LePage park

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Origin of the park’s name

Park LePage was named after the family of Aimé “Happy” Renold LePage in recognition of its role in Yukon’s development.

Photo credit: Governement of Yukon


The LePage family

The LePage family operated wood camps on the Yukon River that supplied fuel for the White Pass company’s steam-driven sternwheelers from the late 1930s until the boats stopped running in the early 1950s. During his life, “Happy” held various jobs, notably as a driver of a stagecoach that delivered the mail on the road to Dawson.

Photo: “Happy” LePage in his stagecoach
Source: YA Martha Silas, coll. 87/39 # 87 (PHO 340)


Donnenworth House

During the 1960s and 1970s, “Happy” LePage lived with his family in the house that has since been converted into the Yukon Historical and Museum Association office.

Photo credit: Governement of Yukon, Historic Sites Unit


Arts in the Park

Since 1996, the LePage park has been an important summer venue for the popular Arts in the Park festival that gives Whitehorse residents and visitors the opportunity to take in lunchtime live music and performances by local and visiting musicians, as well as visual art demonstrations by local artists. Since its inception, the festival has welcomed more than 1,500 bands and visual artists, many of them Yukon Francophones.

Photo credit: Music Yukon