Explore a life lived off the land
Come to where the Crow and Porcupine Rivers meet, and stand near the migration path of the great Porcupine Caribou Herd. Old Crow is a small close-knit village on the Traditional Territory of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, whose people have inhabited the area for millennia.
Take the flight into Yukon’s only community without road access. This isolation has played an important role in enabling the Vuntut Gwitchin to preserve their language and cultural way of life.
Here, ancient traditions blend with modern innovations like solar panels harnessing 24 hours of daylight in summer. Many people find they experience an extra dose of energy under the midnight sun, which is handy because who wants to spend a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity sleeping?
Visit the John Tizya Centre to learn about the Vuntut Gwichin culture through interpretive walking tours and exhibits on their traditions, landscape and oral history. If your timing is right, you may be invited to a gathering held here, and by all means, join in! Community celebrations can include traditional music, dancing and feasts of wild game and fish.
Fewer than 300 people live in Old Crow. Visitors receive a warm welcome, but services and accommodations are limited, so planning is important. Be one of the few who go, and experience a place unlike anywhere else on Earth.
- Old Crow is 60 kilometres south of the extraordinary Vuntut National Park, one of Canada’s most remote national parks.
- The area surrounding Old Crow is rich in ice age fossils, and has yielded evidence of Arctic camels, mammoths, Steppe bison and many other species.
- Vuntut Gwitchin means "People of the Lakes". The Vuntut Gwitchin belong to the larger Gwich'in Nation that expands across northern Alaska, Yukon and the NWT.