ATV Use In Yukon

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The Yukon government manages and protects Yukon’s environment and wildlife. It is committed to maintaining and enhancing the quality of the territory’s natural environment for present and future generations.

The Wildlife Act prohibits the harassment of wildlife. This includes the inappropriate use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and/or Off-road Vehicles ORVs) in chasing or disturbing wildlife. Instances of wildlife harassment can be reported to the Department of Environment through the TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525 or online at www.env.gov.yk.ca/tipp.

New rules for ATV use

The Yukon government is beginning to implement the recommendations of the Select Committee on the Safe Operation and Use of Off-road Vehicles (YG news release).

The Legislative Assembly passed Bill 82, An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicles Act, on Nov. 6, 2014. It clarifies the rules and regulations for the use of ORVs, addressing concerns about ORV-related safety and responsibility so Yukoners can continue to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. The new rules would require people operating a snowmobile or ORV:

Legislation passed in late 2013 addresses the impact of ORVs on environmentally sensitive areas of public land by allowing government to:

The Yukon government is developing regulations that:

The City of Whitehorse has additional rules in place for ATV operators within municipal boundaries. ATV operators must be at least 16 years old and have a Safe ATV Card, driver’s license, insurance, and registration. ATV users must display a licence plate on their ATV in order to operate within the City of Whitehorse. The City of Whitehorse Bylaw Department is responsible for enforcement of these municipal regulations.

Wildlife Key Area information available

ORV users should plan their excursions ahead of time to minimize their impact on wildlife and valuable habitat. When you go can be as important as where you go.

Environment Yukon maintains a database of Wildlife Key Areas (WKA) in Yukon, such as species-specific calving, lambing areas, winter range and other areas which should be avoided to minimize disturbance to wildlife. A simplified version is also available on the government lands viewer. (Click on “Lands” drop down menu at top-right corner, add “more map layers”, then check the “Wildlife” box in left-hand menu.)

Ride Smart ORV Alliance

The Yukon backcountry is shared by many outdoor enthusiasts. While it may not seem like one person makes much of an impact, the effects are cumulative and they add up.

The Klondike Snowmobile Association, Yukon Off-Road Riders Association, Trails Only Yukon Association, Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon, Yukon Conservation Society and Yukon Fish and Game Association, working together as the Ride Smart ORV Alliance, has published a poster and several pamphlets full of handy tips for ORV users.

When ORV users tread lightly on the land, we all benefit.

Additional Resources


Contact Fish and Wildlife

Phone: 867-667-5715
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5715
Fax: 867-393-6405

Email: fish.wildlife@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-5) Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 2C6