Prior to the gold rush in 1898, hundreds of thousands of caribou ranged across the southern Yukon

Carcross was originally named “Caribou Crossing” because it was one of the places where the animals crossed the lakes system during their annual migration. 

Many of these animals were hunted to help feed all the new people coming to the territory and, as a result, their population dwindled.

In the 1980s, territorial and First Nation governments started the Southern Lakes caribou herd recovery program. First Nations voluntarily stopped harvesting caribou and no licensed hunting was allowed in the area. Over the past 20 years the herd has slowly recovered its numbers. Today it has a population of almost 2,000 animals.

Montana Mountain is one of the herd’s important fall habitat areas. Please respect the animals if you head up into the alpine in September.

Points of Interest

Montana Mining History

Montana Mountain was the site of the great silver rush in the early 1900s. Conrad, a town located on the Windy Arm side of the mountain, was briefly home to almost 5,000 people...

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Caribou Hotel

The original Caribou Hotel was owned by Dawson Charlie, one of the Carcross-Tagish members who discovered gold in the Klondike...

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