Rich in history and wilderness
At the end of the remote Silver Trail sits Keno City where you'll discover many tempting ways to spend your time.
Dive into the region’s past at the Keno City Mining Museum, which has one of the territory’s most extensive collection of mining artifacts, photos and memorabilia. Finish at the museum and step into the Alpine Interpretive Centre right next door. Learn about the area’s abundant wildflowers, birds and four-legged residents that far outnumber the people.
The Alpine Interpretive Centre is the starting point for many of the area’s trails. Take the drive up Signpost Road to Keno Hill past old mining structures to more hiking trails and an amazing panoramic view. This is a gravel road, so it’s a good idea to check in at the museum to see if current conditions suit your vehicle. On a calm sunny day, you may see flitting arctic butterflies in the meadows or a few of our unusually large marmots, which some refer to as ROUSes—”rodents of unusual size” for those who aren’t obsessed fanatics of The Princess Bride.
Keno City has a campground, a hotel housed in a historic building, and a couple other options for accommodations. While the community sees its share of adventurous summer visitors, it has fewer than two dozen year-round residents. Stop by the restaurant and strike up a conversation with one of the miners, artists, outdoor enthusiasts or true-blue old timers who’ll never leave. Spend a bit of time in Keno and you might see why.
- Keno Hill was once home to one of the richest silver deposits in the world.
- In her working days, the S.S. Keno was used in part to transport silver from Keno City. The sternwheeler is a designated national historic site and sits on the Dawson City waterfront.
- Keno City is emerging as an inspiring hotspot for artists, and has become the site of multi-day music and art workshops.