Top of the World Highway Interpretive Plan (closed)

This engagement is now closed. It ran from 2018-01-15 to 2018-10-25.

Find the results

Read the finalized Top of World Highway Interpretive Plan.

Department of Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie Dendys and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief Roberta Joseph signed the finalized plan in August 2019.

Results at a glance

The Top of the World Highway Interpretive Plan provides a framework for the stories, messages, interpretive media, design and implementation of interpretive materials along this highway corridor. It has 3 main goals:

  • Share the fundamental relationship of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in with the land, resources, and culture.
  • Communicate the stories about the natural environment and human use of the area from pre-historic period, through early mineral exploration and townsite establishment, up to the present day.
  • Convey information related to safety and regulations, traveller orientation information, and provide traveller infrastructure along the Highway.

An advisory committee was established in November 2017 to guide the development of the Interpretive Plan. Representatives were appointed from the Government of Yukon, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, and the Klondike Visitors Association.

The process for preparing the Interpretive Plan began in January 2018 with research, and public meetings were held in Dawson (March 7) and Whitehorse (March 9). The steering committee and consultants completed a site visit (June 6–10, 2018), and an Options Report was presented in October to document findings and explore various opportunities associated with interpreting the Highway. Public meetings were held in Whitehorse (October 24) and Dawson (October 25) to gather input on the Options Report. The final recommendations were consolidated into the Interpretive Plan.

What was this engagement about?

This engagement helped to develop an interpretive plan for the Canadian section of the Top of the World Highway. The purpose of the plan is to convey key messages regarding cultural, heritage and natural resources of the area. This will enhance the experience for travellers by presenting stories and information about the highway.

How will my input make a difference?

Input will help improve the interpretation of information and related amenities available along the Top of the World Highway. Feedback will help inform the stories told and visual features used, and contribute to determining site planning priorities. 

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