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 SOUTHERN LAKES REGION
    Atlin, British Columbia
Surrounded by aquamarine glacial lakes and impressive mountain peaks, the small town of Atlin is truly unique. Atlin is located in northern British Columbia, however, the only way
to access the community by road is through the Yukon.
Atlin lies within the traditional territory of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, but as elsewhere, the town grew as
a result of the Klondike Gold Rush. Thousands of settlers flocked to the region in 1898 and helped establish a busy mining community. At it’s peak, the population of Atlin was 10,000. Many buildings from that era still remain.
The area remained popular as a tourist destination well into the 1920s when it was known as the “Switzerland of the North.” Visitors and residents would come to Atlin by traveling north through the Inside
Tagish
Tagish is a small community of about 400 people located in the heart of the Yukon’s Southern Lakes region. It can be reached either by turning west at Jake’s corner off the Alaska Highway, or by turning east at Carcross from the South Klondike Highway. The road that connects Tagish to both
the Alaska Highway and the South Klondike Highway is called the Tagish Road. It’s a much recommended itinerary add-on to anyone visiting the Yukon. Stay at the government campground or for those looking for the extra amenities you can stay at the Six Mile River Resort. Stroll along the sandy beach along Tagish Lake or try your luck at some angling.
Passage and the Alaskan Panhandle by boat, then catch a train to one of the two lake steamers that would cross Atlin Lake and bring them to town. One steamer, the Tarahne,
still sits on the shores of Atlin today. The Great Depression of the 1930s caused the decline of both tourism and mining, and Atlin was abandoned. Residents were isolated until 1950,
when the Atlin Road was completed.
Today, Atlin is home to about 450 residents. The main economy is mining and tourism, but the town is also a draw for a number of artists, authors and artisans. The Atlin Arts and Music Festival brings the town alive each year in July.
You can reach Atlin by turning south off of the Alaska Highway near Jake’s Corner onto the Atlin Road.
Atlin Lake
At over 780 square kilometres, glacier-fed Atlin Lake is British Columbia’s biggest lake. It is six
and a half kilometres wide and
137 kilometres long, although the northern tip is in the Yukon. The name “Atlin” comes from the Tlingit name Áa Tlein meaning “big lake.” The lake is popular for fishing, boating and other water activities.
The name “Atlin” comes from the Tlingit name Áa Tlein meaning “big lake.”
   The Tagish Road winds through the heart of the Yukon’s Southern Lakes region. Jake’s corner is about 1 km away from the Atlin Road turn off. Tagish can be found about 30 km east of Carcross along the Tagish Road.
The Tagish Road was part of the original route of the Alaska Highway. It was also the area where the
RCMP set up during the gold rush to monitor the activities of gold-seekers and trappers. It offers excellent opportunities to view wildlife and access the Southern Lakes.
 Scenic views along the Tagish Road
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