Dechenla Lodge and Wilderness Resort is located just across the Yukon border in the Northwest Territories.

What makes Dechenla wilderness resort such a unique destination is its situation on a high elevation tundra plateau nestled between two distinct ranges of mountains. This produces breath-taking scenery, amazing diversity and is a sense of unfettered space and tranquility. The ever-changing light that dances off the many lakes and ponds enhances this beauty and serenity. Added to this are the changes that come about with the seasons – the snow patches give way to shades of green which give way to the “kodachrome” colours of fall.
Dechenla Lodge
Dechenla offers surprising diversity. As well as the unique landforms that come with the tundra, such as palsas and patterned ground, there are a variety of biotic communities. The tundra falls away into an extensive shrub zone that is interrupted by patches of spruce and accentuated by alpine slopes and snow-capped peaks. Here lives the world’s largest herd of mountain caribou, as well as moose, sub-arctic wolves, wolverine, grizzlies, and a host of smaller creatures – marmots, ground squirrels, pikas, and voles. Also, more than 130 species of birds have been recorded here, including such arctic specialties as Gyrfalcons, Ptarmigan (3 different species), Wandering Tattlers, Long-tailed Jaegers, Long-tailed ducks (formerly Oldsquaw ducks), and Smith’s Longspurs. And of course the alpine flowers, diverse and prolific from mid-June through July.
Dechenla Lodge alpine flowers
Caribou in particular captivate the sense of wilderness. The Dechenla tundra brings together 4 distinct caribou herds, whose ranges extend over a vast area through the Yukon and the NWT. This mixing of 4 large herds is unique – truly of world heritage significance.
Woodland Caribou
Overlooking Dechenla wilderness resort, some 25km away, is Keele Peak, climbing to almost 3000m, and the highest mountain in northern Canada, outside the St.Elias Mountains in Kluane National Park. This is truly a magnificent mountain, called Luten, or “Ice Mountain” by the Kaska people. It is visible from Dechenla – a landmark of rock spires and glaciers.

It is this special area, tucked into a wilderness of mountains, and crystal streams – an area that tugs at ones soul – that we strive to showcase.