Kluane National Park
This 8,500-square mile area (22,000 square km.) in the southwestern corner of the Yukon Territory contains Mt. Logan (19,545 ft/5959 m.), Canada’s highest peak, a part (along with Wrangell St. Elias, Glacier Bay, Tatshenshini) one of the world’s largest non-polar ice fields, and some of North America’s finest wildlife population.
Some of the park’s geological features include glacier-created sand dunes and dust storms, and a large delta in Kluane Lake*, created by glacial silt deposits from the Kaskawulsh Glacier.
*Note: Kluane Lake is not in the park but the Kaskawalsh Glacier is.
Forests of white spruce fill the river valleys, and tundra, characterized by lichens, dwarf birch, and low shrub, covers the northern portion of the park at altitudes of 4,000 to 6,000 ft. Colorful Arctic flowers grow in the crevices and along the rocky ledges of the park’s mountains.
In 1980, Kluane National Park, along with the Wrangell-St. Elias National Monument, was added to UNESCO’s roster of World Heritage Sites.