On the edge of adventure

Sitting at the confluence of the Ross and Pelly Rivers, Ross River is a remote community near the junction of the Campbell Highway and North Canol Road. For the few travellers arriving from South Canol and continuing up to North Canol, it’s the last chance for services. Gas up, grab snacks and ensure your spare tire is in good shape before continuing this isolated stretch of wilderness road. 

This region appeals to more than just highway travellers. Paddlers enjoy the trip of a lifetime on the Pelly River that flows past Ross River. For adventurers prepared for some serious backcountry on foot, the Dena Cho Trail is a 67-kilometre hike that connects Ross River to Faro. It is a traditional route of the area’s Kaska Dena people. 
 
The Kaska Dena of Ross River place high value on the land and traditions. Their community is surrounded by vast landscape with clear, cold creeks and rivers that are well worth dropping a fishing line into. The area is populated with numerous species of wildlife including moose, mountain goats, mountain sheep, wolves, grizzlies and black bears.

Whether you’re travelling the highway, paddling the river or hiking the Dena Cho Trail, Ross River is a great place to take a pause. 

  • Fossil footprints found near Ross River led to the discovery of four types of prehistoric animals that resided in the area 85 million years ago.
  • The Kaska Dena Drummers were formed in the late 1980s when a group of Ross River youth expressed interest in learning traditional songs.
  • In the summer, highway travellers at Ross River take a ferry across the Pelly River to access the North Canol Road.