YWP to Re-open

The Preserve will re-open Monday June 1st, 2020

The Preserve is taking a phased approach to opening. We’ll be starting with more limited services. Find out more about what you can expect when you visit.

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




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)

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

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Get an annual pass and visit all year long.

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Hours

Open Daily
10:30am to 5:30pm
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Guided Bus Tours  Daily Starting July 1st

  • 11 am
  • 2 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.

Lynx in 360 Video

3:50 min video - Lynx are the Feline, or cat, of the North. This carnivore has adapted well to its home in the Boreal forest with camouflage, excellent vision and hearing, large furred paws and long powerful legs. They are not the cuddling kind of cat, but in this...

Phase 2 – Increasing Services

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve reopened to the public June 1st, 2020 with Phase 1. The Preserve closed March 23rd, 2020 for the safety and well-being of our animals, staff and visitors. The Preserve is open daily from 10:30am to 5:30pm with modified services and will...

What’s in the Feed Station: Moose?

3:45 min Video -Hello and welcome to the moose feeding station! The feeding stations exist to make my job easier. Inside they have a big bag of pellets, a bale of hay, a bucket and scoop, a rake, a shovel, a pitchfork, a broom and a feeding chart. The moose get 25 lbs...

Royal and Magnificent Elk

1.5 min read - Have you seen our bull elk lately - striding regally across his habitat like a king checking his realm?The magnificence of the elk and his European cousin, the red deer stag, has inspired many legends and made its way into European heraldry (the art of...

Red Fox in 360 Video

4.5 min video - watch in either English or French - Wild and curious Red Foxes are a common sight in the Yukon. The natural adaptability and resourcefulness of this species makes them well-suited to coping with human presence, but sometimes they need us to remember...

Arctic Fox Adaptations in 360 Video

4 min video - watch in either English or French - Surviving in the North is not for everyone. Those who make it need more than strength and endurance, they also need the ability to adapt to a challenging climate! Arctic Foxes are well-adapted to their frozen home in...

Nest Box Mysteries

10 minute read -  Those bird houses do the same thing as the ones you might have in your backyard – provide a safe home for birds to lay their eggs and raise their young. Bird biologists usually call bird houses “nest boxes” when they’re used for ecological...

Muskox Get Shaggy

2 minute read -  In late Spring, Muskox start to look pretty shaggy and not very impressive.  They look like they could use a good combing - why is that? To best answer the question…..let’s first talk a bit about muskox. Muskox live on the tundra of the high arctic....

YWP to Reopen

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve re-opens to the public Monday June 1st, 2020. The Preserve closed March 23rd, 2020 for the safety and wellbeing of our animals, staff and visitors. The Preserve will be open daily from 10:30am to 5:30pm with modified services. As a large...

Cute But Tough – The Arctic Fox

6 minute read – “Winter Is Here” series continues with a species well suited to cold conditions - Arctic Fox!   The Arctic Fox is super cute, we all agree, but don’t be fooled by its appearance, this is one tough cookie! Often referred to by scientists as...

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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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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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accredited members of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

 



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4 days ago

Dr. Dan and others (both experts and enthusiastic citizens) will be back at the Preserve tomorrow for the last day of the Bioblitz.

You too can participate and add to our evolving knowledge of this ... See more

PASSIONATE ABOUT MOSQUITOS – Dr. Dan Peach, from the University of British Columbia, is seen at the Bioblitz held Wednesday at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. The event continues until Friday. In his ... See more

5 days ago

Join the blitz, today Thursday and/or Friday and get the know on the iNaturalist app through this video from Yukon Wildlife Viewing

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1 week ago

They are not the cuddling kind of cat, but in this video you can get up close and personal with our lynx! Learn about what they like to eat and their incredible power in this latest 360 video! ... See more

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Each year nature enthusiast (both citizens and scientists) gather to find as many wild species of plants🌱 animals 🐦🐝 and fungi 🍄 within a defined area over a defined period of time. This ... See more

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