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GUIDED INTERPRETIVE HIKES


Join naturalist Andrea for a trip that features something special in the Whitehorse area.
We are offering unique theme hikes at appropriate times of the year
; explore animal life in the winter world north of 60, discover the pleasures of bird watching, search for purple saxifrage on the surrounding hills of Whitehorse, or walk over the grassy hills, a remnant of the Beringian steppe.

As a local resident, Andrea knows about inspiring places, the seasonal hotspots for bird watching, where the first prairie crocus bloom and where encounters with nature are waiting for you. Andrea is trained in Natural History of the Yukon and as an interpreter through Interpretation Canada.

These tours are availble from 2 participants. Single supplement is $50.


Why the snowshoe hare needs snowshoes:
The amazing story of winter survival


November 1 to March 31

On our three hour walk through the Yukon’s boreal forest, you will get in touch with nature. The trail takes you along a creek and then to the banks of the Yukon River. While walking along we come across animal tracks such as the snowshoe hare’s and discover their creative ways for adaptation to the winter environment. How is the snowshoe hare adapted to traveling on snow? What does he eat during winter? What about the beaver that lives here? Guided by a local naturalist you will interpret the signs and understand the survival strategies of plants and animals who make the boreal forest their home. An interpretive booklet encourages you to take your own notes and draw sketches.
Bring your warm winter clothing and your camera. You will have the opportunity to take your very own special pictures of a frosty environment and an iced over creek!

Price $125.00 + GST per person. Includes transportation, guided interpretation, interpretive booklet, snacks and hot drinks.
Location: 20km from downtown Whitehorse
Duration: 4 hours


Steppe Life: The Heritage of Beringia


April 25 to June 30 & August 25 to September 30


During the last ice age, the two continents on the edge of the Arctic (Alaska and Siberia) were joined by a land bridge called Beringia. This unglaciated area was covered in grasses and herbs and home to the giants of the ice age: the mammoth, the giant short faced bear, and the steppe bison. A three hour walk just outside of Whitehorse leads us over dry, south facing slopes. In the spring, we will find the first flowering plants such as the prairie crocus and hear the song White-crowned Sparrow and encounter other typical boreal forest species such as Boreal Chickadee and Blackpoll Warbler. In autumn the soapberries ripen and the hills are topped with golden aspen forest and the clear autumn sky. While walking through the grassland we can imagine life thousands of years ago. The landscape of Beringia comes to life. How would a mammoth fit in here? How did the famous land bridge affect flora and fauna in the Yukon? A visit to the Beringia Museum completes our afternoon.

Price $125.00 +GST per person. Includes transportation, guided interpretation, interpretive pamphlet, snacks and drinks on the trail and admission to Beringia Museum.
Location: 10km from downtown Whitehorse
Duration: 4 hours


An Oasis of Life: Wings over the Yukon

April 10 to June 10

On our bird and wildlife watching tour to a close by wetland, we encounter migrating waterfowl, ducks in their breeding plumage and songbirds on top of their voices. Wetlands are particularly rich places and always offer unexpected findings. No pond without a Mallard! Although we might need some luck to see less common ducks such as Blue-winged Teal, Goldeneye and beaver are regularly seen here. Have you ever dreamt to hear the mystic call of the Loon? Let us pause our busy lives for a moment and watch the Common Yellowthroat in the willows on the water’s edge or listen for the melodic song of the Red-winged Blackbird.

Price $125.00 +GST per person. Includes transportation, guided interpretation, interpretive booklet, and refreshments on the trail.
Location: 10km from downtown Whitehorse
Morning or evening tour available
Duration: 3-4 hours


The Wetland Café: Bird migration in the Yukon

April 10 to June 10

Visit a bird watchers hot spot during the vibrant spring migration. McClintock Bay is an important and high profile spring migration area for waterfowl; arguably southern Yukon’s most well known and most heavily used spring migration area During this excursion we will have the opportunity to observe nesting Arctic Terns, the amazing long distant migrates, a great variety of shorebirds such as Pectoral Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs and Common Snipe are as well encountered in high numbers. Globally significant numbers of Trumpeter Swans pass through in spring migration, with up to 1,500 birds being seen in one day Their close relative, the Tundra Swan, can be seen in the area in even larger numbers, with daily counts approaching 2,000 birds. Over 20 species of waterfowl stage or breed here - Northern Pintail, American Wigeon and American Green-winged Teal are some of the most common species. Bird watching tips and a visit to Swan Haven Interpretative Centre round up this experience.

Price $145.00 +GST per person. Includes transportation, guided interpretation, interpretive pamphlet, snacks and hot drinks.
Location: 40km from downtown Whitehorse
Duration: 5 hours



The Beauty of Spring Flowers
Explore the Yukon’s spring flowers on a hike in the mountains


June 10 to June 30

This tour leads us on a well maintained trail from the boreal forest onto the alpine slopes where we experience the unique conditions plants have to cope with to thrive in the north. We will find conspicuously flowering plants such as arctic lupine as well as the minute flowers of pussy toes. Let us be surprised by the beauty of the little purple flowers of the Lapland rosebay or the extensive carpet of mountain avens. Traditional use of plants is a focus of the tour as well. We will keep our eyes open for animals such as arctic ground squirrel and horned lark that make the mountains their home. If you wish to understand the inner workings and relationships of nature's creation, this guided hike is for you.

Price $145.00 +GST per person. Includes transportation, guided interpretation, interpretive booklet, refreshments on the trail
Location: 40km from downtown Whitehorse
Duration: 6 hours
Rating: Medium, elevation gain of 400m

 

A visit to the Arctic Ground Squirrel
Interpreted autumn hike with local naturalist

August 30 to September 30

This tour leads us on a well maintained trail from the boreal forest onto the alpine slopes where we experience the unique conditions plants have to cope with to thrive in the north. During our ascent we encounter wildlife of the boreal forest, such as Spruce Grouse and red squirrel. The boreal forest here is dominated by the trembling aspen with bright yellow fall leaves, white spruce and shrubs such as bell heather and Labrador tea. Closer to the tree line, we will find the tree of the Yukon, the subalpine fir. Past the tree line we will wander through dwarf birches until we will reach the alpine, where we can observe Arctic ground squirrels in their natural habitat. Traditional use of plants is a focus of the tour as well. We will keep our eyes open for wildlife such as sheep, Rock Ptarmigan and eagles that make the mountains their home. If you wish to experience a wilderness hike combined with wildlife viewing and understanding of the inner workings and relationships of nature's creation, this guided hike is for you.

Rating: Moderate. Although the trail is maintained, it might be rough in sections. Elevation gain of 400m.

Price: $145 + GST, per person. Includes guided mountain hike with nature interpretation and wildlife viewing, pamphlet about the excursion.
Duration: 6 hours

 


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