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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, Kids’ Ed-Ventures, 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!

Free Guided Nature Hikes: Miles Canyon to Canyon City
Two-hour nature and history hikes leaving twice daily from Miles Canyon.
When: 10am & 2pm, Tuesday through Saturday, June 10 through August 19
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.



Artwork will be exhibited August 2nd - September 1st 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

Northern Front Studio, Waterfront Station (curved roof bldg)

Six local artists created original works of art inspired by the culturally and ecologically significant landscape of Miles Canyon and the Yukon River.

This year's featured artists:

  • Shirley Adamson – painting, storytelling
  • Gorellaume – ink drawing
  • Anne Hoerber – encaustic (wax) painting
  • Françoise La Roche – tapestry/rug hooking
  • Helen O’Connor – paper making and sculpture
  • Sheelah Tolton – painting and sketch

Artwork will be exhibited August 2nd - September 1st, 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri, at the Northern Front Studio. This FREE special event is part of the Yukon Conservation Society's Guided Nature Hikes Program. Information: Sarjana Amin, Trail Guide Coordinator: email or call 867-668-5678

Funding for this project is made possible through the assistance of Arts Fund, Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Yukon, Jeanie Dendys, Minister.


Beringia Hikes

Friday, August 11th at 2 PM - 4 PM

Meet at Miles Canyon Bridge Whitehorse

Interested in learning more about Beringia? Join Beringia experts Lance and David, and our Trail Guides Tessie and Tannicka, on a Beringia Themed Hike! Learn about the Yukon’s ice age past! We’ll be talking about plants, animals, humans, and more! Hike runs from 2-4pm. No registration required, just show up at the Miles Canyon Bridge at 2pm dressed for the weather and in good footwear. Feel free to bring water and snacks, and munch while you learn on this easy and fun hike!

For more info: Sarjana Amin, Trail Guide Coordinator: email or call 867-668-5678


Kids’ Ed-Ventures
Games and activities for kids (Fireweed Market drop-in sessions and custom bookings).

Our regular hikes are great for people of all ages, including children, who are capable of walking 3.5km over mostly gentle terrain.
Would you like to schedule a specialized program for your camp, daycare, or other kids’ group? Contact Sarjana at 668-5678 or by email to book a custom Kids' Ed-Venture. We are happy to accommodate theme, time, and location requests. Themes include Art, Fish, Plants, Wildlife, Geology and more. Our nature stall at the Fireweed Market has finished for the summer.
Can't make it to a Kids' Ed-Venture, or looking for off-season ideas? For fun ways to get kids outside and playing in nature, check out the Nature Playbook from the Canadian Parks Council.


Thank you to our supporters including the Government of Yukon, Government of Canada, and the Arts Fund for making this programming possible.

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