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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.
April 1 to May 10
Weekdays: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Weekends: 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm
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.
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.
(click map for larger view in pdf format) 503 KB
|(the wind can be cold off the bay)|
|(if you want to walk along the 500-metre shoreline trail)|
|(to pull your kids along the snow-covered trail)|
|(the glare off the ice can be hard on the eyes)|
|(some weekends the Girl Guides are selling food)|
|(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.
(2002) Descriptions of waterfowl species observed at Swan Haven on the Yukon River and common sighting periods. Includes illustrations.
Swan Haven 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
Contact Wildlife Viewing
1-800-661-0408 ext. 8291
Government of Yukon
Box 2703 (V-5N)