Archaeology

Tatshenshini-Alsek Park

Tatshenshini-Alsek Park is in the northwest corner of the province, nestled between Kluane National Park in the Yukon and Glacier Bay and Wrangell-St. Elias national parks in Alaska.

The British Columbia government created the park in October 1993. A year later, the United Nations designated the park a world heritage site. The area is on Champagne and Aishihik First Nations traditional territory. On April 28, 1996, the Tatshenshini-Alsek co-management agreement was signed by the province of British Columbia and Champage and Aishihik First Nations.

The interpretation and depiction of aboriginal history and traditional land use in the park is indicated as being the sole responsibility of the First Nations.

The park contains nearly a million hectares of glacier-covered peaks, wild rivers, grizzly bears and unusual plant communities. It is home to more than 53 species of mammals, including the rare Dall's sheep, 125 species of birds, and is also considered to have one of the most magnificent river systems on earth.

Along with parks in Alaska and the Yukon, the Tatshenshini-Alsek forms the largest protected area in the world, with about 8.5 million hectares.