Swan Haven Interpretive Centre

A visitor looks through a viewing scope at Swan Haven.


Closed for the season

The building is closed and staff are no longer working at this site. However, the shoreline trail, viewing deck and picnic tables are still available for use.

2018 Hours of Operation

About Swan Haven

How to Get There

What to Bring

Additional Swan Resources


2018 Hours of Operation


March 30 to May 6

Monday to Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays*: 12 noon to 7 p.m.

* Holiday hours in effect on March 30 and April 1.

About Swan Haven

At the Swan Haven Interpretive Centre visitors will find indoor and outdoor interpretive panels, daily swan counts, activities and a viewing deck. Walk along our 500-metre shoreline trail for views of the birds, or relax on the viewing deck.

M'Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake hosts a spring spectacle of returning swans and other waterbirds. Featuring the first open water in the region, the bay has many attractions for early migrants. This bay offers shallow water, access to food, good visibility, and little disturbance to waterbirds, making it a critical stopover on the long migration to northern nesting grounds.

April and early May are the best times to visit Swan Haven Interpretive Centre. Trumpeter and Tundra swans, wigeons, Canada Geese, Northern Pintails, shorebirds, eagles, and other predators abound in this small bay, easily seen from the observation decks.

How to Get There

Swan Haven is located on the shores of M'Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake. From Whitehorse, take the Alaska Highway south past the Lewes River Bridge to Marsh Lake. About 40 km south of Whitehorse, you'll reach North M'Clintock Subdivision, and Swan Haven Road. Turn right down Swan Haven Road and follow it for 2 km until you reach the Swan Haven Interpretive Centre.

Google map of Swan Haven.

map - directions to swan haven

(click map for larger view in pdf format) icon image - this is a pdf file 503 KB

Yukon Rideshare is a free, online resource that helps you connect with people in your community so you can carpool, take transit, cycle or walk together. Join now to search for other people looking to visit Swan Haven.

Yukon Rideshare URL

What to Bring

warm clothing
(the wind can be cold off the bay)
(there is snow and ice around the centre)
(the glare off the ice is hard on the eyes)
(there are no stores or restaurants in the area)
drinking water
(there is no running water on site)
(some are also available in the centre)


The centre is heated.

An outhouse (pit toilet) is available on site.

A boardwalk and ramp provide access to the centre.


Additional Swan Resources

Spring Birds at Swan Haven Brochure Cover

Spring Birds at Swan Haven icon image - this is a pdf file 3 MB

(2002) Descriptions of waterfowl species observed at Swan Haven on the Yukon River and common sighting periods. Includes illustrations.

Swan Haven Brochure Cover

Swan Haven icon image - this is a pdf file 640 KB

(2002) A description of the Swan Haven waterfowl viewing site and the history of the interpretive centre. Includes map and illustrations.


Swan Call Sound Clip

Alternative content - radio interview


Swan in Flight Sound Clip

Alternative content - radio interview

The Trumpeter Swan Society Crest


Trumpeter Swan Society Website

Contact Wildlife Viewing

Phone: 867-667-8291
Toll free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):

1-800-661-0408 ext. 8291
Fax: 867-393-6263
Email: wildlife.viewing@gov.yk.ca

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-5N)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6