Getting Around the Yukon: Faro

I lived in Faro for 20 years.

I could tell you about how an impressive golf course evolved from a few green belts with spray-painted targets.

I could regale you with tales of hiking and biking to beautiful Van Gorda Falls, or snowmobiling and skiing to one of the public-use cabins on the Dena Cho trail. I could show you the best place to catch a grayling.

Actually I might keep that one to myself.

When I visited Faro this summer I wanted to find out what keeps bringing tourists down the Robert Campbell Highway. Why were travellers willing to wait for a pilot car to guide them through the fire swept Tintina Trench or lead them on a detour up the Canol Road?

Tourists and residents agree: the sense of community in Faro is like nowhere else.

People visiting the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre are impressed by the importance Faro had to the Yukon economy, and its ability to maintain community size and status since the mine closed in 1997.

The interpretive centre staff is frequently complimented on the immaculate condition of the RV Park and the friendly service.

But tourists really enjoy being included in community events.

During recent Anvil Range Arts Society workshops visitors were introduced to antler carving, beading and card embossing.

A bulletin board in the interpretive centre advertises upcoming workshops in August including carving, crocheting, card making and beading. There are watercolour workshops for seniors every Wednesday and tourists are welcome.

“It’s a great opportunity to experience this kind of painting,” says Jens, visiting from Denmark. “I had not done anything like this since I was in school.”

Other unique opportunities include Faro’s free wild game barbecues where out-of-towners are welcome to play bocce ball side-by-side with locals and the “fireside chats” where Faroites come together to share stories with tourists. There’s one on August 15th.

For a full schedule of events taking place in the Yukon’s best kept secret, check out Faro’s monthly newsletter, the Frozen Mukluk. There’s a Facebook page and a link on the Town of Faro’s website. You can also call the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre at (867)994-2288. Faro is an approximately four-hour drive northeast from Whitehorse.

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