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Kluane Lake Research Station

COVID-19 Response: 2021 UPDATE

The 2021 summer field season will start on April 9th, 2021.

In accordance with the COVID-19 operating protocol that has been approved by the Yukon Government, the Kluane Lake Research Station will operate at 50% capacity until further notice. 

If you can travel to Kluane Lake Research Station, within the requirements set by the Yukon government, we are very happy to work with you to create a reservation. Please contact Kluane Lake Research Station via the email klrs@ucalgary.ca to discuss your specific requirements.

Yukon government COVID-19 Information

We are continuing to work with the Yukon Government to support those who are required to self-isolate. Please contact Kluane Lake Research Station via the email klrs@ucalgary.ca to discuss options for self-isolating.

All scientific monitoring equipment will be maintained and available for remote access. Please contact Kluane Lake Research Station staff for more information or to inquire about instrumentation installation.

We understand that research and teaching programs could be impacted. Additional guidance for University of Calgary researchers is available on the Research website.

If you have any questions about the above information, please contact klrs@ucalgary.ca. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to support the safety for all those working and visiting the Kluane Lake Research Station and the Kluane Region. 

Stay well. Stay Safe.

Kluane Lake Research Station Management


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 Kluane Lake, on the traditional lands of the Kluane, Champagne-Ashihik 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 Kluane Lake 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 Bibliography.


In spring 2017 we launched the biannual KLRS newsletter to keep Station users and others up to date on events, policies, research, education and outreach activities.

Why Stay at KLRS?

Here are just some of the reasons why you should stay with us on your next visit to the 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 White River, Kluane Lake and Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
  • Easy access to an international airport in Whitehorse.


  • Supporting world class research for more than 50 years.
  • Huge biodiversity in the area around the research station.
  • Office space, lab space, meeting rooms and communications equipment for off-site field work.


  • Hosts up to 35 people in shared housing. However, larger groups can usually be accommodated.
  • Meals, internet, laundry and wash facilities provided.
  • Red seal chef on site!


  • Member of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO) & InterACT.
  • Member of the World Meteorological Observing (WMO) network.
  • AINA has been a permanent observing member of the Arctic Council since 2004.

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