Touring in a new accessible van, courtesy of SoulFly Experiences' partner Inclusion Yukon, our two hour journey to Kluane National Park was a brilliant display of changing leaves against a backdrop of the snow-capped mountain ranges.
UNESCO Heritage Site, Kluane National Park is known for having the highest peak in Canada, Mount Logan which stands at 5,959 meters to the summit. As far as accessibility goes, we pulled up to Kathleen Lake, where the terrain is fairly flat, with a rocky shoreline and crystal clear lake. Here we were greeted with a campfire and hot drinks courtesy of Parks Canada members who offered an interpretive look at the park and the wildlife it protects, including its star residents grizzly bears, lynx and caribou.
Our next stop on the tour was a rustic logwood eco-lodge, minutes from major hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails. Mount Logan Lodge, currently undergoing renovations and additions to the main two-storey building, also offers unique outdoor glamping experiences in a yurt or barrel cabin. Plus, guests can unwind after a long day in a barrel sauna and hot tub with magnificent views under the stars, and maybe catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis from mid-August to Mid-April.
The lodge grows their own vegetables and herbs on site, and offers daily breakfast and 3-course dining for their guests. SoulFly Experiences is working together with Mount Logan EcoLodge to offer accessible and inclusive accommodations, developing hiking and mountain biking experiences in the Alsek Valley for the coming year.
As we explored more of the Territory and the challenges that persons with disabilities face, it became clear why enhancing visitor experiences and feeling connected to nature is one of the reasons barrier-free tourism is vital to the Yukon.