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WHITEHORSE – Last spring, the Minister of Environment told Yukoners they should get excited about the work underway to select a new campground location. The 2020 Yukon Parks Strategy, unveiled after consultation with a cross-section of Yukoners including First Nations, called for a recreation park within two hours of Whitehorse that would contain up to 150 campsites among other amenities.
While money for work on a new Yukon campground was included in last year’s 5-year capital plan, campers will be disappointed to know that it has disappeared from the Liberal budget documents.
The Minister confirmed in the Legislature on March 9 that he would not deliver a new campground as he had promised. Instead, he said the government was looking to expand existing campgrounds that are already overcapacity.
“Since the release of the Parks Strategy in 2020, Yukoners have been getting excited at the idea of a new campground in the Yukon,” said Environment Critic Wade Istchenko. “Now, it seems that the Minister couldn’t get it done and the Liberal government is looking at the expansion of existing campgrounds. This raises many other concerns around over-crowding, useful or available space, and potential impacts to residents who may be nearby.”