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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 2015 season. We will re-open in April 2016.

While the building is closed, the grounds remain open for day-use activities including birding and picnicking.

 

 

2015 Hours of Operation

 

About Swan Haven

 

How to Get There

 

What to Bring

 

Additional Swan Resources

 

 

2015 Hours of Operation

April 1 to May 10

Weekdays: 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Weekends: 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm

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 Swan Haven Interpretation 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

What to Bring

warm clothing
(the wind can be cold off the bay)
boots
(if you want to walk along the 500-metre shoreline trail)
toboggan
(to pull your kids along the snow-covered trail)
sunglasses
(the glare off the ice can be hard on the eyes)
sunscreen
 
food
(some weekends the Girl Guides are selling food)
water
(there is no running water on site)
binoculars
(some are also available in the centre)
camera
 

 

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