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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

The 2016 summer free guided hikes, Kids’ Ed-Ventures, and art event at Miles Canyon are now over.

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 Yukon’s First Nations heritage and Gold Rush history. 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 11 through August 20
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.

Themed Hikes:

  • Tuesday August 16 - 2-4pm - MUSHROOMS with Sam Skinner
  • Thursday August 18 - 2-4pm - BERINGIA hike with Beringia Centre Interpreters
  • Friday August 19 - 12:30-1:30pm - WILD EDIBLES LUNCHTIME HIKE with YCS Trail Guides Bella and Sarjana

No registration is required for any of our hikes - just show up on time at Miles Canyon Bridge!


Kids’ Ed-Ventures
Games and activities for kids (Saturday 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. Additionally, we offer nature and conservation themed drop-in activities and games for children of all ages every Saturday at Miles Canyon from 12:30-2pm. These sessions run from June 18 through August 13. Meet us at the Robert Lowe Suspension Bridge below the Miles Canyon parking lot! Starting August 4, we will also be offering Kids' Ed-Ventures at the Fireweed Market in Shipyards Park, Thursdays from 3-8pm.

Weekly Themes:

  • August 13 - ART

Would you like to schedule a specialized program for your camp, daycare, or other kids’ group? Contact Nina at 668-5678 or by email to book a custom Kids' Ed-Venture. We are happy to accommodate theme, time, and location requests.

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 new Nature Playbook from the Canadian Parks Council.


Created at the Canyon Exhibit
Original art and music inspired by the natural and cultural history of Miles Canyon & Canyon City.

When: August, 9am - 5pm
Where: Northern Front Studio, Waterfront Building, 2237 2nd Ave #110, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5W1 (at the end of 2nd Ave.)

On July 15 & 16, artists kjmunro, Leslie Leong, Pat Bragg, Steve Slade, and Dustin J.L. Sheldon created original works inspired by the culturally and ecologically significant landscape of Miles Canyon & Canyon City. View the finished artwork for free at Northern Front Studio from until August 30th, 2016.

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

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