Kluane National Park and Reserve


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Kluane National Park and Reserve

Address:PO Box 5495
Haines Junction, YT Y0B1L0

Phone:867-634-7250
Fax:867-634-7208
Web: www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/yt/kluane
Size: 22,061 sq. km.
Established: 1972.
Location:In the southwestern corner of the Yukon, near Haines Junction. The Alaska and Haines highways skirt the eastern boundary of the park along the frontal Kluane National Park & Reserve ranges. Visitors can reach Haines Junction by driving 160 km west of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway, or by driving 249 km north of Haines, Alaska on the Haines Road. Whitehorse is serviced by daily commercial flights originating in Vancouver. There are also regular flights from Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.
Facilities:Visitor centers at Haines Junction (open mid-May to mid-September; @di) and near Sheep Mountain (open year-round; @di), campgrounds (most open from mid-May to mid-September), day-use area (at Kathleen Lake), hiking trails (é).
Activities:Camping, hiking, guided walks and interpretive programs, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing (license required), boating and canoeing, rafting (on the Alsek River), flying over the Icefield ranges, mountain climbing, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling.
Special Features:Park is a land of high mountains, large icefields, and lush lower valleys that protect the greatest diversity of plant and wildlife in northern Canada. Mount Logan (5,959m; 19,545'), the highest mountain in Canada and the second highest peak in North America, is located within the park. The contiguous protected regions of Kluane National Park & Reserve, Wrangell-St. Elias and Glacier Bay national parks in Alaska (see separate entries), and the Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in British Columbia form the largest international protected area in the world and are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

See other parks in Yukon.
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Some of Yukon's most spectacular scenery is protected in its three National Parks: Kluane National Park and Reserve, Vuntut National Park and Ivvavik National Park.
Thus, changes in the location or pattern of the tree line could have important consequences for biodiversity and its conservation in the Kluane National Park and Reserve and the adjacent Kluane Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as for subsistence and other human use of these biological resources.