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Bordered by Teslin Lake, Nisutlin Bay and vast landscapes and wilderness, the Village of Teslin is located on the Alaska Highway between Watson Lake and Whitehorse.  Derived from the Tlingit word ‘tas t’en’, or ‘long sewing sinew’, the name Teslin refers to the impressive 148-kilometre Teslin Lake.  

First established as a small trading post in 1903 to serve the Tlingit people living in the area, Teslin is now home to 458 people (2012), of which two-thirds are from the  Teslin Tlingit Council, a self-governing First Nation. Teslin includes the Village of Teslin and the Teslin Post Indian Reserve #13 – the original trading post area of the Tlingit people.

Construction of the historic Alaska Highway in 1942 established Teslin as a permanent settlement; the Nisutlin Bay Bridge, built in 1956 as part of the Alaska Highway, is the longest bridge on the highway and is a signature image for community.

The sound of the bridge is soothing to the soul; the sweet hum reminds me I am home.

Today, Teslin is a century-old town site, rich in cultural heritage, and is the gateway to the Southern Lakes region.  Business opportunities are abundant, outdoor adventures continuously beckon, and the community enjoys a host of amenities that all contribute to a high quality of life.


There are approximately 159 private dwellings (2011) in Teslin, over half of which are single detached homes.  

  • Teslin Tlingit Council
    Maintains council housing and oversees housing infrastructure
  • Village of Teslin
    Provides a list of local businesses and services located in Teslin
  • Yukon Housing Corporation
    Yukon Housing Corporation offers 21 staff units and 9 social housing units in Teslin. The Corporation also offers programs and services that enable home renovations, construction of additional rental suites, mortgages and financing.
  • Yukon Socio-Economic Web Portal 
    Provides census information on housing, and more for Teslin, as well as other communities of Yukon

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The main employers in Teslin are with government: Federal, Territorial, First Nation and municipal. The private sector provides employment in the construction, mining, service industry, and tourism fields. 

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  • Yukon Employment Central
    Provides job boards, employment counseling, workshops and more
  • YuWIN
    Online employment resource for employers and job seekers, including current job listings, the Yukon labour market, career planning, education, and training
  • Yukon Workfutures
    Guide to work opportunities in the territory that provides information on the labour market, working conditions, education, and employment prospects
  • Invest Yukon: Yukon Employment Connection
    List of employment-related websites to help your search for employment