Government of Yukon

Parks, Mountains and Rivers

Yukon covers 483,450 square kilometres in the northwestern corner of Canada. It is a critical habitat for rare and endangered flowers, big game animals, birds of prey and migratory birds.

10% of Yukon is protected in parks. Another 2.7% has been set aside for conservation.

Camping at Kluane Lake
Photo: Camping at Kluane Lake, Yukon 

Parks in Yukon offer camping opportunities, as well as wilderness preserves and national parks established to protect the ecological integrity and biological diversity of the territory.

Kluane National Park and Reserve is a Canadian National Historic Site and an UNESCO World Heritage Site; home to Mount Logan, the highest point in Canada at 5959 metres; and falls within the Traditional Territories of the Champagne and Aishihik, Kluane and White River First Nations. Ivvavik National Park and Vuntut National Park are also in Yukon.

Ni’iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park has unique features created by limestone caves, year-round open water, salmon runs and grizzly bears at concentrations rarely seen at the Arctic circle.

Coal River Springs Territorial Park is a series of descending limestone terraces, framed by lush green vegetation and embracing overflowing pools of rich, icy blue water (these are cool springs, not hot springs).

Herschel Island (Qikiqtaruk) Territorial Park protects a unique combination of natural and human heritage. In 1987, this Arctic island was the first territorial park established.

Tombstone Territorial Park lies in the south Ogilvie Mountains and was designated a park in 2004. Under the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Final Agreement, Tombstone Park was established to protect the life, landforms and heritage of this sub-arctic, tundra wilderness. 

St. Elias mountain range hosts the largest non-polar ice field in the world. The ice field is believed to be 700 metres deep and sends glacial fingers as long as 30 kilometres down valleys between peaks. 

Yukon River is 3,700 km (2,300 miles) long. It is Canada’s second and North America’s fourth longest river.

Designated Canadian Heritage Rivers in Yukon recognize the natural, cultural and recreational values of the Alsek, Tatshenshini and Bonnet Plume rivers, and the Thirtymile section of the Yukon River.

Many other Yukon rivers also offer unforgettable wilderness recreation experiences.