Pelly Crossing is located where the Klondike Highway crosses over the Pelly River. It began as a construction camp in 1950 during the building of the highway.
The people of the Selkirk First Nation, a Northern Tutchone people, left their home of Fort Selkirk for the new village of Pelly Crossing. Fort Selkirk, one of the oldest settlements on the Yukon River, was left nearly abandoned. Archeologists have found evidence of use in the area from 8000 years ago. Fort Selkirk has now been restored and is a common tourist stop.
Pelly Crossing is one of my favorite check points on the Quest. The people are incredible there and just love having the Quest and its mushers in their village. Pelly will be the finish line for the Yukon Quest 300. These mushers have a check point at Pelly before heading out to Stepping Stone and then back to Pelly Crossing for the finish. It is a 64 mile round trip.