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Kluane Lake Research Station

Supporting Northern Research Since 1961

The Arctic Institute of North America is home to the Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) which is located 220 km northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon, on the south shore of Lhù’ààn Mân (Kluane Lake), on the traditional lands of the Kluane, Champagne and Aishihik, and White River First Nations. The station was established in 1961 and has provided support to researchers from across Canada and around the world since that time.

The extreme elevation difference between Lhù’ààn Mân and the crest of the St. Elias Mountains establishes a strong gradient in environmental attributes and results in a remarkable diversity of research opportunities within a small geographical area. This diversity is reflected in the unique scientific legacy of KLRS across the disciplines of glaciology, geomorphology, geology, biology, botany, zoology, hydrology, limnology, climatology, physiology, anthropology and archaeology and in over 1500 scientific publications, many of which are described in the Kluane Lake Research Station bibliographic database.


April 8, 2024
Community BBQ – 2024

Join us for lunch and an afternoon of fun at the Kluane Lake Research Station on May 11 from 12 to 4pm!

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November 16, 2023
2024 Research Support Opportunity with INTERACT

The EU-H2020 funded INTERACT opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access and Remote Access to research stations, including KLRS.

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September 7, 2023
Welcome Christine Koch

Welcome Christine Koch, our second Kluane National Park Artist in Residence for 2023.

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Kluane National Park Artist Residency

The Kluane National Park Artist Residency is presented in partnership with Parks Canada and Yukon Arts Centre.

We're excited to introduce our artists in residence for 2024!

Misha Donohoe is an Australian–Canadian artist based in Whitehorse, Canada. Misha creates intricate and scientifically observed works in watercolour, ink, and prints. From the minute reality of an insect pollinator to the timeless expanse of mountain formations, Donohoe invites audiences to navigate between overlapping worlds.

Bettina Matzkuhn explores themes of ecology, weather, and geography in her fibre work. Using embroidery, paint and fabric collage she values the versatile language of textiles. Her animated films using textiles garnered awards and led to an interest in narrative that continues to inform her work. Bettina lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Our Surroundings

  • Aurora borealis at KLRS

Why Stay at KLRS?

Here are just some of the reasons why you should stay with us on your next visit to the Lhù’ààn Mân (Kluane Lake) region.


  • Next to the world's largest sub-polar icefield.
  • On the shore of the largest lake in the Yukon.
  • Located on the traditional lands of the Kluane, Champagne and Aishihik, and White River First Nations.
  • Easy access to an international airport in Whitehorse.


  • AINA has been a permanent observing member of the Arctic Council since 2004.
  • Supports the Kluane National Park Artist Residency program, in partnership with Yukon Arts Centre and Parks Canada.


  • Hosts up to 48 people in shared housing.
  • Office space, lab space, meeting rooms and communications equipment for off-site field work.
  • Meals, internet, laundry, and wash facilities provided.
  • Red seal chef on site!
  • Powered by a hybrid-renewable energy system.


  • Supporting world class research for more than 60 years.
  • Huge biodiversity in the region.
  • Member of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO), International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT), and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) network.

Nature and Wildlife in the Region

We're grateful to Ian Harland and Liron Gertsman for making these beautiful photos available to us.
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