Quality of Life
History abounds in Carmacks; it is not difficult to imagine the Northern Tutchone people camped at the edge of the river fishing for salmon and bartering with visiting traders, or gold miners walking the town’s boardwalks, resting up for the remainder of their journey to the Dawson City gold fields.
Looking for a skookum (Skookum - used locally to mean impressive, exceptional, and genuinely cool!) place to live, visit or do business? Know that every season offers something unique in Carmacks.
The population of just over 500 people (2012) in Carmacks recognizes the health and environmental benefits of harvesting fresh, locally grown food and their community greenhouse stands as an example of the community’s ingenuity and entrepreneurship.
Excellent hiking trails, abundant fishing holes, a skateboard and rollerblade park are all available in summer. In winter, you can cross-country ski, snowmobile and ice-fish. In spring, kayak the five-finger rapids and pick abundant blueberries and cranberries in the fall.
There is something for everyone: a local primary and secondary school, a college campus, employment opportunities from adventure sports to healthcare services. The community itself embraces quality of life and supports sound business investments.
"You really cannot believe you are north of the 60th parallel when you enter the Carmacks Community Greenhouse: the potatoes, tomatoes, beans, corn, melons, peppers, peas, lettuce and cucumbers rival anything you will see in the south."