Spring comes to the Yukon with longer days, warmer weather, blue skies and melting snow. After a long winter, signs of spring are welcomed. One of the most anticipated portents of spring is the arrival of swans. Swans, as well as other waterbirds, arrive in the Yukon in April each year.
M’Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake has first open water in the region and hosts a variety of waterbirds. The shallow water and access to food make it an essential stop for swans on their way to nesting grounds in the north.
Swan Haven Interpretation Centre, on the shore of M’Clintock Bay, opens every spring with a viewing platform, interpretive panels, activities and a trail along the shore to watch the birds. Remember to bring boots if you want to take the trail.
Snow Haven Hours
April 1 to May 8
Weekdays: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Weekends: 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm
To get to Swan Haven from Whitehorse, take the Alaska Highway south about 40 km and turn right down Swan Haven Road. Swan Haven Interpretation Centre is 2 km down the road.
A Celebration of Swans is the annual bird festival in the Yukon, taking place throughout April and early May.
For more information visit www.env.gov.yk.ca