Tombstone Territorial Park: Where trees meet tundra

Tombstone Territorial Park is a unique slice of Canada’s North

By Matt Bossons

Matt Bossons / The Runner

The Yukon’s Tombstone Territorial Park boasts some of the most stunning vistas in northwestern Canada. Located along the Dempster Highway, it is the perfect destination for the adventurous, nature-loving traveler.

Short shrubs line the valley floors until they meet towering treeless mountains.

A Yukon Park’s brochure calls the park, “a unique wilderness of rugged peaks, permafrost landforms and abundant wildlife, all reflected in a rich first nations culture.” This couldn’t be more true.

Tombstone park lies completely within the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nations. In the fall it is not uncommon to see First Nations hunting moose or caribou for subsistence purposes.

Creeks and rivers within the park boundary offer fishing for both arctic grayling and dolly varden.

Roadside animal watching is another popular pastime in the park, with grizzly bears, moose and caribou, among others, calling the area home.

Other activities visitors to Tombstone Park undertake include hiking and back-country camping.

There is no shortage of activities in the land where southern forests meet northern tundra.

Show up early if you plan to camp in the parks only campsite as it fills up fast in the summer months.

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