The Yukon Wilderness Tourism Licensing Act came into effect in 1999 to regulate the wilderness tourism industry. Anyone who takes clients into the Yukon wilderness and is paid for their services must have a Yukon Wilderness Tourism License. This license allows an operator to guide commercial wilderness trips on Yukon lands and waters outside national parks and is valid from May 1 through April 30 every year.
Requirements of a Yukon Wilderness Tourism License include:
- Compliance with Yukon business registration.
- Compliance with Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board requirements.
- Standard first aid and level "C" cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificates for all guides accompanying clients
- $1,000,000 public liability insurance coverage.
There is a $100 annual fee, and license holders are required to report bi-annually to maintain their licenses.
Applications forms are available at Environment Yukon field offices throughout the territory. In Whitehorse, they are available at the Parks Compound at 9029 Quartz Road or at the WTAY office.
Questions regarding the Wilderness Tourism License can be directed to:
Department of Environment Yukon
Box 2703 (V-4)
Canada Y1A 2C6
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 local 5648
More Information and Helpful Links
Wilderness Tourism Licensing Act
Wilderness Tourism Licensing Regulations
What Wilderness Tourism Operators Need to Know
Wilderness Tourism License Application
Demande de Permis Pour Organiser Certaines Activités Touristique en Milieu Sauvage
Additional forms for accident reporting, day trip reporting, multi-day trip reporting, and rental reporting can be found on the Environment Yukon website.
Visitors planning a trip are encouraged to check the Current List of Licensed Operators. Some operators may not secure their licence until later in the summer, the 2012/2013 Licensed Operators may also be used as a reference.