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The Swan Haven Interpretive Centre is now open!
Join us this April at Swan Haven to welcome spring back to Yukon. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary, with a new look and feel, inside and outside the centre. Bring the whole family!
Hours of Operation
Tuesday, April 1 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Weekdays: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Weekends and holidays: 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 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.
(click map for larger view in pdf format) 503 KB
Additional Swan Resources
(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
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