Ayamdigut Campus is the main campus of Yukon College, situated on a bluff overlooking downtown Whitehorse, the river valley, and mountains to the east. Whitehorse is the capital city of Yukon, the largest city of northern Canada, and home to 27,000 people. Approximately three-quarters of Yukon College students attend Ayamdigut campus, with the other quarter attending one of the eleven campuses located in communities throughout Yukon.
The College’s history traces back to the founding of the Whitehorse Vocational and Technical Training Centre in 1963. Originally located on the banks of the Yukon River, in 1988 the College moved to a new location at Yukon Place, alongside the Yukon Art Centre and Yukon Archives. The campus was named by Angela Sidney, whose mother tongue was Tagish. Ms. Sidney gave the campus the name Ayamdigut which means “She got up and went.” This was due to the similarity between the campus buildings and a killer whale house her father’s people once built on the banks of a river, but had to move as it was close to high water.
The campus is now home to the Yukon Research Centre (YRC), the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining, and the Northern Institute of Social Justice. On-site facilities include student housing, a research residence, and the YRC Laboratory and Cold Climate Storage facility.
Ayamdigut Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 6am to midnight
Saturday, Sunday and Statutory Holidays: 6am to midnight
December 25 – January 1 (inclusive) CLOSED (limited access for staff)