Department of Tourism and Culture

About the Department

Heritage Resources

Geographical Place Name Resources

Yukon Geographical Place Name

The Heritage Resources Unit maintains, updates and administers naming and changing the names of Yukon geographical features such as lakes, rivers and mountains, based on recommendations of the Yukon Geographical Place Name Board (YGPNB)

Yukon’s Place Name Review Process

The Yukon Toponymist is assigned with the task of establishing correct locations of proposed place name sites, ensuring that the correct spellings have been recorded on applications and verifying the reasons for place name requests. This helps to ensure that the proposed place name features are accurately located by latitude and longitude and that place names’ meaning, spelling and cultural significance have been properly documented. 

The applications are forwarded to YGPNB for review and consideration in the naming or renaming process. If the applications are considered to have merit, they are recommended to the Minister of Tourism & Culture for approval.

Processing place name applications in a timely manner is a priority of the Board. However, the speed with which place name applications are processed is dependent on a number of factors that include:

  • completeness of the applications when initially submitted to the Government of Yukon - Heritage Resources Unit;
  • whether the place name sites are on First Nation traditional or settlement lands, or on federal or territorial lands;
  • whether the sites identified are located within fedearl or territorial parks;
  • whether the locations of the sites have been accurately determined.  

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Contact Geographical Place Names

Garry Njootli
Yukon Toponymist
Heritage Resources Unit
Cultural Services Branch
Department of Tourism & Culture
Government of Yukon
Phone: 1-867-667-3099
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3099
Fax: 1-867-393-6456

Office Location
100, Hanson Street
Whitehorse, Yukon

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2703 (L-1)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6