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Kluane Lake Research Station

COVID-19 Response: UPDATE

Due to the continued impact of Covid-19 we will be deferring the opening KLRS for the foreseeable summer research season. The Yukon government has issued a re-opening strategy that you can find here:

Yukon government COVID-19 Information

If you fall under a category that would allow you to travel to KLRS for research, within the parameters set by the Yukon government, we are very happy to discuss opening the station to you on a case by case basis. Please contact KLRS via the email klrs@ucalgary.ca.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to support the safety for all those working and visiting KLRS and the Kluane Region. 

Stay well. Stay Safe.

KLRS Management


COVID-19 Response: Guidance for Researchers

Given the escalation in COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases, the University of Calgary has made the decision to suspend activities at the Kluane Lake Research Station for all researchers, visitors, and guests. This suspension will remain in effect until June 30th, 2020.

It is our intention that all scientific monitoring equipment will be maintained and available for remote access to the best of our abilities given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Please contact KLRS staff (klrs@ucalgary.ca) for more information or to inquire about instrumentation installation.

We are taking these measures out of an abundance of caution. The health and safety of our researchers, staff and students are our top priority. The reasons for suspension include:

  • risk to any individuals who become ill while in a remote location,
  • reduced capacity due to provincial guidelines for occupancy limits,
  • logistics and cost of an increased cleaning schedule at remote locations, and
  • the risks posed by shared kitchen and washrooms facilities.

We understand that this decision will impact research and teaching programs. Additional guidance for UCalgary 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 during these unprecedented circumstances. 


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.

KLRS Surroundings

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