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Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Whitehorse

(4.7/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Spreading over a vast area of low-lying flat lands, rolling hills, marshes, and steep rock cliffs, Yukon Wildlife Preserve features 13 species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural habitats. Pick up an informative trail guide and a map and venture off on a self-guided walking tour. Prepare to meet bison, moose, mule deer, woodland caribou, Rocky Mountain elk, mountain goats, lynx, Arctic and red foxes as you explore. The preserve is also home to dozens of bird species, including eagles. Facilities include picnic tables and benches along the walking trails and outdoor restrooms. The bus tours in English follow a 5 km (3.1 mi) loop around the preserve. For those who want to take their time and learn more about the animals, a private tour is the best choice. Be sure to carry water with you. Using our international travel planner, Whitehorse attractions like Yukon Wildlife Preserve can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Visited last summer and it was cool to see some animals I've never seen before. It's great that they are helping animals  more »
  • This is a great place to take your kids so they can learn about wildlife. The bus tour is really good. If you have small kids or younger kids who can't walk far, being a cart or stroller. It's a LONG,...  more »
  • We had a private tour by Lindsay, who was wonderful in explaining the purpose of the centre and drove us to see the animals under their care. Thrilled to see the lynx, arctic fox, muskox among others.  more »
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  • The Preserve is about a 20 minute drive out of Whitehorse. We got there just after ten, and so missed the shuttle which was a good thing. It made us walk the approximately 5K road route past the habitats of the animals. We walked at a leisurely pace, taking pictures as we went. In the first habitat, we saw Rocky Mountain elk foals with their proud parents. In the next, a field of shaggy wood bison, also with young. As we went on we saw two varieties of thinhorn sheep (Dall's sheep and stone sheep), muskoxen, snowshoe hares, Arctic foxes, a moose with calf, a woodland caribou and several mountain goats. Throughout the walk, dozens of Arctic ground squirrels scampered and whistled their approval. The animal habitats are large, (the park is over 700 acres) and we could take pictures of the animals in their natural surroundings in many cases. Spring is a great time to see the animals with their young, but the trade off is that some of them are starting to look a little shaggy as they shed their winter coats. We took over two hours to walk the 5K route and we took over 120 pictures between the two of us. We stopped in the visitor cabin to check out and picked up a nature book for our grandchildren in the gift shop. We had several questions and the staff member on duty was able to answer all of them for us. A great morning.
  • They really look after these rescues. Great walk. Peaceful and pleasant.
  • So many animals to see! There were quite a few, with a great view. The hike was great and the panels were very informative and well designed.
  • Great place for a walk at any time of year. Clear pathways and lots of animals. Great to ski around in the winter. Accessible to all as you can walk, ride your bike, or take a guided tour by van.
  • Great experience overall -- actually saw all of the animals while walking the 5km loop. Makes for a nice day out, when paired with a late lunch at the nearby cafĂ© and an afternoon soak at the hot springs.