Silver trails and river tales
Sitting near the confluence of the Mayo and Stewart Rivers in the middle of beautiful wilderness, Mayo is a hub for fly-in fishing, rafting excursions and other exciting outdoor adventures. Highway travellers find plenty of interesting ways to spend their time in town as well.
The Binet House Museum displays exhibits on the area’s history, intriguing artifacts, and a 3-D map of the surrounding landscape. Explore the heritage of the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, who have lived in the area for countless generations and whose Traditional Territory you’ll be standing upon.
Stroll the riverfront along the Prince of Wales Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail that reaches across the country. Pause at the viewing deck built at the site where riverboats once loaded Silver Trail ore. Today the river is a dream destination for paddlers, and the area is loved by anglers who like feisty fish. Off the water, visitors take to the area’s nature trails to spot wildflowers, northern berries, the occasional aging building—left behind by the mining era—and loads of gorgeous views.
Mayo offers the most visitors services along the Silver Trail. Along with the essentials like gas, laundry, campgrounds and accommodations, there’s also restaurants, a post office, a heated outdoor pool, a grocery store and more. When making your Yukon memories, we say always add Mayo.
- The Northern Tutchone word for Stewart River is Na Cho Nyäk, meaning Big River. The Na-Cho Nayäk Dun translates into Big River People.
- Mayo was established in the early 1900s as a river settlement.
- Prince Charles opened Mayo’s Prince of Wales Trail in 2001.