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Guide to Powwow Country: Tombstone Territorial Park - North of Dawson City, Yukon

Author: 
Windspeaker Staff
Volume: 
31
Issue: 
4
Year: 
2013

Tombstone Territorial Park
North of Dawson City, Yukon

Tombstone Territorial Park is memorable for its black granite peaks, idyllic alpine lakes and subarctic tundra landscapes and is an icon among Yukon destinations. The Dempster Highway bisects Tombstone, making wildlife, birds and tundra walks accessible to even roadside explorers. For backpackers, the heart of Tombstone can be discovered only a day’s hike from the highway. But keep in mind that there are few established hiking trails, the terrain is rough, and the weather can change without notice. Tombstone’s unique collection of vegetation and wildlife is linked to the special geology and geography of the region.

The diversity of rocks and minerals creates a variety of soils which supports a wide range of plant communities. The variety of plants, in turn, provides habitat for many animal species. From the Tombstone Viewpoint overlooking the North Klondike River valley, the jagged peaks of the Tombstone mountain range dominate the landscape. Beyond North Fork Pass is Blackstone Uplands, where wildlife sightings are frequent and birding opportunities abound. Don’t forget backcountry camping permits are required for camping at Grizzly, Divide or Talus Lakes. Tombstone is also an important heritage of the Tr’ondÎk HwÎch’in people who have hunted and camped here for centuries. The Tombstone Park Interpretive Centre is located about an hour north of the North Klondike Highway turnoff.
For more information check out http://travelyukon.com/nature/tombstone-territorial-park

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