In the Yukon Territory, approximately 5.7 million hectares (11.8% of the territory as of 2010) are designated as protected. Environment Canada maintains 1 protected area in Yukon, the Nisutlin River Delta National Wildlife Area (NWA), comprising over 5 thousand hectares of the territory's protected lands and waters. Currently, there are no Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (MABs) in Yukon.

Map of Environment Canada's Protected Areas in Yukon

Map of protected areas in the Yukon Territory. (1) Nisutlin River Delta NWA

Long description for the Map

Map showing the number of Environment Canada's protected areas in the Yukon Territory - One NWA.

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List of Protected Areas in Yukon

The tables below contain information about the NWAs and MBSs shown on the map above. In addition to the name, year of establishment, and size of each protected area, the tables indicate how these sites fit into national and international networks of conservation areas. The following entities may be noted:

Ramsar: Wetland of International Importance

Important Bird Area (IBA)

Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN)

Biosphere reserve of the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB)

National Wildlife Areas

Cap-Tourmente NWA picture

Photo: John Dunlop © Environment Canada
Last Mountain Lake NWA

NWA NameYear establishedSize in hectares
Nisutlin River Delta NWA19954,483

Access and Permitting

Although access to NWAs is not restricted, the primary purpose of these areas is to protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats, and therefore most NWAs are not equipped with facilities to accommodate public visitation. Unless otherwise posted, all recreational activities are prohibited within NWAs.

Although access to most MBSs is not restricted either, the primary intent of these sanctuaries is to protect migratory birds, and therefore hunting, as well as disturbing or molesting migratory birds, their eggs, nests or habitat, is prohibited.

A permit may be obtained from the Minister of the Environment authorizing the conduct of certain activities in an NWA or MBS, if the Minister or delegate is of the opinion that the proposed activity:

  • will not interfere with the conservation of wildlife; or
  • is consistent with the purpose for which the protected area was established; and
  • is consistent with the management plan for the protected area.

Contact Information

Additional information on entry, prohibited activities and permits in Environment Canada's protected areas is provided on the Management and Activities web pages of the NWAs and MBSs. For more information on Environment Canada's protected areas in Yukon, please contact the regional Environment Canada office: 

Environment Canada - Pacific & Yukon Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Ecosystem Conservation
Northern Conservation Division
91780 Alaska Highway
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 5X7
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)
Email: enviroinfo@ec.gc.ca

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