Join a local naturalist for a trip that features something special in the Whitehorse area. We are offering unique theme hikes in spring and fall, explore animal life, in the 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.
These tours are available from 2 participants. Single supplement is $50.
Steppe Life: The Heritage of Beringia, June 1 to June 30 & August 25 to September 30
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
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.
The Beauty of Spring Flowers – Explore the Yukon’s spring flowers on a mountain hike – June 10 to June 30
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
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.
A visit to the Arctic Ground Squirrel – autumn hike with local naturalist – August 30 to September 30
Price: $145 + GST, per person. Includes guided mountain hike with nature interpretation and wildlife viewing, pamphlet about the excursion. Duration: 6 hours
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.