Tatshenshini River

Why Was the River Designated?

A 45 km stretch of the Tatshenshini within the Yukon Territory was designated to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in May 2004 for its outstanding representation of a coastal river system possessing high quality natural heritage values, for representing a central place in the history of the people of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, and for providing an internationally significant river recreation opportunity in a wilderness environment.

While the Yukon River and its tributaries drain a major portion of the territory into the Bering Sea, other portions of the Yukon drain into either the Arctic Ocean or the Pacific Ocean. This representation of the territory’s watershed divide was a contributing factor for the inclusion of the Tatshenshini in the CHRS, as the river is the primary contributor to the relatively small portion of the territory that drains to the Pacific Ocean.