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Lake Laberge, Whitehorse

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Lake Laberge is a widening of the Yukon River north of Whitehorse, Yukon in Canada. It is fifty kilometres long and ranges from two to five kilometres wide. Its water is always very cold, and its weather often harsh and suddenly variable.History and DescriptionThe local Southern Tutchone called it Tàa'an Män, Tagish knew it as Kluk-tas-si, and the Tlingit as Tahini-wud. Its English name comes from 1870 commemorating Michel LaBerge (1836–1909) - born in Chateauguay, Quebec, the first French-Canadian to explore the Yukon in 1866. It was well-known to prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, as they would pass Lake Laberge on their way down the Yukon River to Dawson City. Jack London's Grit of Women (1900) and The Call of the Wild (1903), and Robert W. Service's poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee" (1907) mention the lake.During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, after-winter steamers carrying goods on Lake Laberge early on in the shipping season regarded the lake as trouble, since it was one of the last such passages to thaw its ice. At least two methods were employed to break the ice up:
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  • Was disappointed that highway improvements have made it all but impossible to view Lac Laberge except from the campground on the south-west end. 
  • We stopped at the Lake Laberge campsite 9/10/16 to scope it out as a possible launch site for another canoe expedition down the Yukon River. We'd just finished a 200 mile plus expedition from Minto to...  read more »
  • My husband always wanted to go to "the marge of Lake LaBerge" after reading 'The Cremation of Sam McGee'. We spent three lovely days camping with friends. Good campsite, clean toilets, wood supplied f...  read more »
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