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Kluane National Park & Reserve
Kluane National Park contains the world’s largest non-polar ice fields and nine of the highest mountains in Canada, including the country’s highest mountain – Mount Logan – which, at 19,551 feet above sea level, is also the second-highest mountain in North America.
Kluane National Park covers approximately 21,980 square kilometers and is home to a diverse array of plant and wildlife species, as well as Canada’s highest peak, Mt. Logan.
Wildlife in Kluane National Park
Dall Sheep: Spotting Dall Sheep is a common sight in Kluane National Park. These majestic creatures are often seen scaling the steep cliffs and rocky outcrops, showcasing their incredible agility and balance. Keep an eye out for them grazing on the lush alpine vegetation or perched high above, surveying their surroundings.
Mountain Goats: Mountain Goats are another alpine species found in the park, perfectly adapted to life in the rugged terrain. Their striking white coats make them stand out against the rocky landscape, and they can often be seen leaping from rock to rock with remarkable ease.
Moose: The park is also home to Moose, the largest members of the deer family. These magnificent creatures can be found grazing in wetland areas, such as marshes and ponds. Keep an eye out for their distinctive antlers, especially during the breeding season in the fall.
Caribou: Kluane National Park is part of the Porcupine Caribou herd’s range, and you may have the chance to witness these migratory animals during their seasonal movements. Caribou can often be seen crossing rivers and traversing vast landscapes during their migrations.
Grizzly and Black Bears: Kluane is home to both Grizzly Bears and Black Bears. While sightings of these impressive carnivores are always a treat, it’s important to remember that they are wild animals and should be observed from a safe distance. Bears are most active during the summer and fall when they forage for food in preparation for winter hibernation.
Birdlife: Birdwatchers will delight in the park’s diverse birdlife. The wetlands and lakes are teeming with various waterfowl, including ducks, swans, and geese. Raptors, such as Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, can be seen soaring high above the landscapes, while songbirds and ptarmigans inhabit the forested areas.
Places to Stay
There are several campgrounds with a variety of services available, from a simple camp site to full RV hookups.
Discovery Yukon Lodgings: At Discovery Yukon Lodgings, you can appreciate the natural beauty of the Yukon wilderness with a diverse range of landscapes, including lakes, tundra, forests and mountains.
Talbot Arm Motel: The Talbot Arm Motel offers 32 modern, spacious rooms that each come equipped with two double beds, satellite TV, complimentary coffee and modern private bathrooms. Our site has provided year-round service to travellers along the Alaska Highway since 1967.
Dawson City River Hostel: Enjoy everything Dawson City (home of the Klondike Gold Fields and former stomping ground of Jack London) has to offer at the Dawson City River Hostel.
Congden Creek Government Campground: Offers a serene retreat for outdoor enthusiasts. Tenting and RV Pull throughs available.
Wanderer’s Inn Hostel: Centrally located within walking distance of all town facilities and attractions in Haines Junction, with unbeatable mountain views, Wanderer’s Inn provides budget dorm-style accommodations with access to a common area, kitchen and bathroom facilities. Tent pads with full access to the facilities are also available for travelers looking to camp.