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Kluane scenic flight

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The 22,000 square kilometre Kluane National Park and Reserve in the Yukon was established in 1972. It has the country's highest mountain, Mount Logan (5959 metres) in the St Elias Mountains. Mountains and glaciers dominate the park which is home to more than 100 species of bird.

It is a place of soaring mountains, unconquered peaks, vast icefields and lush valleys with a wide variety of plants and wildlife. Visitors are treated to seeing Dall's sheep, grizzly bears, moose, lynx, wolves and wolverines, golden and bald eagles, ptarmigans, magpies, arctic terns and peregrine falcons.

It has the world's largest non-polar icefields, and valley glaciers include the Donjek, Lowell and Kaskawulsh. Many great rivers and their tributaries flow from these icefields.

There are three basic life zones in the park — the grasslands in the low areas and valleys, the mountain forest zone of white spruce, aspen and poplar and the sub-alpine where trees are stunted and gnarled.

Flora such as arctic poppies, purple saxifrage, mountain heather and moss provide beauty and colour. The park is a wilderness area with no roads and practically no trails offers camping, hiking and backpacking. Hikers must register at park headquarters in Haines Junction.

Fishing is prohibited within the park boundaries, but Kluane Lake has excellent fishing.

Commercial guides offer fixed-wing or helicopter tours over the icy heart of Kluane and its majestic peaks, and it's an experience you'll never forget. Aircraft are permitted to land in designated areas in support of mountaineers or backcountry expeditions. You can arrange tours through Adventure Destinations before you leave home.

Location

The Yukon — Canada's north-west.

Cost

Adventure Destinations has four-night Yukon Packages for $990 per person twin share. Accommodation, four days' car hire and a 75-minute Sifton Air scenic flight over Kluane National Park with Sifton Air are included.

Starting in November, Air New Zealand will have three services a week to Canada all year round.

From fare
Sydney
$1897
Melbourne
$1979
Brisbane
$1988
Adelaide
$2196
Perth
$2380

Valid for sale until September 23, 2007 and for travel between November 4 and 23, 2007.

For more information

Adventure Destinations
Ph: 1300 136 330
Victoria only: (03) 9510 9122
Website: www.adventuredestinations.com.au

Sifton Air
Box 5419,
Haines Junction, Yukon
Canada Y0B 1L0
Ph: 0011 1 867 634 2916
Fax: 0011 1 867 634 2034
Email: sifton@northwestel.net

Yukon Tourism
Website: www.travelyukon.com

Canadian Tourism Commission, Australia
Ph: (02) 9571 1866
Website: www.canada.travel

Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476
Website: www.airnewzealand.com.au

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