Trapping is the Yukon’s older economic driver. The Yukon has a rich history of trapping and fur trading, with a network of trapping cabins scattered throughout hundreds of mainly road-free kilometers. Though technologies may shift (like the addition of the snowmobile), trapping has remained a fundamental part of life in the north. New business models for an age-old trade are creating opportunities to use the resources associated with trapping, both for new residents and for those whom the traditional way of life remains their primary occupation.
Trapping adventure tours are common – for trappers and other guests alike. Guided by licensed professional trappers, traplines are generally accessible only by snowmobile and often feature a series of cabins or remote camps. Many of these trapping cabins are also available for summer rental once the trapping season closes. Much like Cape Race in Newfoundland, an immersive cultural tour for curious visitors can be found in the network of trapping cabins in the Yukon. A unique form of built heritage in the Yukon landscape, the maintenance of these cabins is becoming part of network to support exploration, tourism, and new businesses in remote regions.