A legacy left by an ice age
In the summer, Kluane comes alive with sunshine, songbirds and wildflowers, but it’s also home to giants. Ancient icefields, enormous glaciers and massive mountains dominate this region all year long.
Kluane is an extraordinary experience, with several tempting stops that are too good to miss. Start at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Haines Junction. You may end up spending the first several minutes outside staring at the imposing Saint Elias Mountains. They get that a lot.
Wildlife viewing can include mountain goats and Dall sheep on the mountainside. Grizzly and black bears are often seen munching on plants along the highway.
Take things up several notches beyond the highways that parallel the park’s boundaries. Indulge in a flightseeing tour over the world’s largest non-polar icefields, raft past calving glaciers on the Alsek River, or hike into some of the most spectacular backcountry you’ll ever explore.
- Kluane National Park and Reserve is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the largest internationally protected area in the world.
- At roughly 81km long, with an area of approximately 408km2, Kluane Lake is the largest lake located entirely within the Yukon.
- Kluane is home to 17 of Canada’s 20 tallest mountains, including Mount Logan, the highest peak in Canada and second highest in North America.