Established in 1972, Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada covers an area of 21,980 sq km (8486.5 sq. mi). Within its boundries is Mount Logan at 5,959 m (19.545 ft), Canada’s highest peak.
The park protects and presents a nationally significant example of Canada’s North Coast Mountains natural region and the associated regional cultural heritage.
Over half the land area is permanently covered with snow and ice while the remainder is covered with forests and tundra. There are stable populations of eagles, grizzlies, and other species often at risk elsewhere.
It is part of the traditional territory of the Southern Tutchone people represented in this region by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and the Kluane First Nation. Today, these and Parks Canada are jointly responsible for the management of the park’s natural and cultural resources.
Over thousands of years dãn (the people) have developed effective methods for living in this land of extremes. They once lived a nomadic lifestyle, travelling great distances, in order to take advantage of seasonal abundances of wildlife and plants throughout their traditional territory. This lifestyle required developing a superior skill set of hunting and travelling techniques.
See map of the park.
See also: National Parks of Canada.
(This page was updated in November 2012.)