Discover the other “rush”
Officially Highway 11, the more colourful name of the “Silver Trail” is a nod to the area’s silver mining boom—a lesser-known era than the Klondike gold rush, perhaps due to its lack of dancehall girls. Winding from the Stewart River Bridge through the Traditional Territory of the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun First Nation, the paved road ends at Mayo with an unpaved loop past Elsa and Keno.
Just barely topping 500 year-round residents, this region is largely undeveloped, so there’s plenty of elbow room. Enjoy a tucked-away arts scene, tune into marmots whistling about your arrival, paddle a historic river or log some miles on your mountain bike. Just be sure to give the right of way to any majestic moose or impressive mammals that may cross your path.
- The Devil’s Elbow wetlands, just south of the highway between Stewart Crossing and Mayo, is prime moose calving grounds and is permanently protected habitat.
- Central Yukon has some of the widest seasonal temperature variations. On a summer day, Mayo is often the territory’s hot spot.
- The lake at Five Mile Lake Campground (kilometre 57) is one of the warmest in Yukon and a great place to take a dip.