A true off-the-beaten-path adventure
The Robert Campbell Highway leads through one of Yukon’s most lightly developed, sparsely populated regions in the territory. Here, you can drive long stretches without seeing another vehicle and often have roadside pull-offs all to yourself. If you’re looking for hot coffee on demand, be sure to bring your thermos.
Spend some time in the small, friendly town of Faro. Originally built to house mine workers, today this community draws outdoor enthusiasts with its inviting mountains, clear lakes and nine-hole golf course that winds right through town. Depending on your timing, you may spot some of the seasonal herd of Fannin sheep, spawning salmon or a multitude of migratory birds.
Take a side trip up the South Canol Road to Ross River, a historic Aboriginal community sitting at the confluence of the Ross and Pelly Rivers. The Kaska Dena Nation have inhabited the land here, as well as in southern Northwest Territories and northwestern British Columbia, for countless generations. Travellers in this region often see other wildlife including moose and black bears, and even porcupines who have a penchant for gnawing on the wooden campground outhouses—sounds appetizing, doesn’t it?
Whether you’re admiring beautiful scenery behind the wheel, pulled over to read an interesting interpretive sign about the area, or strolling a panoramic lakeshore, give the wildlife you see plenty of space—luckily, there’s lots of that here.
- The Campbell Region is named for the Hudson Bay's first traders in the area.
- Finlayson Lake (kilometre 231 on the Robert Campbell Highway) sits on the Continental Divide.
- The Faro Arboretum is the most northerly arboretum in Canada. Another quick fact: an “arboretum” is a botanical garden.