Ron and I went to Klaune National Park and Reserve in the Yukon this August. We planned to camp the entire trip, avoiding hotels and other indoor places for the most part. We ended up shortening the trip a bit, but still had seven days of camping without any showers or beds.
Klaune is within the territories of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and the Kluane First Nation, who have relied on the lands of the now National Park for food and other resources for thousands of years. When the Alaska Canada highway was built in the Second World War major changes included over gaming of the region. The government declared the lands a wildlife reserve, banning hunting for even the First Nations who relied on the region for food. In the 1970s the sanctuary became a jointly managed National Park and Reserve, with the respective First Nations retaining some of their rights to the land and its resources – including for hunting, trapping, and gathering. The park lands are now jointly managed by the Canadian government and the the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and the Kluane First Nation.
Visitors to the park can see the first ranges of mountains from the road, easily accessible trails, and camp grounds. What these mountains conceal are the massive ice fields on the mountain ranges within the park. Home to the largest peaks in Canada and thousands of glaciers, Klaune National Park and Reserve also includes the country’s largest ice fields.