The City Heritage Program was created shortly after the Government of Yukon proclaimed the Yukon Historic Resources Act in 1996. The City of Whitehorse adopted its Heritage Bylaw in April 1997, being the first municipality in the Yukon to do so.
To date the City of Whitehorse has designated 15 buildings as Municipal Historic Sites. They include:
1. Smith House
3128 Third Avenue
2. Donnenworth House
3126 Third Avenue
3. Captain Martin House
305 Wood Street
4. Pioneer Hotel #2 (Hatch House)
5. Log Skyscraper #1
208 Lambert Street
6. Log Skyscraper #2
208 Lambert Street
7. White Pass and Yukon Route Depot
8. Old Fire Hall
1105 First Avenue
9. Train Crew's House #1
1091 First Avenue
10. Train Crew's House #2
1093 First Avenue
11. T.C. Richards Building
302 Steele Street
12. Taylor House
412 Main Street
13. Casey Car House
14. Hulland House
704 Wood Street
15. Telegraph Office
1124 First Avenue (passed on February 28, 2011)
Map of the Municipal Historic Sites.
Heritage Bylaw: Designation of Municipal Historic Sites
City Council adopted Heritage Bylaw (2002-10) to encourage the protection and preservation of heritage resources within the municipal boundary of Whitehorse.
The Heritage Bylaw outlines selection criteria for buildings, and other heritage resources, to receive designation as a Municipal Historic Site. Consideration is based on architectural history, cultural history, context, integrity, and age.
Municipal Heritage Sites are listed on the 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 resource listed on the Heritage Registry or designated as a Municipal Historic Site, contact Planning Services.
Funding for Heritage Activities
The Heritage Bylaw provides for a Heritage Fund to be established. The fund is maintained through transfers budgeted by City Council and donations provided by individuals, corporations, and other governments.
Heritage Fund Bylaw (2002-28) specifies activities that are eligible for funding, which are:
- 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
Contact Planning Services for information on how to apply for funding.
Heritage Incentive Policy: Rehabilitation of Heritage Resources
The Heritage Incentive Policy (Resolution 2002-22-11) was created for the purpose of providing incentives for the retention and rehabilitation of heritage resources.
Funding is available for conservation projects to cover up to 50% of total project cost, to a maximum of $10,000.
Applications for the incentive will be considered for property that is listed on the Heritage Registry, is designated as a Municipal Historic Site, or is in the process of designation.
To be eligible, property must be owned by individuals, groups, or organizations. Sites owned by Governments will not be considered.
Applications for the incentive are due by April 1st of each year. Click to view the incentive Application Form.
Download the Educational Pamphlet to find out more.
For more information contact Erica Beasley, Planner, by phone at 668-8600, email@example.com or visit Planning Services on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Services Building, located at 4210 4th Avenue.