Bedrock Motel Location
The Bedrock Motel is located in the scenic Silver Trail region of central Yukon at the Village of Mayo, a 400 km drive north of Whitehorse and 230km south of Dawson City.
Starting at Stewart Crossing on the North Klondike Highway, the Silver Trail connects the communities of Mayo, Elsa and Keno City. The “Silver Trail” is a nod to the area’s silver mining history (and to some of the largest Silver deposits in Canada) and winds from the Stewart River Bridge through the Traditional Territory of the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun First Nation. Originally built in 1950-51, it replaced the sternwheelers as the transportation service to the area.
The Devil’s Elbow wetlands, just south of the highway between Stewart Crossing and Mayo, is prime moose calving grounds and is a permanently protected habitat.
Central Yukon has some of the widest seasonal temperature variations in Canada and is know as the both the hottest and coldest place in the Yukon.
The lake at Five Mile Lake Campground (kilometre 57) is one of the warmest in Yukon and a great place to take a dip.
Combining spectacular pristine wilderness, colorful mining history and vibrant First Nations heritage, the Silver Trail is the Yukon’s best kept secret and well worth the detour on the way to Dawson City.
Sitting near the confluence of the Mayo and Stewart Rivers in the middle of beautiful wilderness, Mayo is a hub for fishing, paddling, mountain biking rafting excursions and other exciting outdoor adventures. Highway travellers find plenty of interesting ways to spend their time including:
Strolling the riverfront along the Prince of Wales Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail that reaches across the country (Prince Charles opened Mayo’s Prince of Wales Trail in 2001).
Viewing the majestic Stewart River at the site where the riverboats were once loaded with Silver Trail ore.
Hiking the area’s many nature trails to spot wildflowers, northern berries, the occasional aging building—left behind by the mining era—and loads of gorgeous views.
Mayo is named after Alfred Henry Mayo, a riverboat captain and prospector from the area at the turn of the century.
Mayo is situated within the Traditional Territory of the Na-cho Nyäk Dun First Nation. The name Na-cho Nyäk Dun is from the Northern Tutchone language and translates into “ Big River People”.
30 miles from Mayo at the end of the Silver Trail sits the quirky and colorful mining community of Keno City, named the “Weirdest City in the Yukon” by Reader’s Digest.
Perched among hills rich in silver, zinc and lead, Keno City began as a Swedish prospector’s staked claim in 1919, its name inspired by a popular gambling game called “keno” and intended to lure fortune-seekers with the promise of an ore-laden metropolis in Canada’s frigid northern reaches. Discoveries of silver and lead ore on Keno hill in 1919 caused Keno to grow into a bustling mining town that experienced the booms and busts of the mining industry for decades.
Now a living ghost town, Keno is now the smallest community in the Yukon and is home to one of the Yukon’s most comprehensive mining museums, an interpretive centre, a collection of historic buildings, and an eclectic group of artists, miners, and old-timers that make up the 20 full-time local residents. The stunning landscape, vestiges of a rich mining history, and beautiful historic buildings will provide visitors with a truly unique Yukon experience.
Don’ t miss the drive up Signpost Road to Keno Hill and its famous signpost…one of the best Instagram-able moments in the Yukon! The rustic gravel road passes old mining structures, hiking trails and amazing panoramic views of the Peel River watershed and endless majestic mountains.