Established in 1968 as a hard rock mining town, Faro supported one of the largest lead-zinc mines in the world. Today, while no longer a booming mining town, Faro has reinvented itself as a mecca for residents, artists and visitors who seek wilderness and rural experiences.
Wildlife is a major draw for the Faro area including Faro's "main attraction", a small population of Fannin sheep that resides near the community.The Town of Faro hosts an annual Crane & Sheep Viewing Festival in early May of each year, as it experiences one of North America;s most spectacular migrations Thousands of Sandhill Cranes swoop and soar above town on their way to nesting grounds in Alaska and Siberia. While there, you can view the unique Fannin sheep. For more info call 1-867-994-2728 or visit www.faroyukon.ca
Stroll the trails of the Faro Arboretum, and drive up Blind Creek Road for sheep viewing at Mount Mye Sheep Centre. Faro offers a full range of visitor services and amenities, including the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre, an impressive log building that houses local information, interpretive displays, as well as Fireside chats and other talks, walks, and seasonal activities. For more information, call 1-867-994-2288 (May to September), or view The Frozen Mukluk (Faro’s monthly newsletter) online at www.faroyukon.ca, search “Faro,Yukon” on facebook, or follow Faro on twitter: @faroyukon .
For a longer exploration, hike, bike, snowmachine, snowshoe or ski the beautiful Dena Cho Trail, a traditional route used by the Kaska people travelling to Mount Mye. The 67.7 km multi-use trail, which connects the communities of Faro and Ross River, takes the average hiker three to four days, and has 2 small cabins along the trail for rest or overnight stays.
In the heart of Faro is the John Connolly Campground: a full service campground operating between May & September. For more information, please contact the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre at 1-867-994-2288.
Also within the Municipal Boundary is a Yukon Government campground at Johnson Lake.
Faro offers opportunities for both summer and winter recreation. Hiking trails, an arboretum, and many wildlife/scenic-viewing stations are well established. Local leisure activities include slo-pitch softball, squash, swimming in the seasonal pool, cross-country skiing, hockey, figure skating, and a variety of regular and occasional activities and services at the Faro Recreation Centre such as squash courts, weight room, badminton, children’s playgroup, and a Youth Lounge. During the afternoon, everyone can enjoy the offerings of The Kettle Café inside the Recreation Centre, serving cappuchino, espresso, fresh baking, and a variety of teas and summer drinks. The Kettle Café is a joint venture between the Town of Faro & the Del Van Gorder School and is operated by local students.
Faro also has a recreational nine-hole golf course and a driving range right in the middle of Town. Golf carts and accessories are also available for rent at the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre.
Johnson Lake and Fish Eye Lake provide space for outdoor recreation, including swimming, water-skiing, fishing, and boating. Johnson Lake also supports a float-plane base.
The Anvil Range Arts Society operates a seasonal gallery in the heart of Faro in summer, featuring the works of local artists, crafters, and photographers. The Society also offers workshops, facilitated by it’s local members.