The Village of Mayo
Established 1903 - Incorporated 1984
Mayo, Yukon is located in the central part of the Yukon Territory. Our area, which is in the Na Cho Nyak Dun traditional territory, is marked on tourist maps as "The Silver Trail". The highway serving our region -- also called the Silver Trail -- connects the communities of Stewart Crossing, Mayo, Keno City, and the mining town of Elsa.
The Silver Trail highway leaves the Klondike Highway at Stewart Crossing. This side trip slows the pace of a hectic trip with sensational scenery and the availability of many small-scale hiking, fishing, berry picking and camping opportunities. Your journey through the Yukon's best kept secret starts after turning onto Highway 11 at the Stewart Crossing Bridge. On the paved two-lane highway to Mayo, you will catch glimpses of the Stewart River and several pullouts allow for spectacular views of glaciated terrain.
The Village of Mayo offers all the services a traveller needs, including two motels, eating facilities, post office, liquor store, propane and gas, grocery store, swimming pool, nursing station, RCMP, airport, and float plane services. There is also a lodge located at Halfway Lakes, 26 km north of Mayo.
|The Village of Mayo operates the Binet House Interpretive Centre which houses a collection of historic photos, interpretive information and an extensive geology display, including sections on permafrost, bedrock geology, rock deformation, glacial history, hard rock and placer mining. There is also a 3-D relief map of the area. Be sure to pick up your colour brochure with map of the area at the Binet House.|
Before arriving in Mayo from the south, one encounters McIntyre Park and Gordon Park, both located on the Mayo River. Five miles beyond Mayo, north towards Keno, the paved highway ends at Five Mile Lake Campground, a wonderful recreation area for swimming, boating, and walking. A maintained gravel road continues up the Silver Trail to the Silver Trail Inn (located at Halfway Lakes), Elsa, Keno (passing a number of fishing holes and Mt. Haldane hiking trail turnoff) and loops back down Duncan Creek towards Mayo Lake. While in Keno, visit the Keno City Mining Museum and the Signpost on Keno Hill. On the return loop, visit an operating family-owned placer mine on Duncan Creek and then continue on to Mayo Lake for fishing, boating, and berry picking.
Along the entire Silver Trail there are a number of roads that access secluded lakes and streams, and loop canoe trips on the McQuesten River are possible. Fly out of Mayo with one of several fly-in fishing operators or visit the wilderness with our outfitters or trail guides (advance bookings for above may be necessary).|
Check out the award-winning Gold & Galena: a History of the Mayo District, now available through the Internet. Another book to look for is Heart of the Yukon: A Natural and Cultural History of the Mayo Area by Lynette Bleiler, Christopher Burn, and Mark O'Donoghue.
Listed below are some of the businesses and services of the Mayo area: