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Overnight Backcountry Trips

April 1 to November 15 any overnight trips into Kluane National Park and Reserve require registration and the purchase of a Backcountry Permit. Bear resistant food canisters are mandatory in most areas. Canisters are provided on loan free of charge with registration and deposit. Approved bear-resistant food containers are those products listed as certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.

From September 8 to September 20 visitors must purchase permits, register and can obtain food canisters at the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre located in the Daku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction. The centre is open 9am to 5 pm daily. To register be at the visitor centre one hour prior to closing.

From September 21 to November 15 visitors must self-register at the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre located in the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction. Call 867-634-7207 in advance to arrange a time with Parks Canada staff to pick up the mandatory bear resistant food canisters. A self registration kiosk is located at the front door of the Visitor Centre. Backcountry permit fees apply. De-registration (either by phone or at the self-registration box) is also required upon completion of the trip

Backcountry permit fees apply.

Sounds of Spring

Trumpter swans
Trumpeter swans (Cygnus buccinator)
© Parks Canada

Parks Canada shares the songs of migratory birds in Kluane National Park. Click on an audio clip to hear the call of each bird.

Sounds of Spring

Bat Hotels

White-nose fungus has decimated the bat population in eastern Canada, and because of this, three bat species were emergency-listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act in November 2014.

Little brown bat
Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)
© Parks Canada

One of the listed species is the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) which regularly uses the attic of the Parks Canada admin building in Haines Junction, Yukon, for spring-summer roosting. Renovations of the admin building may disturb the bats roosting, so in April Parks Canada staff installed four hotels for the winged-visitors on and around the building in hopes the bats will move in this spring and summer.

Bats in Yukon remain healthy, but threat from the white-nose fungus may be imminent given that the fungus has spread as far west as Thunderbay, Ontario. The little brown bat is found across Canada.