The Preserve is open daily!

The Preserve is taking a phased approach to opening. Phase 1 started June 1st with more limited services. Find out more about what you can expect when you visit.

Iconic Yukon Wildlife

Experience 12+ iconic Yukon species in large natural landscapes. Find out more about the our wildlife.

Visit Year Around

Experience Yukon wildlife in their element. Find 12 iconic species in large natural habitats. Walk the 5km loop or join a guided bus tour.

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Members experience 4 seasons of Yukon wildlife with family and friends. And its one of the best deals around.

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We care for Yukon’s injured and orphaned wildlife to give them a second chance at life. Your gift will help us give them the best possible veterinary care – and get them back on their feet or wings!




Getting There

Location
Km 8 / Mile 5
Takhini Hot Springs Road
Directions
We are located a 30 minute drive from Whitehorse
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Admission

What to expect while visiting during COVID-19

Please note: we are not accepting cash on-site at this time. Credit / debit only.

General Admission
$16 / Adult (18+)
$9 / Child (4-17)
$0 / Infant (0-3)

Pre-purchase Tickets Online

Bus Tour + General Admission – Available July 1st
$24 / Adult (18+)
$17 / Child (4-17)

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Membership
Get an annual pass and visit all year long.

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Hours

Open Daily
11:30am to 5:00pm
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Guided Bus Tours  Daily Starting November 1st

  • Monday to Friday – 3:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday – 12:00 and 3:00 pm
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Experience Yukon Wildlife

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Experience 12+ iconic Yukon species in large natural landscapes over 350 acres.
Explore the 5km / 3mi (350 acre ) loop on foot or join a guided bus tour.
Open year around so you can experience Yukon wildlife in their element.
Play outside like the good old days with summer Nature Camps and educational programming for schools and groups.

Get a Deeper Appreciation

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Check out our latest articles on Yukon’s wildlife or browse all articles here.

Surviving a Cold Snap

15 minute read - This is Part 3 of a 4 part series by guest author and ecologist, Joshua Robertson on how wildlife at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve stays warm (thermoregulates) in the winter. Read Part 1: Staying Warm in the Yukon and Part 2: Winter Heat Losses. Preface...

The Boreal Forest – A Life Source

11 min read - A key feature of the Yukon’s geography is the Boreal Forest. The Boreal forest grows around the Earth located exclusively in Northern Hemispheres at latitudes between the Arctic Circle and 50° North....

Uneasy neighbours: red foxes and arctic foxes in the north

It’s tough out there in the arctic. It’s a real fox-eat-fox world. Literally! Take a virtual trip up to the Yukon’s arctic coast and learn about the complex and, at times, tenuous co-existence of two northern icons: the red and arctic fox.

The Dangerous and the Benign: distinguishing between big scary bugs

Some participants of the 2020 Bioblitz got a bit of a scare when they discovered a large insect with what appeared to be a massive stinger. Since Asian giant hornets aka “murder hornets” had recently made headlines with their unwelcome appearance on the west coast of North America, it was reasonable to worry that they may have traveled north to our territory. But we are here to squash that fear! The big scary bug you may be spotting in your backyard is neither murderous nor a hornet. It also doesn’t actually have a stinger! Learn about the harmless wood-loving horntail and how it couldn’t be more different than the dangerous hornet it was mistaken for.

Bear Poo and You: learning about Yukon Bears with the OURS research project

People say there’s more than one way to skin a cat but there’s also more than one way to survey a bear. One of those ways is through their scat! Operation Ursus Research using Scat is doing exactly this and you can be a part of it. Learn how these surveys are conducted, why they’re important, and how you can help improve our knowledge of Yukon bears by collecting their poo.

Rusty Blackbird: the mysterious decline of a common boreal bird

The aptly named Rusty Blackbird is regular fixture in the boreal forest and can often be spotted in wetlands and hanging out by slow moving streams. Until recently, very little was known about this opportunistic water-loving bird but as we learn more about them, we’ve also learned that their populations are in decline. What’s causing this drop in Rusty Blackbird numbers? We’re not entirely sure. Read on to learn how scientists are using modern
technology and recent discoveries to help unravel this mystery. Written by Pam Sinclair in conjunction with Joelle Ingram

Winter Heat Losses

15 minute read -This is Part 2 of a 4 part series by guest author and ecologist, Joshua Robertson on how wildlife at the Yukon Wildlife Presere stays warm (thermoregulates) in the winter. Read Part 1. The article was edited on March 15, 2021 to update heat loss...

Staying Warm in Yukon

10 minute read - This is Part 1 of a 4 part series by guest author and ecologist, Joshua Robertson on how wildlife at the Yukon Wildlife Presere stays warm (thermoregulates) in the winter.In the south of the Yukon, winter has long since settled in. Snow has...

Love for the Lynx

While the ungulates have already gone through their languages of love the carnivores are just getting started!
It’s a great time to hear the courtship calls from the lynx, arctic fox and red foxes. While the two species of foxes are the same gender (red foxes – males, arctic foxes – females), our lynx group consists of a male and two females and all three lynx will remain in the habitat together this season.

