Burwash Landing is home to the Kluane First Nation. The people are Southern Tutchone and have been in the area and surrounding lands for over 100 years. The Burwash region has a history as a trading post and natives to this day have traplines and fishing areas that are bountiful, supplying food and a way of life.
Burwash Landing is a unique community nestled between Kluane National Park in the St. Elias Mountains and the shores of beautiful Kluane Lake. The atmosphere is heavenly for any traveller. The community is located at Historic Mile 1093 on the north end of Kluane Lake, the largest lake in the Yukon, and has a population of 60 people in the winter and 100 in the summer.
Burwash Landing was settled in 1904 by the Jacquot brothers, Louis and Eugene, as a supply for local miners. The log mission, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, was built in 1944. Entering the community, you will find a sign that reads
After months of rough camp life, American soldiers were surprised and delighted when they reached this prosperous little settlement which seemed like an oasis in the wilderness. Burwash also became the home of Father Eusebe Morriset, an Oblate missionary, who served as an auxiliary chaplain with the American army.
Burwash Landing is also the home of the world's largest gold pan. It measures 21 feet in diameter and is 27 feet high. Inside the gold pan is a scenic painting of Kluane Lake. It can be seen from the Alaska Highway and is located next to the museum.
The Burwash Museum of Natural History can boast of the best selection of wild animals exhibited in the Yukon. It also has exhibits of Southern Tutchone native dress and artifacts. The museum has a craft shop that sells locally made souvenirs. Open to the public from late May to mid-September, it is a must to any visitor.
Dalan Campground and Kluane First Nation welcome you to stay and enjoy yourself.