|2000||Name change||From "Tatshenshini-Alsek/Kluane National Park/Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Reserve and Glacier Bay National Park" to "Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek"|
|1994||Extended||To include Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Wilderness Park|
|1992||Extended||Include Glacier Bay|
|1979||Inscribed||Reasons for inscription|Cynthia Webb (USA):
Glacier Bay--pristine, vast, cold, peaceful, and amazing. The size and scale of the glaciers is astounding. I saw it on a cold, overcast May day from a cruise ship and wished I had the opportunity to see it both in (slightly) warmer weather and from the ground. Definitely worth the trip, and I'll be returning in the future.
Date posted: December 2012 ():
There is avery GOOD REASON why these Parks are included together as one unit in the World heritage Site, and that is because although they are in 2 sovereign nations, they are all in the same geographic region, the same mountain range, the same eco-system, which is the Alaska-Yukon St.Elias Mtns. sub-arctic zone. In Canada and the USA, we are priviledged to have massive areas of undeveloped wilderness which have a great variety of landscapes, vegetation, animals, climates and even cultural diversity, and it is still unified, as one region. This UNESCO site exemplifies this to the best, and the cooperation of 2 great nations in preserving it for themselves and the world.
These parks are, in my opinion, quite different from each other so I don’t really understand why they are included together, except for the fact that they are beautiful nature areas in the Northwest.
My visit to Kluane was just very short and I’ve only seen a tiny bit of this huge park, but it’s definitely worth the long long drive up north. It’s impossible to capture the true beauty of this immense rugged landscape with high wild mountains so you have to go see for yourself.
The deep forests of the Westcoast of Alaska are worth a visit too, Wrangell-St. Elias is great, but you better make sure you take good rain gear with you because there’s a reason why there is so much RAINforest…
Date posted: December 2005 Kelly K. Henry (USA):
This must be one of the largest sites in area in the world. Glacier Bay is best seen from a boat. Even the view from a large cruise ship is unforgettable. An echoing rifle shot crack of the glaciers calving warns you of a giant splash and sea otters and whales can be seen from the waters.
Tatshenshini-Alsek doesn't have many roads but is full of wildlife, wide open spaces without even a power line or a road to spoil the view. Wrangell St. Elias has some of the largest mountains in North America as well as a historic abandoned copper mine.
You need at least 2 weeks to see this site properly. Pack warm!
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