Language of Love

15 minute read and listen - With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we all have love on the brain... at least us humans do. Here at the Preserve the ungulates have already gone through their respective courtship rituals back in the fall. Nonetheless, it seems like a...

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Yukon Wildlife Preserve
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Jess Pizzol
Jess Pizzol
00:55 09 Dec 19
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff, I highly recommend taking the guided bus tour as it gives you the opportunity to learn from the guide about the history of the preserve and about the animals.
Jeremy T
Jeremy T
12:18 24 Oct 19
If you like taking pictures this place won't disappoint. Lots of photo ops to be had. The animals all appear healthy and the enclosures are huge. Staff were super friendly and helpful. Makes for a nice walk. A definite experience not to miss if visiting Whitehorse and surrounds.
Sridhar Chilimuri
Sridhar Chilimuri
13:40 11 Oct 19
It is in my opinion a glorified zoo with a beautiful location. The animals are all fenced in with limited space to move. The animals looked healthy and well managed. It takes about an hour or so to view them. You can walk, easy hike,or take a bus tour with a guide. I recommend the walk unless you have difficulty walking. The bus does stop and all animals are easily visible. If you do want to see such a wide variety in a small space this would be a place to go. Adequate parking - not much of food - some soft drinks. Easy drive from White Horse.
Kimberly Jakeman
Kimberly Jakeman
16:35 09 Sep 19
Great place to get a look at some of the beautiful animals. We were very lucky to be able to see each animal which is not always the case. The guide was great and very knowledgeable. They have a bus route where you can jump on and off to see the animals close up or you can do a walking tour. Well worth the visit
Ginger Dean
Ginger Dean
06:30 30 Jun 19
Really great way to see some animals in their natural habitat. It's also educational and they have information about each animal that is found native in that area. There's some beautiful views. When I went, I had the pleasure of seeing sheep, goats, mouse, bison, foxes, and elk. There were also babies and one of the elk was in the process of giving birth. Cool stuff! You can tell the animals are well cared for.
Eleanor Scott
Eleanor Scott
18:02 10 Mar 19
We enjoyed the guided bus tour on a sunny clear afternoon. We were lucky enought to get a good look of all the animals in the care of the preserve including the shy lynx, arctic and red foxes and Musk Ox. The driver/interpreter was knowledgeable and well paced. A great excursion if you are in the area
Valerie Yuen
Valerie Yuen
21:22 07 Mar 19
We had a great time at the wildlife preserve. Overall was a 5km walk to check out many wild animals. We saw some bison, moose, deer, elk... and arctic fox!! We spent almost 2 hours walking and taking our time on a clear sunny day. Would definitely come back.
Ethan Clarke
Ethan Clarke
01:06 03 Mar 19
Interesting selection of local animals. Could use some enclosures to protect the humans from the wind. Come well dressed!
Elizabeth Carette
Elizabeth Carette
06:36 11 Feb 19
I absolutely love the Yukon Wildlife Preserve! A great opportunity to see wildlife up close and a nice 5km walk around in all seasons. Staff are friendly and knowledgable and the cost is very reasonable, especially if you buy a season's pass. All in all a great place to spend a few hours!
Caitlyn MacMaster
Caitlyn MacMaster
00:56 12 Nov 18
Lots of interesting wildlife. Informative signs - even better if you do the bus tour, as the staff are very knowledgeable and have great stories about the animals. See elk, bison, mule deer, moose, sheep, mountain goats, caribou, lynx, foxes, and muskoxen! Beautiful scenery, too! If you're local, definitely worth the annual pass. Good value!
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Current Weather

Weather at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve can be quite different from downtown Whitehorse. Get the latest from the Preserve's weather station:

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Note: the weather station is currently displaying in PST rather than YST (i.e. 8am PST = 9am YST)

Quick Facts

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Yukon Wildlife Preserve Operating Society (YWPOS) is a registered charity and not-for-profit society. We are located on the Takhini Hot Springs Corridor just outside Whitehorse, Yukon and open year around.

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animals over 350 acres

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iconic Yukon species in large natural habitats

 

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Home to Yukon’s only Wildlife Rehabilitation  facility

 

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accredited members of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

 



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Who Da Best? Have you ever wondered who is the ultimate cold weather species at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve?!

Guest writer and researcher Joshua Robertson is back, analyzing thermal images taken at ... See more

Analysis of thermal images show energy expenditure of moose, muskox, bison, caribou, mule deer, arctic foxes and of course humans at -34c!

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Turtles in the Yukon? Say what!

Head over to Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre (online or in person) for an incredible diversity of learning opportunities on animals, once upon a (ice age) time ... See more

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344 brave souls took on the Easter Hare's 🐰riddle, and a snowstorm ❄️today!

Thanks for the hoppin' good time! Happy Easter to all.

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We're ready for you! The Easter hare gave the gift of more snow.

The paths at the Preserve are awesome for skis, kicksleds, fat bike or good ol' fashioned foot mode of transportation.

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Box 20191
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 7A2

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