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Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada

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Fall 2014

The Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre located in the Da Ku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction has extended its season and will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily until September 21st, 2014! Kathleen Lake Campground and day use area will also be open until September 21st.

Tachäl Dhäl (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Centre will be closed for the season effective September 2, 2014.

A’ay Chu West Road Closure – Road Repairs

The A’ay Chu (Slim's River) West access road will be closed to vehicular traffic while road repairs are underway September 17 to October 1, 2014. The work will involve replacing some culverts, filling potholes and rock scaling. This work will greatly improve accessibility and safety of this important access road.

To access the hiking trails in this area visitors are asked to park at the Tachal Dhal Visitor Centre parking lot and walk the 2.5km of road to reach the parking lot and trailhead area to commence their trips. Construction crew members will be stationed at the start and end of the road and visitors are asked to follow instructions of construction crew members before proceeding through on the road. Be prepared for delays.

Procedures for registering for overnight trips in the park

Just a reminder if you are going on an overnight trip in the park you are required to register, de-register and purchase a back-country permit. Approved bear resistant food canisters are mandatory for overnight trips in the park during this time.

Purchase permits, register for your backcountry trip and obtain bear resistant food canisters at the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre at the Da Ku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction. To register please be at the centre a minimum of one hour before closing.

Visitor Safety

In the event of an emergency you should be prepared for lengthy delays in search and rescue response times due to weather conditions and/or the availability of both aircraft and rescue personnel. Please note that while cell phones work in Haines Junction they are out of range in almost all areas of the park.

You are responsible for your own safety.

Parks Canada 24 Hour Emergency Dispatch

1-877-852-3100 (toll free)
1-780-852-3100 (if calling from a satellite phone)


ATTENTION: It’s Berry Season!

Grizzly in berry patch
© Parks Canada / Lloyd Freese

 

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© Parks Canada

 


soapberries
Soapberry
© Parks Canada


It’s easy to surprise a bear intent on eating berries.

Berry bushes are found throughout the park, often bordering trails, roads and campgrounds. Both black and grizzly bears are focusing on this critical food source right now.


To reduce the risk of a bear encounter:

  • Make lots of noise while hiking or cycling on trails.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings; look for fresh signs of bear activity such as tracks and scat.
  • Be especially careful near soapberry patches.
  • If you see a bear, back away slowly and leave the area.

Remember to report all bear sightings to park staff.

Blueberries
Blueberry
© Parks Canada

Cranberries
Cranberry
© Parks Canada

Crowberries
Crowberry
© Parks Canada



Kluane Xplorers

This interactive discovery book, suitable for youth ages 6-11, offers a host of fun activities for youth to explore while visiting Kluane National Park and Reserve.

Complete three of the activities and you will earn a memento of your visit. Books can be picked up during the visitor season at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in the Da Kų Cultural Center in Haines Junction and at the Tachäl Dhäl (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Centre.

For further information, visit Parks Canada Xplorers.