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Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada

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Fall 2014

The Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centres and Kathleen Lake Campground and day use area are closed for the season and will reopen May 15, 2015.

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 mid-October 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 2.5 km 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.

Self-register at the Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre at the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction. A self registration kiosk is located at the front door of the Visitor Centre. Call 867-634-7207 to arrange a time with Parks Canada staff to pick up the mandatory bear resistant food canisters. It is strongly recommended that this arrangement is made in advance of your arrival to Haines Junction. De-registration (either by phone or at the self-registration box) is also required upon completion of the trip.

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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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.

© Parks Canada

© Parks Canada

© Parks Canada