Protective Services

Protective Services

Protective Services

March and April are when Yukoners really get out to play in the snow: snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. But backcountry adventures come with risk. Before you head out, be sure you:

  • file a trip plan with someone who isn’t with you. This advocate needs to be able to contact help on your behalf and provide information about your group and location;
  • know how to respond to emergencies, like avalanche;
  • carry a device capable of two-way communication in your location. Commercially available personal locator beacons (SPOT and InReach) may experience decreased or delayed function in Yukon. Don’t rely on this technology alone (SOS – Making The Right Call); and
    • can be self-sufficient for 6 to 12 hours.

That’s how long it may take for Yukon’s response agencies to get to your location. Responders need time to mobilize, assess their own risk and safety, move to the scene and implement an extrication plan that is safe for everyone involved.

Calling for help
Yukon’s emergency response agencies are reached by calling 9-1-1 or 001-867-667-5555 on cellular or satellite telephone.

These numbers may not work in British Columbia or Alaska. Backcountry visitors need a contact person at home who knows if their adventures take them across a border.

  • In British Columbia (including Fraser summit area and Atlin), call 9-1-1 or 001-800-663-3456
  • In Alaska, call 9-1-1 or 001-907-451-5100 or 001-800-811-0911

Who’s coming to help?

Emergency response agencies in Yukon will coordinate the appropriate teams for backcountry emergency.

These include:

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