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Miles Canyon Hikes & Summer Programs

Through our free guided hikes and other programming at Miles Canyon, we help visitors and locals alike learn about conservation by exploring nature. We also offer a glimpse into the First Nations history of the area and the Klondike Gold Rush. See human and natural history come to life before your eyes as you explore and learn with our trail guide interpreters.

Created at the Canyon

Friday July 5, 2-8pm at Miles Canyon
Saturday July 6, 10am-4pm at Miles Canyon

Exhibit August 1-31 at the Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery
Exhibit Launch Party August 1, 5-7pm

Featured Artists:
BOREALIS SOUL · CATHY ROUTLEDGE · CHANTEL GOODMAN · DAN BROWN HOZJAN · DIXIE SMEETON · KEITHA CLARK

Join six local artists as they create original works of art outdoors, inspired by the culturally and ecologically significant landscape of Miles Canyon and the Yukon River. Stop by this free event on Friday July 5 (2-8pm) or Saturday July 6 (10am-4pm) to meet the artists, learn and ask questions as they create art.

There will be a YCS tent at the Robert Lowe Suspension Bridge to show you where the artists can be found. They'll all be situated an easy walk from the bridge. Our regular hikes will be running as usual Friday at 2-4pm and Saturday at 10am-noon and 2-4pm. These hikes will take you to Canyon City and back while also pointing out where the artists are located.

Created at the Canyon is an outdoors art event celebrating artistic perspectives on nature and history in the Yukon, hosted by the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS). Since 1980, YCS has provided free interpretive natural and historical hikes to connect communities, people, and individuals to the environment. YCS has hosted an “art on the trails” event at Miles Canyon since 2012.

This project is made possible through the assistance of Arts Fund, Department of Tourism and Culture, Jeanie Dendys, Minister. Thank you also to these sponsors of Created at the Canyon and the Yukon Conservation Society Interpretation Program:
Government of Yukon
Government of Canada
City of Whitehorse Recreation Grant
Yukon Arts Centre

Free Guided Nature Hikes: Miles Canyon to Canyon City
Two-hour nature and history hikes leaving twice daily from Miles Canyon in the summer months.
HIKES RUN SATURDAY JUNE 8 to SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 2019
When: 10am & 2pm, Tuesday through Saturday
Where: Meet at the Robert Lowe Suspension Bridge below the Miles Canyon parking lot

Our two-hour, easy walking hikes are fun for avid nature enthusiasts, hikers and families alike. Learn about the Gold Rush, First Nations history, geology, plants, animals and so much more! Hikes leave from the bridge during the summer, rain or shine. Wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring your own water and snacks – Miles Canyon has no facilities except an outhouse. We practice Leave No Trace principles on the trail. Special themed hikes with guest leaders will take place periodically throughout the summer.

No registration is required for any of our hikes - just show up on time at Miles Canyon Bridge! Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome to attend.

No transportation is provided to the Canyon. The Canyon is not serviced by public transit. It is a long walk (7.3 km or approx. one and a half hours) from downtown.

For information about hikes, please call 867-668-5678 or email us.

Our regular hikes are great for people of all ages, including children, who are capable of walking 5km over mostly gentle terrain.


Special Events & Themed Hikes

Yoga by the River with Erica Heuer
Thursday June 27, 12:10-1:10 pm
Meet at Miles Canyon bridge. By donation.

Lunchtime Weed Walk with Yukon Invasive Species Council
Tuesday July 2, 12:-1:pm
Meet at 302 Hawkins St. downtown to learn more about invasive plants!

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