The City of Whitehorse Heritage Program was established to encourage the protection and preservation of heritage resources in Whitehorse and support heritage activities. The Program includes a process for Municipal Historic Site designation and provides funding opportunities for site restoration, events, and other heritage related projects. The program is guided by the City's Heritage Management Plan.
The City has grant opportunities available for eligible heritage projects, as specified in the Heritage Fund Bylaw. Projects must involve:
- Restoration of heritage properties
- Enhancement of heritage properties
- Renovation of heritage properties to meet code requirements
- Increasing public awareness of heritage issues
- Other purposes as specified by Council
Funding for projects that involve physical restoration of heritage properties is administered through the City's Heritage Restoration Incentive Policy. Incentives can be awarded in the amount of up to $20,000 to cover up to 50% of project costs. Applications are considered for properties and buildings that have received Municipal Historic Site designation, and those in the process of receiving designation. To be eligible, properties must be listed on the Heritage Registry and must be owned by individuals, groups, or organizations (properties owned by governments will not be considered). Eligibility is renewed every 10 years.
(Note: there is no application form to apply for heritage events and activities - contact Planning & Sustainability Services to discuss a potential project)
Municipal Historic Sites in Whitehorse
There are 17 designated Municipal Historic Sites in Whitehorse:
3. Captain Martin House 305 Wood Street
4. Pioneer Hotel #2 (Hatch House) Shipyards Park
5. Log Skyscraper #1 208 Lambert Street
6. Log Skyscraper #2 208 Lambert Street
7. White Pass and Yukon Route Depot Waterfront
8. Old Fire Hall 1105 Front Street (formerly First Avenue)
9. Train Crew's House #1 1091 Front Street
10. Train Crew's House #2 1093 Front Street
11. T.C. Richards Building 302 Steele Street
12. Taylor House 412 Main Street
13. Casey Car House Waterfront
14. Hulland House 704 Wood Street
15. Telegraph Office 1124 Front Street
16. Old Log Church 303 Elliott Street
17. Old Log Rectory 303 Elliott Street
View the Map of Municipal Historic Sites.
Designation of Municipal Historic Sites
City Council adopted the Heritage Bylaw to encourage the protection and preservation of heritage resources within the municipal boundary of Whitehorse. The Bylaw outlines evaluation criteria for heritage resources to receive designation as Municipal Historic Sites. Consideration is based on architectural history, cultural history, context, integrity, and age.
Municipal Historic Sites are listed on the City's Heritage Registry. The registry also identifies buildings and resources of significant historic value that have not received official designation.
If you are interested in having a building or property listed on the Heritage Registry, or designated as a Municipal Historic Site, contact Planning & Sustainability Services.
The Yukon Government (YG) Department of Tourism and Culture has a designation process for sites of Territorial historic significance, some of which are located within Whitehorse. For information, visit the YG Historic Sites Unit webpage.
Erica Beasley, Planner, 668-8600, firstname.lastname@example.org.