Master Plan

Master Plan Project

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve is currently undertaking a master planning project.

The overall goals of this Master Plan project are to: 

  • Become a must-visit destination for all Yukon residents and tourists;
  • Continue to be a valued member of the local community; 
  • Increase involvement in science and research; 
  • Improve and grow the Yukon Wildlife Preserve brand; and
  • Be financially sustainable over the long-term and contribute to the local economy.

What’s Important to You?

Your voice is critical to developing a masterplan that will stand the test of time and reflect and support the values of our community.

Please take a moment to take one of our surveys – it should take 10-15 minutes:

A survey for businesses, tour operators and educators is forthcoming!

Stakeholder Engagement

Stantec has been hired, as part of a larger team, to reach out to key stakeholders. They will be gathering feedback from a range of groups and people and will provide a summary of what we heard. This report will then be used by the team to inform the plan.

Your input is important to us. Here are upcoming opportunities to get involved. They are:

  • An informal meet and greet at the Gold Rush Inn on Monday June 3, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm. This will be a chance to see what is happening, meet members of the planning team, ask questions, and provide input.
  • Saturday June 8 is Yukoner Day and along with free admission to the Wildlife Preserve, we will have a booth set up from 12 noon until 3pm. You can stop by, get some information and provide input to our team.
  • An online survey for public stakeholders that will be available until late June.
  • An online survey for business, tour operator and educators, available to late June.
  • Or contact us directly at:

Zoë Morrison
Senior Planner

867 633 2400 ext 127 

Stantec Architecture Ltd.
202-107 Main Street
Whitehorse YT
Y1A 2A7

Jake Paleczny
Executive Director

867-456-7313

YWPOS
Box 20191
Whitehorse YT
Y1A 7A2

    Project Team

    The Master Plan Project Team consists of:

    • YWPOS Board Members
    • YWPOS Staff
    • PJA Architects and Landscape Architects (Lead Consultant)
    • Osomono Ltd.
    • Zoo Advisors
    • Stantec (Whitehorse)
    • Aasman Branding (Whitehorse)

    Project Funding

    This project is made possible by:

    • CanNor
    • Yukon’s Community Development Fund

    Historical Context

    The Yukon Wildlife Preserve undertook a masterplan shortly after the YWP was formed in 2004. The lead author of this original master plan was Peter Karsten (former president of both the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums, and former director of the Calgary Zoo).

    This master plan took the Yukon Wildlife Preserve from a fledgling organization into a community staple. By 2015 much of the plan had been accomplished and it was clear that we needed an updated plan to help guide the Preserve through its next phase of growth.

    Read the Original Master Plan

    The original master plan was written in 2006 and revised again by 2009.

    Become a Sponsor

    Our mission is to connect our visitors to the natural world through memorable experiences in large natural landscapes. We care for Yukon’s most vulnerable wildlife and build nature literacy through engaging programs. Join us in building communities that are wild at heart!

    Yukon Wildlife Preserve
    Box 20191
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Y1A 7A2

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