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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Stewart Cassiar > Atlin

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.

Often 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. Although not on the Alaska Highway it is well worth the detour made just south of Tagish at Jakes Corner.

Atlin Lake
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.

Teresa Island
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).

Atlin Provincial Park
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).

If 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 opportunities.

White 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.

M.V. Tarahne
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.

Atlin Historic Society
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.

North 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.

Adanac Molybdenum Mine
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.

Symbol AUA
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 AUA.

Atlin Mountain Inn
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.

Taku 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.

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Atlin Map
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Atlin Lake Photo
Atlin Lake


Teresa Island
Teresa Island


Birch Mountain
Birch Mountain


M.V. Tarahne Photo
Historic M.V. Tarahne


Tom and 40lb fish
9 kg. (40 lb.) fish caught by Tom


Atlin Museum
Atlin Museum


Mining Roads
Mining Roads


Historic Atlin Cemetery
Historic Atlin Cemetery




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