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Swan Haven Interpretive Centre

A visitor enjoys the new exhibts at Swan Haven


The Swan Haven Interpretive Centre is closed for the season.

It will re-open on April 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm.


While the centre is closed, the grounds remain open year-round for picnicking and bird watching.  May is particularly good for seeing ducks, geese and shorebirds.


About Swan Haven

At the Swan Haven Interpretive Centre visitors will find indoor and outdoor interpretive panels, daily swan counts, activities and an excellent viewing platform. Join an interpretive walk and find out how the migration is unfolding, 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.

Getting to Swan Haven

Swan Haven is located on the shores of M'Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake. From Whitehorse, take the Alaska Hwy 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 Swan Haven Interpretation Centre.

Click for a Google map of the location.

map - directions to swan haven

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


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

Wildlife Viewing

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

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

Phone: 867-667-8291
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8291
Fax: 867-393-6263

Email: wildlife.viewing@gov.yk.ca