Kluane National Park

Overview

Introduction

Kluane National Park—which takes up the entire southwestern corner of the Yukon Territory 80 mi/130 km west of Whitehorse—is an immense wilderness containing more than 4,000 glaciers. Canada's highest peak, Mount Logan (at 19,550 ft/5,960 m, the second-tallest mountain on the North American continent) and the largest nonpolar ice field in the world are in the park.

Excellent hiking trails provide captivating views of mountains, lakes, valleys, ice fields, glaciers and tundra. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears and Dall sheep. (If you don't see the sheep from the road, you can stop at the Sheep Mountain Visitor Center—it's at Mile 1,058/Kilometer 1,707 of the Alaska Highway—to observe them through a telescope.)

In spring, you can crosscountry ski on the park's well-marked trails (with the mountains towering behind you) or hook up with an outfitter for some really adventurous wilderness skiing. At Klukshu Creek, there's a First Nations village considered to be the oldest settlement in this part of the territory.

The scenic community of Haines Junction is the gateway to Kluane National Park and home of Parks Canada's informative visitors center. The center is across from the Village Bakery & Deli, where you'll find good food and, occasionally, live music. In June, Haines Junction also hosts the popular Alsek Music Festival and Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival.

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