Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Heritage Sites

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Tr’ochëk: Climate

Frost building up on river rocks at the mouth of the Klondike River, 2006.

Frost building up on river rocks at the mouth of the Klondike River, 2006.

Glenda Bolt photo
View from Klondike Hill in spring.

View from Klondike Hill in spring.

Midnight Arts photo
The Tr’ochëk site turns to gold in the autumn.

The Tr’ochëk site turns to gold in the autumn.

David Neufeld photo
The lush greens of summer. Approaching Tr’ochëk by road.

The lush greens of summer. Approaching Tr’ochëk by road.

Despite the fact that Tr’ochëk is not far south of the Arctic Circle, it has a protected environment deep in the river valley created by two rivers. The valley features cold, dry winters and warm summers with average temperatures in January of -26.7 C and July average of 15.6 C. The extremes have reached -55.8 C in February of 1979 and 34.7C in May of 1983. Many people think of this as a snowy place but average snow depth is only 54 cm in mid-winter. While the valley receives more moisture in the summer than many Yukon locales, it is still only a moderate 48.4 mm in the wettest month of July.

Find more information about climate normals in Dawson from Environment Canada.