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YCS helps people get outside and promotes awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the Yukon’s ecosystems.


YCS supports the conservation and protection of Yukon wild places.


YCS supports humane, sustainable and responsible management of wildlife.


YCS is a watchdog for industrial 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

Exhibit August 1-31 at the Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery

Featured Artists:

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.
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!

Beringia-themed Hike
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!

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