About Canada’s Yukon and the Teslin Region

The village of Teslin on the shores of Teslin Lake is located on the Alaska Highway and serves as a gateway to the southern lakes of Yukon. During the Gold Rush of 1898, the Teslin campsite boomed briefly as a stopover on the Canadian route to the Klondike gold fields. The Hudson Bay Co. established a trading post for villagers and those travelling the Klondike trail. In 1903 the Hudson Bay Co. post closed and the Nisutlin Trading post was opened by Tom Smith and George Geddes. In 1906, the Anglican Church opened a mission to serve the community and that early log building is still in use as a parish hall.

Today,Teslin is home to a community that includes the Teslin Tlingit people who have shared ancestry with the coastal Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska and the Inland Tlingit people of Taku River First Nation and the Carcross-Tagish First Nation.

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