Keno City

Overview

Introduction

It's not a ghost town, but it's as close to that as any inhabited place could get. Once the heart of a thriving silver-mining district, this frontier mountain town—named for a gambling game—now has a population of fewer than 20. Some are ex-miners and "oldtimers"; among the newer arrivals are artists drawn to the inspiring landscape 292 mi/470 km north of Whitehorse where they can hone their crafts far from the madding crowds.

Located in the old community hall, the Keno Mining Museum is one of the territory's best, featuring many moving exhibits that depict life and work during Keno's heyday. Beside the museum, the Keno City Alpine Interpretive Centre introduces visitors to the natural history of Keno's alpine environment, which is easily accessible via hiking trails and many old mining roads. The signpost on Keno Hill (6 mi/10 km from "downtown") indicates the distance to major cities around the world—and presents a classic Yukon photo opportunity. The community has a B&B and a campground.

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