Atlin is one of the most beautiful places in British Columbia. If
you are headed to Alaska or the Yukon, Atlin is one of those places
you just have to see.
Compared to Switzerland
Atlin located 180
km (110 miles) south of Whitehorse, will take
you to a land that has been often compared to Switzerland.
not on the Alaska Highway it is well worth the detour made just
south of Tagish at Jakes Corner.
Atlin is situated on the eastern side of a large lake called Atlin
Lake. Atlin Lake has the distinction of being British Columbia's
largest natural lake.
Located in the south end of Atlin Lake is a large island called
Teresa Island. Teresa Island has the distinction of having the highest
elevation of any fresh water island in the world with Birch Mountain
reaching a height of 1,875 metres (6,153 feet).
This island and areas surrounding it form Atlin Provincial Park
and Atlin Recreation Area. Atlin Provincial Park and Atlin Recreation
Area contain Llewellyn Glacier and join onto one of North America's
largest icefields - the Taku Glacier (Juneau Glacier).
You Like Heliskiing
With Atlin being in close proximity to so many large glaciers, heliskiing
has really caught on. Lots of peaks in the 2,800 metre (8,400 ft.)
exist wherever you look. The snow and scenery are just incredible.
Various guides operate here giving you the very best in heliskiing
Pass and Yukon Rail Line
Atlin has been a tourist destination since the early 1900's. During
World War I, travel restrictions were placed on going to Europe.
This created a high demand for tourist locations in North America.
The White Pass and Yukon Rail Line really promoted this area by
building the Atlin Inn.
As an added attraction, the M.V. Tarahne was built for tourists
to explore the lake. With the depression happening in the 1930's,
the demand for tourism went down and so did this service and the
M.V. Tarahne ceased to exist.
The Atlin Historic Society has been renovating the historic M.V.
Tarahne bringing her back to her past glory. Now you can see this
piece of history at the waterfront in Atlin.
America's Largest Fish
Atlin is well known for great fishing. Large lake trout, pike, and
grayling are the main species fished for in the local lakes and
streams. The lake trout caught in Atlin Lake are some of North America's
largest. Various guides and outfitters work out of Atlin in case
you're in need of assistance.
Atlin has a long history filled with gold mining prospectors and
the art of using hydraulic mining. Even today, there are various
placer mines that open and close depending on the price of gold.
There are lots of old mining roads throughout the whole area for
you to explore.
Recently Atlin is full of new economic life with talk of a new molybdenum
mine being constructed north of Surprise Lake up Ruby Creek. A junior
mineral exploration company, Adanac Molybdenum Corp. has spurred
new interests with drilling activity and possible tenders been let
out for construction of new molybdenum mine near Mt. Leonard.
Adanac Molybdenum Corp. whose symbol is AUA on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX - Venture) is closely watched and speculated on by
the local residence trying to strike it rich on the latest mining
venture. In the past you could see people gather around a chalkboard
at the Atlin Inn Pub to view the latest closing stock price for
The Atlin Inn has since changed owners and has been re-named the
Atlin Mountain Inn which features the Discovery Saloon. Along with
rooms in the Inn they also offer small lakefront cabins next door
at the old Kirkwood Cottages now called Atlin Mountain Cottages.
River Tlingit First Nations
Atlin is the traditional home of the Taku River Tlingit. Atlin contains
the biggest settlement with other settlements in the Yukon and Alaska.
The Taku River Tlingit have historically fished the Taku River,
approximately 80 km (50 miles) from Atlin, flowing between the Taku
(Juneau) Glacier and Mt. Ogden in the south.
on the Yukon