Much of Yukon's fossil collection exists thanks to the efforts of our mining partners. Miners have been turning up fossils since the Klondike Gold Rush.
In Yukon, fossils are protected and managed under the Historic Resources Act. The Quartz and Placer Mining Land Use Regulations also address the protection of fossils and palaeontological sites.
If you find fossils, you must inform the Yukon Palaeontology or, in the case of mining operations, to the Chief of Mining Land Use (Compliance Monitoring and Inspections).
Best management practices for mining in fossil-rich areas
If you are mining in Yukon you are likely to find a fossil. Read our best management practices for preserving and reporting fossils in Yukon mines.
- Best management practices for fossils at Yukon placer mines [2.76 MB ]
- Yukon placer mining best management practices for heritage resources [2.87 MB ]
Contact the Klondike field station
TheYukon Palaeontology program maintains a field monitoring station in the Klondike gold fields. If you find fossils, please contact the field station staff and they will come to your mine! The field station operates every summer, from the first week of June to the third week of September annually.
Office: 867-667-8880 (winter only)