Beaver Creek
Burwash Landing
Dawson City
Destruction Bay
Haines Junction
Old Crow
Pelly Crossing
Ross River
Watson Lake

Economic Activity and Development

The Town of Watson Lake is a key transportation, communication and distribution center for mining, tourism, outfitting, trapping, and logging activities in southern Yukon, northern British Columbia and a portion of the Northwest Territories.

Watson Lake serves a significant mining presence in the area including two operating hard rock mines.  The world’s largest lead-zinc deposit is under development, and many mining exploration companies are active in the area. 

It also serves as a major service area for tourism and is the site of the Regional Territorial Government administration services.

Improved availability of internet technology also opens up new opportunities for business creation, and the opportunity to market the many attributes and local innovations of Watson Lake worldwide.

  • Kaska Career Centre
    Provides information on the mining sector employment opportunities
  • Watson Lake Economic Revitalization Commission
    Strategic Plan for the Economic Revitalization of Watson Lake

The economy of Watson Lake is diverse and major industry sectors include:

  • Mining
  • Tourism
  • Outfitting
  • Construction
  • Retail Trade
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Education
  • Health Care & Social Assistance
  • Accommodation & Food Services
  • Forestry
  • Public Administration


For business investors, Watson Lake boasts exceptional resources, rich with potential, including:

  • An excellent quality of life
  • A skilled and well-educated workforce
  • A supportive, and responsive government
  • Well-developed infrastructure
  • Northern expertise in mining, telecommunications, construction and tourism 
  • Excellent funding and incentive programs

More Information?

  • Government Tenders 
    Provides information about currently advertised public tenders as well as recently awarded public tenders and the successful contractor
  • Yukon Workfutures
    Guide to work opportunities in the territory that provides information on the labour market, working conditions, education, and employment prospects
  • YuWIN
    Online employment resource for employers and job seekers, providing information on current job listings, the Yukon labour market, career planning, education, and training

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