Mount Logan EcoLodge is a cosy and welcoming property at Haines Junction in the Yukon, Canada. It’s a relaxed base that’s well placed for exploring the nearby Kluane National Park and Reserve, a mountainous landscape that sprawls across an area larger than Wales.
The accommodation is close to the Alaska Highway, a road constructed during World War Two to transport troops and military material to the north-west of the North American continent. It’s now a popular route for road trips through one of the continent’s last stretches of wilderness. As such, this ecolodge is well situated for taking a break between driving and getting to know residents of the Yukon.
The Mount Logan EcoLodge opened in 2018 and is operated by Roxanne and David, a genial couple. Roxanne is a gifted cook while David’s talents include being a useful handyman and guide. Together they make welcoming hosts who do a great job of conveying their passion for their adopted homeland.
They are happy to provide recommendations for things to do and see in the surrounding landscape. They also offer guided experiences, including the likes of snowshoeing tours, rafting on the Dezadeash River and dog sledding.
The ecolodge is built from honey coloured wood whose warm tone mirrors the hospitality provided by Roxanne and David. That’s one of the factors that make this a cosy place to return to after a day of hiking on Kluane’s trails or fishing on Pine Lake, one of several waterbodies within easy driving distance.
Set back from the highway among woodland, the grounds of Mount Logan EcoLodge offer views of nearby mountain peaks. Quiet, the lodge offers homestyle comforts and a relaxing environment.
With a Finnish style sauna, made from local spruce wood, and a hot tub, the ecolodge presents opportunities to loosen muscles after engaging in outdoor activities. It’s also possible to prebook massages.
In addition to five bedrooms inside of the main lodge, there’s a range of characterful accommodation dotted around the grounds. The options include a spacious yurt, a converted school bus and a wooden pod.
The Yukon was the location of the Klondike Goldrush and there’s a tip of the hat to the region’s goldmining heritage thanks to a prospector’s style tent and a converted log cabin.
The rustic cabin is the oldest building in Haines Junction. Chopped firewood is stacked outside. The exterior of the cabin is decorated with antlers. It stands by the grave of prospector who, presumably, spent his days seeking gold.
As a place to stay to experience to prospector heritage of the Yukon it’s debatable as to whether anywhere could be better. With a queen-size bed, cooking facilities and a wood stove, it’s a good spot for quietude and contemplation away from the worries of modern life.
Though the cabin has electricity, thanks to solar power, it does not have access to the free Wi-Fi that is available at the main lodge. However, guests staying in the building known as the Old Gold Rush Cabin are welcome to head over to the main building to connect with the Internet as well as make use of the sauna and hot tub facilities.
Mount Logan EcoLodge ticks all the boxes when it comes to seeking accommodation with fine views, outstanding food, good hospitality and a great location.
Find out more about the things to do and see in the Yukon by visiting the www.travelyukon.com website. The Destination Canada website also has information about the Yukon and entry requirements for visiting the country.
Mount Logan EcoLodge, KM 1587.5 Alaska Highway, Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada.
Tel: +1 867 634 2817
Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is the chief point of entry for travellers arriving by air to the Yukon. Mount Logan EcoLodge is approximately 103 miles (165 kilometres) west of Whitehorse. The drive along the Alaska Highway takes around one hour 45 minutes.
Type of Hotel: Upmarket EcoLodge
Number of Rooms: 10 rooms including complimentary Wi-Fi in the main lodge.
Price Band: Medium
Insider Tip: Mount Logan EcoLodge is well-placed for exploring the nearby Kluane National Park and Reserve.
To view the St Elias icefield, the world’s largest non-polar icefield, take a sightseeing flight operated by Icefield Discovery. Flight mean being able to view Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, and other summits in the St Elias Mountains.
Head to Shakat Tun Wilderness Camp to spend time with James Allen, a former chief of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, plus his wife Barbara. The couple provide insights into the First Nations’ heritage and traditional ways.
Reviewer’s Rating: 9/10
Stuart Forster is a freelance writer and the creator of the travel blog Go Eat Do. He frequently writes about Canada and destinations within the country. Visit his website to find local tips for visitors to Whitehorse, the territorial capital of the Yukon, and other destinations in the country.
Photographs by Stuart Forster