Ross River

Ross River, Yukon, Settlement population 352 (2011c), 313 (2006c). Ross River is located at the confluence of the Ross and Pelly rivers, and on the Canol Road (see CANOL PIPELINE) at the halfway point on the Campbell Highway. It

Ross River
Ross River, Yukon, Settlement population 352 (2011c), 313 (2006c). Ross River is located at the confluence of the Ross and Pelly rivers, and on the Canol Road (see CANOL PIPELINE) at the halfway point on the Campbell Highway. It is 360 km by road northeast of Whitehorse. In 1843 Robert Campbell named the river after Donald Ross, a chief factor of the Hudson's Bay Co. Tom Smith established a trading post there in 1902-03 but soon sold it to Poole Field and Clement Lewis, 2 traders from the Nahanni district of the NWT. As a number of natives had followed them and settled in the vicinity, the new owners called the site "Nahanni House." Subsequent owners, including the Whitehorse firm of Taylor and Drury, reverted to the original name of Ross River. This predominantly KASKA settlement has a landing strip and is a service centre for travellers on the Campbell Highway. Ross River is also a jumping off point for hunting, fishing and mineral exploration in the area.