national-parks

National parks

The Yukon has three national parks that are managed by Parks Canada in cooperation with First Nations under their Final Agreements: Kluane, Ivvavik and Vuntut. The Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park crosses through Yukon, British Columbia and Alaska.

Kluane

This national park and reserve represents the rugged North Coast Mountain range and features icefields, jagged mountains and lush valleys that support grizzly bears, sheep, eagles and other species that are at risk elsewhere. Kluane is home to Canada’s highest peak (5,959-metre Mount Logan), its largest ice field and North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly population. Together with the Wrangell-St. Elias and Glacier Bay national parks in Alaska and Tatshenshini-Alsek provincial park in British Columbia, this incredible region of glaciers and high peaks has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is also culturally important to the Southern Tutchone people. The Final Agreements of the Kluane and Champagne and Aishihik First Nations ushered in a new era of management for this protected area by introducing the cooperative approach that currently manages the park. Learn more about Kluane National Park and Reserve...

Ivvavik

Ivvavik, meaning ‘a place for giving birth, a nursery', in Inuvialuktun, the language of the Inuvialuit, is the first national park in Canada to be created as a result of an aboriginal land claim agreement. The park protects a portion of the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd and represents the Northern Yukon and Mackenzie Delta natural regions. Learn more about Ivvavik National Park...

Vuntut

This park was founded in 1995 through the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation land claim agreement. A remote park, it protects more than 4,000 square kilometres in the Yukon's northwest corner that is an important migration corridor for the Porcupine caribou herd, who make one of the most incredible annual migrations on the planet. This region of unspoiled Arctic wilderness also protects representative portions of Old Crow Flats, breeding, molting and staging grounds for more than half a million migrating birds of various species. Learn more about Vuntut National Park...

Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park

This internationally managed park skips through Alaska, BC and the Yukon. It begins in Dyea, Alaska, and extends along the historic Chilkoot Trail to Bennett Station on Bennett Lake, then jumps to the Thirty Mile stretch of the Yukon River and, from there, to the Klondike Gold Fields and Dawson City. The park protects important heritage artifacts relating to the Klondike Gold Rush, but also provides habitat for bears, wolves, caribou, moose and many other species of animals.

What CPAWS is doing

CPAWS Yukon participates in periodic reviews of these parks and advocates for maintenance of their ecological integrity and wilderness values. We also support traditional First Nation harvesting in the parks as laid out in the final land claim agreements, and we endorse plans that allow nearby communities to benefit socially and economically from the parks.

CPAWS Yukon believes that national parks should be managed to achieve their primary mandate of ecological protection. Conservation of natural areas and habitat protection must be pillars of our national parks so that we are preserving them for future generations and respecting the people and the species who depend on the land. 

Resources

Read the 2016 CPAWS Parks Report: A Call for Renewed Commitment to Nature Conservation

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