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Free Guided Hikes
Miles Canyon Whitehorse

A historical nature hike covering the gold rush, First Nations history, plants, animals, ice age, and more! About two-hours long it is offered twice daily (10 am and 2 pm) from Tuesday to Saturday (NOT on Sunday and Monday). Hikes will run from June 14th to August 23rd, 2014, rain or shine! Meet at the Miles Canyon Bridge. Info at http://www.yukonconservation.org/nature_hikes.htm or 668-5678.

And don't forget these special themed hikes!

  • Lives of Fish in the Yukon River
    Special Guest: Franziska from Whitehorse Fish Ladder
    Thursday July 31st 2014 at 2:00pm
    Meet at the Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge
    Yukon Conservation Society special hike – free!

    Is there a better way to acknowledge the start of the Chinook Salmon run than with a special guided hike about fish? Come out for this hike with Franziska from the Whitehorse fish ladder! Walk along the Yukon River as you learn about the life cycles of the fish found around here, especially the Salmon and how they migrate through this very area.

    Hikes are free, but remember to dress for the weather. Info hikes@ycs.yk.ca or 668.5678.

    Nature & Foraging Walk
    Yukon Conservation Society
    Friday August 1st 2014 10:00am & 2:00pm
    Meet at the Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge
    Yukon Conservation Society special hikes – Free!

    Join the trail guides with Yukon Conservation Society on a free two-hour guided hike at Miles Canyon and Canyon Hike on a specially adapted foraging hike for the Yukon Culinary Festival! Not only will you learn about the Gold Rush, First Nations History, Geology, and the animals of the area, but our knowledgeable guides will also teach you how to identify and harvest edible and medicinal plants in the area.

    Hikes are free, but remember to dress for the weather. Info hikes@ycs.yk.ca or 668.5678.

  • Foraging Hike – part of the Yukon Culinary Festival
    Frank Slim Building (Shipyards Park Whitehorse - only walk that is not at Miles Canyon)
    Saturday August 2nd 2014 9:30am & 11:00am
    Special Guest: Beverley Gray & Markie-May Gray Bailie
    Yukon Conservation Society special hikes – Free!

    Take a break from the Fireweed Market and join author Beverley Gray and Yukon Conservation Society trail guide Markie-May Gray Bailie on a free one-hour foraging walk! Meet at the Frank Slim Building (Shipyards Park) at 9:30am and 11:00am and learn how to identify edible and medicinal plants in an urban environment as well as how to respectfully harvest and utilize these amazing Northern plants.

    Learn more about the 2014 Yukon Culinary Festival at http://www.tiayukon.com/Events/TheYukonCulinaryFestival/EventProgram.aspx


Protect the Peel!

Follow the court proceedings over at The Peel Watershed Legal Case blog. Here's the June 30th 2014 Press Release. But here's some background

have launched a legal action to force the Yukon Government to implement a Land Use Plan that will protect 54,000 square kilometres of wilderness in northern Yukon’s Peel River Watershed. Read the press release here.

The following are some of the legal documents filed with the Yukon Supreme Court.

...and here is the executive summary of the Berger opinion of the compensation of owners of mineral claims.

to the Peel legal case!

There is a an entire website devoted to protecting the peel - www.protectpeel.ca - it's worth a visit!! There's also more Peel Watershed info on this website. Avaaz.org has a great petition going to protect the Peel Watershed.


  • The Magical Thread: Hey Kids!  Take a Virtual Adventure at www.MagicalThread.com. The Magical Thread is an educational resource that teaches students (grade 4 – 6) about the magnificence of the natural world.   

This page was last updated (apart from the Twitter feed) July 29th, 2014

Original Web work by Mike Mason, updates by YCS staff