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Yukon research facilities

The Government of Yukon manages and/or provides funding or in-kind support to 10 research facilities in Yukon.

 View our Yukon Research Facilities Storymap to learn more about each of these facilities.


Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators 

Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators logoThe Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO) is a network of research support facilities providing specialized technical services to academic, government, private and international scientific research sectors. Member facilities provide the know-how and infrastructure that make research possible in our nation’s Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. 

CNNRO member facilities range from oceanographic research vessels and long-established research institutes and observatories, to seasonal field stations and un-staffed remote monitoring installations. Facilities represent every major ecological region in Canada’s North.

The mission of CNNRO is to advance the collective interests of Canada’s northern research infrastructure operators through coordination, outreach and joint action in order to help them achieve excellence in technical and logistical support individually and as a network.

Government of Yukon's research facilities joined CNNRO in 2015.


Yukon research facilities

Beaver Creek Permafrost Test Site

Twelve full scale instrumented highway test embankments involving various adaptation techniques to address the impacts of melting permafrost on highways constructed over ice rich permafrost terrain.

Gunnar Nilsson & Mickey Lammers Research Forest

Named after two Yukon forestry pioneers, the Research Forest has been the primary site of forest research in Yukon since its inception in 1964. The Research Forest is a leader in sustainable forest management for scientific research, education and public recreation. It is a 248 hectare land parcel located about 19 kilometres north of downtown Whitehorse.

Herschel Island-Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park Researcher Accomodations

One of the historic buildings at Pauline Cove is made available for accommodations (depending on availability) for researchers. Generally, researchers must be completely self-supported.

H.S. Bostock Drill Core Library

Run by the Yukon Geological Survey (YGS), the facility supports geoscience research, mineral exploration and provides information to enable stewardship and sustainable development of the Territory’s energy, mineral, and land resources. The facility houses the Yukon rock sample collection and over 120,000 metres of diamond drill core and contains lapidary equipment for processing rock, drill core and surficial materials.

Wolf Creek Research Basin

Nested hydrometeorological catchment with instrumented subbasins of 195, 71, 14.5 and 7.8 km² providing continuous data since 1992. The basin has three meteorological stations at elevations of 750 (boreal forest ecosystem), 1250 (subalpine taiga ecosystem) and 1615 m (alpine tundra ecosystem) operating continuously since 1993, each recording 20 to 30 parameters. A groundwater monitoring well has operated since 2003. There is also other specialized instrumentation running continuously for specific projects.

Yukon Archives

The Yukon Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to the Yukon's documentary heritage. Photocopy, map and photograph reproduction services are available.

Yukon Government Research Farm

A two hectare field based agriculture experimental station that is located within the Gunnar Nilsson and Mickey Lammers Research Forest.

Yukon Research Centre (YRC)

The YRC's mission is to answer northern research questions, support and advance local innovation, and provide research services to visiting researchers. Thematic areas include: climate change, cold climate innovation, environmental science, society and culture, and technology innovation. These areas are supported through YRC research associates and programs.

Yukon Wildlife Preserve

The Wildlife Preserves’ – Wildlife Research & Rehabilitation Centre – is operated and managed by the Yukon Wildlife Preserve Operating Society, a not-for-profit charity. Its main purpose is for animal care (primary), research and education.

Kluane Lake Research Station

Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) is located near the Alaska Highway, 220 km northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon, on the south shore of Kluane Lake. The extreme elevation difference between Kluane Lake and the crest of the St. Elias Mountains establishes a strong gradient in environmental attributes and results in a remarkable diversity of research opportunities within a small geographical area.

More information on each of these research facilities and other Yukon research facilties is available through the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators