Tucked away in nature
Faro is situated in a densely populated wildlife corridor, with viewing decks in prime spots throughout the area for travellers to take advantage of. Learn about the flora and fauna from informative signs at the decks, or ask the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre about a guided tour.
The area is an exceptional location to see the unusually coloured Fannin Sheep, with a herd that gathers in the nearby mountains and cliff sides each fall. Faro is also a hot spot for viewing large migrating flocks of Sandhill Cranes each spring. Timing is everything for seeing the sheep or cranes, but the area has numerous other species that stick closer to home all year.
Along with plentiful wildlife, the region is also rich in ores and minerals. Visitors of the interpretive centre dig into the area’s geology and the mining heritage of the town, which in the 1970s supported the largest lead-zinc mine in the world.
Although the mine is now closed, tourists come from around the globe to appreciate the area’s remote wilderness. Hiking trails lead through unspoiled forests to breathtaking views. Visitors and residents fish clear lakes that are tranquil—until someone hooks a big one! The nine-hole golf course that winds through town also produces outbursts, including the occasional colourful one.
The abundance of outdoor recreational options, the exciting wilderness viewing opportunities and this small town’s friendly locals are all reasons to stay and explore.
- Faro lies along the Tintina Trench, a linear valley that stretches from British Columbia across Yukon to Alaska.
- Fannin Sheep, found only in the Yukon and NWT, are celebrated each year at Faro’s Crane & Sheep Festival.
- The Dena Cho Trail is a 67-kilometre multi-use trail that follows the traditional Kaska route connecting Faro and Ross River.