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YCS promotes and enhances awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the Yukon’s ecosystems.


YCS supports the conservation and protection of the Yukon’s natural resources.


YCS supports humane, sustainable and responsible management of wildlife


YCS is a watchdog for development and researches smart solutions for our territory.

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 2018

Friday July 13th 2pm-8pm
Saturday July 14th 10am-4pm

Featured Artists:

These local artists will create original works of art outdoors, inspired by the culturally and ecologically significant landscape of Miles Canyon and the Yukon River.
This is a free, drop-in event - feel free to come by the canyon anytime over the two-day event to meet the artists, learn and ask questions as they create art. You can stay for a few minutes or a few hours! 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.

Artworks will be exhibited August 2-30 at the Northern Front Studio with a launch party on Wed. Aug. 8 from 5-7pm.

For more information, contact Max Lommerse, Trail Guide Coordinator, by email or call 867-668-5678.

This FREE special event is part of the Yukon Conservation Society's Guided Nature Hikes Program and 50th Anniversary Events.
Funding for this project made possible through the assistance of Arts Fund, Department of Tourism and Culture, Jeanie Dendys, Minister.

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.
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 Max at 867-668-5678 or email us.

Our regular hikes are great for people of all ages, including children, who are capable of walking 3.5km over mostly gentle terrain.

Special Themed Hikes

Weed Walk with YISC - Tuesday July 17, 12:30-1:30 pm. Meet at 302 Hawkins St. (YCS office). Join the Yukon Invasive Species Council for an informative lunch-hour walk downtown. We'll learn about invasive species in the Yukon and how you can do your part to get rid of them!

Wild Edible Plants Hike - Friday July 20, 12:30-1:30pm. Meet at Miles Canyon Bridge for this short, informative hike and learn all about different kinds of edible plants in the Yukon! Remember to dress for the weather.

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