As technology progressed and became more affordable, snowmobiles gained widespread popularity in the Yukon. Motor toboggans were first brought to the Yukon by hunters and missionaries whom habitually travelled great distances during the winter months. This snowmobile was used in the early 1970s for hauling water and wood along back trails.
Motorized snow vehicles are ridden by an operator who straddles the seat and steers by two handle bars on the interior below the windshield. The steering mechanism controls the ski like runners under the front of the machine while a powerful track propels the machine forward. These machines had quite a bit of power and quickly became used for recreational activities. Snowmobiling is a major past time in the Yukon, which is known for ample space but a relatively small population. In general, Yukoners have developed a taste for outdoor adventure and speedy snowmobiling has become a major component of the outdoor life. As a practical tool that can help with outdoor chores, snowmobiles also provide the freedom to ride to the top of mountains or along trails to hunt and fish. The Yukon offers plenty of powder, a limitless number of backcountry trails and beautiful scenery. The snowmobile offers a method of transportation to places not so easily accessible by foot or snowshoe.
Yukon Transportation Museum, Whitehorse