A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kluane National Park Reserve lies in the southwest corner of the Yukon Territory and has more than 2000 glaciers in its ice field. Mountain goats and Dall sheep demonstrate their agility on the park's craggy mountain slopes. And predators thrive in this wild, remote environment - timber wolves, lynx, grizzly bears, wolverines, coyotes, foxes and cougars can all be found here.
Over 150 species of birds benefit from Kluane's varied habitat. Within the park's spruce forests and river valleys, visitors may spy rock ptarmigan, hawk owls, Arctic terns, bald eagles, peregrine falcons and mountain bluebirds.
GETTING THERE: The Alaska Highway and Haines Highway in the Haines Junction area skirt the park boundary. Haines Junction is 160 km west of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway. Commercial flights serve Whitehorse from Vancouver, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. Travelers can also take the Alaska Maritime Highway ferry to either Haines and Skagway and then drive to Haines Junction.
WHERE TO STAY:
Motels in Haines Junction or park campsites at Kathleen Lake. Backcountry camping permitted with registration.
Image credits: Timber wolves and Canadian Lynx copyright Jupiter Media Images.
Haines Junction, Yukon