Water Aerodrome

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Float base

Photo: Alistair Maitland Photography

Water Aerodrome on Schwatka Lake 

Schwatka Lake is a water aerodrome registered with Transport Canada (CEZ5). A float plane base is located on the western shore of the lake.   

Float Plane Services

Basic services are available at the base, which include outhouses, temporary plane parking, and fuel sales. 

Plane parking and fuel sales are available at the north end of the lake. To schedule a service appointment, contact Alkan Air at (867) 668-2107. A call out charge may be levied for one or more services. Fuel types available: 

  • 100LL av gas: Spec – CAN/CGSB – 3.25
  • JA turbine fuel: Spec – ASTM D 1655(b)

Plane parking is also available at the south end of the lake. Contact Alpine Aviation at (867) 668-7725 for information.


Pilots arriving at the aerodrome following an international crossing are required to report to Canada Border Services Agency. 


There are no public pay phones available at the float plane base. 


The Robert Service Campground is located approximately 600 m north of the float plane base. The campground is accessed by land via Robert Service Way.

Downtown Whitehorse is located approximately 2 km north of the base where hotel and hostel services are available. Main Street is approximately 3 km away from the base.   


The float plane base is accessed from Miles Canyon Road, off of Robert Service Way. Public bus transit is available. The closest timed stops are located north of the base, at the Robert Service Campground and at the Robert Service Ballpark. Taxi services are also available.