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Canada's Parks Day in Yukon

Picking berries at Fort Selkirk Historic Site, Yukon (YG photo)

Fort Selkirk Historic Site (YG photo)

Canada’s Parks Day is an opportunity for Canadians to participate in fun, educational and family-oriented events at parks and historic sites across the country. Parks Day falls on the third Saturday of July every year.

You can help celebrate Yukon parks and historic sites - join in on Parks Day events happening throughout the territory or create your own adventure at one of our many national, territorial or municipal parks, historic sites, heritage rivers, campgrounds and other special places.

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Parks Day events in Yukon 2014:

Wednesday, July 16

Portions of Paddy's Pond/Ice Lake Park and greenbelt, Whitehorse

Practice using a map and compass at this fun, family-friendly event. Volunteers available to help you get started. Registration opens at 6:00pm; mass start at 6:30 p.m. at Elijah Smith School. For more information call 393-3301. Hosted by the Yukon Orienteering Association.

Saturday, July 19

Fort Selkirk Historic Site, Yukon River

Join Yukon Historic Sites and Selkirk First Nation on a free boat trip from Pelly Farm to Fort Selkirk, where interpreters and self-guided tours acquaint visitors with more than 30 carefully-restored buildings. Special performance by the Selkirk Spirit Dancers at 2:00 p.m. To prepare for the trip, read about stories and archaeology of Fort Selkirk or view the self-guided tour booklet. Call 867-667-5386 to reserve a place. Boat trips run throughout the day.

 

Kluane National Park and Reserve

Join Amber for a leisurely walk through part of the Ä’äy Chù
Valley. Enjoy the beautiful scenery from Shepherd’s Knoll while learning about the Alaska Highway and the Southern Tutchone First Nation’s traditions. Meet at Tachäl Dhäl Visitor Centre, 72 km north of Haines Jct. at 11:00 a.m. (2.5 hrs). Bring lunch, water, comfortable footwear. Also check out the the Guelph University BioBus at the centre from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. For more information: Parks Canada, 867-634-7207.

 

Free interpretive hike to historic Canyon City. Meet at the Miles Canyon suspension bridge at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., for a two-hour hike. No need to register. Rain or shine, dress appropriately. For more information contact the Yukon Conservation Society at 867-668-5678.

Shipyards Park, Whitehorse

Drop by between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to learn about Yukon parks and conservation initiatives, and win prizes! Hosted by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Yukon Chapter (CPAWS Yukon).

McIntyre Creek Park, Whitehorse

Free clinic with National Ski Team member Annah Hanthorn. Discover the year-round convenience and beauty of our parks and trails and get some fresh air and exercise. Meet at 1:30 p.m. (3 hours) a the Mt. McIntyre Recreation Centre parking lot. Bring running shoes, water bottle, and walking poles. Poles available for loan or purchase for $30 to participants who complete the clinic. For more information: Recreation and Parks Association of Yukon (RPAY), 867-668-2328.


 

Songbird Park/Millenium Trail, Whitehorse

Learn the basics of birding with Shyloh van Delft along Whitehorse's most popular trail. Meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Fish Ladder (1.5 hours). Bring your binoculars and clothes for the weather. Hosted by the Yukon Bird Club.

Monday, July 21


 

Tombstone Territorial Park

A full day of celebration at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre, km 71.5 Dempster Highway. Join a free guided hike up beautiful Goldensides Mountain at 10:00 a.m. Bring sturdy shoes, water, a snack and clothes for all weather. Bring your favourite camping dish to the BBQ and potluck at 6:00 p.m., then sing to the mountains at the music night at 7:00 p.m. Bring instruments, voice or a tasty treat to share! For more information: tombstonecentre@gmail.com. Hosted by Yukon Parks.

Want to host a Parks Day event?

Contact Yukon Parks for ideas and to include it here. You can also post event details to the nation-wide calendar at GOTparks.ca.

 


Resources


Parks Branch

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-4)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-5648
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5648
Fax: 867-393-6223

Email: yukon.parks@gov.yk.ca

 

 

 

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