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
Exhibit August 1-31 at the Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery
BOREALIS SOUL · CATHY ROUTLEDGE · CHANTEL GOODMAN · DAN BROWN HOZJAN · DIXIE SMEETON · KEITHA CLARK
Enjoy to works created by six local artists exhibited at the Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery.
The artists created original works of art outdoors, inspired by the culturally and ecologically significant landscape of Miles Canyon and the Yukon River.
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
Drop-in Kid-Friendly Hike
Friday August 2nd, 12:15-1:15 pm
Join the YCS Trail Guides at Miles Canyon for a special FREE Drop-in Kid-friendly Hike! We'll take you through some of the Miles Canyon trails. The kids hikes are 1 - 2 kilometres. There are a few big hills, but the group will be taking it pretty slow. Suitable for kids ages 5+. The hikes are drop-in, not drop-off, so the kids on the hike need to be accompanied by a chaperone.
Northern Adaptations Hike
Friday August 2nd, 2-4 pm
Join expert Shailyn Drukis, and our Trail Guides on a Themed Hike! Learn about how some plants and animals can survive the Yukon’s cold and dry environment. Join this fascinating hike to explore some of these species unique adaptive strategies
Wild Edibles Hike
Friday August 9th, 12:15-1:15 pm
Interested in learning more about wild edible plants in the Yukon and how to use them? Join the YCS Trail Guides at Miles Canyon for a special FREE Wild Edibles hike! We'll take you through the Miles Canyon trails and teach you how to harvest and cook with some of the Yukon's tastiest wild plants including fireweed, pasture sage, and more!
Tuesday and Wednesday August 13th and 14th, 2-4 pm
Beringia expert Corin Noble will lead the hike with our Trail Guides. Learn about the Yukon’s ice age past - plants, animals, humans, and more!
Related News & Events
June 13, 2016
Lunchtime yoga in Miles Canyon is back on Wednesday July 27, 12:15-1:15pm!
May 24, 2017
Apply now to be one of six featured artists for Created at the Canyon 2017!
July 11, 2017
Six local artists created original work in Miles Canyon. Artwork will be exhibited August 2nd - September 1st 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday at the Northern Front Studio, Waterfront Station (curved roof bldg)
June 7, 2018
Applications for artists are now closed.
June 27, 2018
Friday June 29, 12:30-1:30pm, meet at the Miles Canyon bridge
May 9, 2019
Calling all Yukon artists! Apply to Created at the Canyon by Monday June 3, 11:59 PM.
September 12, 2016
August 1, 2016
Come to the Northern Front Studio on Tuesday August 2nd between 5-8pm to view original local artwork created at Miles Canyon, hear live music and poetry, and enjoy some free snacks!