KLUANE NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVE
Kluane Lake near Sheep Mountain
Kluane National Park and Reserve, established in 1972, is 22,000 square kilometers of unclimbed peaks, vast ice fields, clear lakes, glaciers and spectacular wildlife.
Kluane – high in the mountains of southwest Yukon – is a land of extremes. The park is home to Canada’s highest peak; 5,959-metre Mount Logan and in fact, has 17 of Canada’s 20 highest peaks. It also contains Canada’s largest ice field - glaciers cover 83% of its area, and it has North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly bear population. Trees grow only at the park's lowest elevations. The primary tree species are white spruce, balsam poplar and trembling aspen.
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos), Barry Giles
Kluane is well known for its wildlife, including the arctic ground squirrel, caribou, Yukon moose, grizzly and black bears. One can also find Dall sheep and mountain goats, the Yukon wolf, coyote, mink, lynx, river otter, muskrat, snowshoe hare, marmot, red fox, beaver and wolverine . Some 150 bird species, from golden and bald eagles to rock and willow ptarmigan, and golden-crowned sparrows, inhabit the park.
The park is named after the Yukon's largest lake, Kluane, which borders the park. The name 'Kluane' (pronounced 'Kloo-wah-nee') was derived from two names; The Southern Tutchone name for Kluane Lake is “Łù'àn Män” meaning "big fish lake". The coastal Tlingits, who were trading partners, called the area “ùxh-àni” meaning "whitefish country". Several other lakes can be found in the area as well, including Kathleen, Dezadeash, Kloo, Sulpher and Pine.
The park and park reserve, together with Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Provincial Park, BC, and Glacier Bay/Wrangle-St Elias National Parks in Alaska, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 for the spectacular glacier and icefield landscapes as well as for the importance of grizzly bear, caribou and Dall sheep habitat.
Together they form the largest international UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world covering some 109 000 square kilometers.
We will be exploring this spectacular area (Kluane that is) on days five, six and seven of the 2020 edition of the Yukon Gold! photo tour. We will explore a section of the Haines Pass. We will visit Kluane Lake and Sheep Mountain and there will be numerous stops as we go; Kathleen Lake, Kloo Lake and Sulpher Lake and of course any spot we find with wildlife or spectacular landscape photography potential!
The tour runs May 2nd to 10th, 2020, starting and ending in Whitehorse. Won’t you join us for what is sure to be an amazing seven days photographing in the beautiful Yukon Territory (and a corner of B.C.)? Although it’s the smallest of the three Canadian Territories, it is still way too vast to explore in its entirety in the short time we have. But we’ll give you a taste! Whitehorse, Haines Junction, Kluane National Park and points in between. Prices start at CAD $2,749 plus GST. Contact us for the full itinerary.