“Early Access Routes to and within the the Yukon”

by James Allan. P.Geo., Calgary

All the early access routes in the Yukon and other parts of Northern Canada were opened primarily to support and service the mining industry. These routes, to and within the Yukon, include such famous routes as the Chilkoot and White Pass and the water routes such as the MacKenzie and Yukon Rivers.

During the Second World War the Alaska Highway and the Canol Oil Pipeline were constructed by the US Army and civilian contractors to provide land access to Alaska from the southern US (south 48) as a result of the Japanese threat and oil for the US armed forces in the region.

Although there was some sporadic, mostly local, air service in the 1930’s and 40’s scheduled air service with connections to other parts of Canada did not start until the early 1950’s.

All of the routes have some interesting stories which Jim will share with you primarily through old photographs. There will also be a short video presentation on the White Pass Yukon Railway at the end of the presentation.


Jim is a minerals exploration geologist who received a BASc degree in Geological Engineering from UBC in 1957 and an MSc in geology from Queens in 1963. He is a member of APEGA.

During his career he has worked for Eldorado Mining and Refining, AMAX Exploration Inc., Brascan Resources and Union Oil Company of Canada (UNOCAL) and has been a consultant for the last 23 years.

Jim lives in Calgary and is a long term member of the Calgary MEG.

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The Calgary Mineral Exploration Group Society offers monthly lunchtime seminars relating to geology and mining in the province of Alberta, across Canada and around the world.

MEG Calgary Monthly Luncheons – held the first Thursday every month
PRICES $20 Members
$25 Non-Members
LOCATION Ramada Hotel Downtown
Convention Level
708 – 8th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
TIME Doors Open at 11:30AM
Talks Commence at 12:00PM


Please confirm your intention to attend by email to vtrapnell@MEGCalgary.com so that the appropriate number of sandwiches can be ordered.

If you would like to present a lunch time talk to a keen audience of 50 or 60 professionals, please contact Glen Jones at GlenJ@IntierraRMG.com or telephone: 403-202-8683; Mobile: 403-651-3086 to submit your topic and abstract for review. If you or your company would like to sponsor a meeting please contact Glen Jones for further information.