlers navigating this 48 km section of the river can explore the abandoned gold rush-era settlements of Lower Laberge and Hootalinqua, where deteriorating wooden buildings and ships recall an era during which 250 paddlewheelers transported settlers, goldseekers, and supplies up and down the river until the late 1950s.