Canada Travel Guide
Canada Travel Guide - Yukon
Canada Travel Guide - Yukon

Elsa

Located 700 kilometres north of Whitehorse in the Stewart/Mckenzie mountains region of the Yukon Territories in Canada, the town of Elsa was abandoned in 1989 after the closure of the 30 year old mine. United Keno Hill privately owned the town and its buildings. They extracted silver, lead and zinc and produced some of the world's finer Polybasite and Stephanite, an iridescent crystal that has been used in jewelry. Except for a few caretakers, the town is abandoned and the buildings dismantled. The mine is full of water and faces environmental challenges including Acid Rock Drainage. It requires considerable innovation to return the area to a healthy condition.

Follow Yukon highway 11 to mile 60.3 of the Silver Trail.

 

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