Dàadzàii Vàn Territorial Park

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Canoeists on the Bell River - YG photo

Planning is underway for Dàadzàii Vàn, a new Territorial Park identified in the North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan (2009). Referred to as Summit Lake - Bell River in the plan, the area is important to both the Vuntut Gwitchin and the Tetlit Gwich'in. Stories reveal a colourful human history, memorable wilderness experiences, and important habitat for wildlife, such as the Porcupine Caribou Herd. Dàadzàii Vàn means "Loon Lake" in Gwich'in.

Park objectives

The 1525 km2 park will protect the area's high wildlife and heritage values. The North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan notes that the protected area is "an area of conservation interest for local community residents, Yukoners and other Canadians,” and that establishing the park will “create a Protected Area network connecting Whitefish wetlands with Summit Lake – Bell River and the NWT Rat River Gwich’in Conservation Zone.”

Park status

In the North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan, the Yukon and Vuntut Gwitchin governments identified a 1525 km2 protected area with conceptual boundaries, and agreed to work together to set final boundaries. The two governments agreed on the final boundaries in December of 2014, and work is now underway to develop a park management plan.

Management planning began in 2015 and includes public and First Nation consultation. The area will also be permanently withdrawn from mineral, oil, and gas activity, and regulated under the Parks and Land Certainty Act.

The Dàadzàii Vàn Working Group website includes information about the planning process, draft park vision and guiding principles, and opportunities to share your input.

The adjacent Whitefish Wetlands were identified as a Habitat Protection Area in the same land use plan, and will be regulated under the Wildlife Act.


There are no facilities within the park.

Additional Resources


Contact Yukon Parks

North Region

Phone: 867-993-7714 (April - October only)

Park Officers: 867-993-7899

Fax: 867-993-6548

Address: Box 600, Dawson City, Yukon

Canada Y0B 1G0

Main Office - Whitehorse

Phone: 867-667-5648
Park Officers: 867-456-3974
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5648
Fax: 867-393-6223
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