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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

Exhibit: August 2-30
Location: Northern Front Studio's Community Gallery (110 - 2237 2nd Ave, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 0K7, in the Waterfront Building at the end of 2nd Ave. across from Boston Pizza)
Exhibit Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (the gallery is a free public space in a working architecture studio so it is only open during business hours)

Featured Artists:

On July 13-14, seven local artists created original works of art outdoors, inspired by the culturally and ecologically significant landscape of Miles Canyon and the Yukon River. Now's your chance to see the finished artwork!

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

Wild Edibles Plant Hike - Friday August 17, 12:30-1:30 - Interested in learning more about wild edible plants in the Yukon? Join YCS Trail Guides at Miles Canyon for a special FREE Wild Edibles hike!

Mushrooms - Saturday August 18, 12-2pm - Interested in learning more about Mushrooms? Join expert Sam Skinner, and our Trail Guides, on a Mushroom Themed Hike! Learn about mushrooms native to the Yukon!

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