Cross the bridge to nature, culture and history
For generations, the Inland Tlingit had a summer meeting place at the confluence of Teslin Lake and Nisutlin Bay. When the Alaska Highway came through in 1942, Teslin became a permanent year-round settlement.
Now, highway travellers find a friendly small community with accommodations, a convenience store, a bank and other services. Visit the George Johnston Museum to view the historical exhibits, photographs, traditional Tlingit regalia and more. See George Johnston’s Chevrolet and get the scoop on how it reached Teslin years before there even was a highway.
A few kilometres out, visitors arrive at the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre. At the entrance to this impressive building stand five striking carved poles representing the clans of the Teslin Tlingit. Carry on inside to learn their meaning, view masterfully handcrafted masks and explore more of this rich culture.
The government campground is a few more minutes up the highway. Choose one of the many sites overlooking Teslin Lake, settle in and take in the view. Follow the trail down to the shore, and keep an eye out for wildlife and birds in particular—over 185 different species have been observed at the Teslin Lake Bird Observatory near the campground.
Enjoy the Teslin area as you pause your highway travel and log another Yukon experience.
- The Nisutlin River Delta National Wildlife Area near Teslin includes Yukon’s most extensive freshwater delta and is a critically important stopover area for migratory birds.
- Teslin River Bridge is the last original steel bridge remaining on the southern Yukon stretch of the Alaska Highway.
- “Teslin” is Tlingit for “long narrow water”.