Becoming a Yukon Historic Site

What does Historic Site designation mean?

Designation means that the architectural, scientific, historical, social or cultural values of a site are protected and commemorated.

Specifically, it means any work done on the property must comply with the Standard and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. It also means sites are eligible for additional support (up to $20,000) through the Historic Properties Assistance Program and will be listed on the Yukon Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places. Sites outside of municipalities are eligible for the Heritage Property Tax Exemption.


What are the types of designation?

In Yukon, there are four types of designation based on the level and nature of significance:

  • national,
  • territorial,
  • municipal and
  • world.

Whitehorse and Dawson City are the only municipalities in Yukon so far to adopt a heritage bylaws, meaning they are the only ones able to designate municipal sites under the Historic Resources Act.

It is possible for a site to hold a national, territorial and municipal designation at the same time.

For information on municipal heritage bylaws and policies, please see the Yukon Municipal Heritage Resource Guide.


How do I nominate a site for territorial designation?

  1. Contact  Historic Sites to discuss your nomination plans.
  2. Fill out a nomination form and demonstrate the site's importance by describing the site's physical and historical, cultural and/or scientific significance.

We've prepared a set of guidelines to help you with the process.

It might also be helpful to refer to the statements of significance of designated places listed in the Yukon Register of Historic Places.

We strongly recommend that applicants contact us before submitting an application.

Contact information

Job title: 
Administrative Assistant
Historic Sites
Cultural Services
Office location: 
3rd Floor
204 Lambert Street
Whitehorse, YT
Tourism and Culture
800-661-0408 x5368
Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 2703 (L-2)
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6