Whitehorse, Canada's wilderness walking trail city

Just want to walk? LOOP WALKING TRAILS, 100+ walks, 100s kms of trails to tempt locals and tourists.

WhitehorseWalks works to make walking more attractive, more intriguing, to get more people out on the trails. The Hepburn Tramway is a recent whitehorseWalks project (Small addendum page).

Yukon Walking Strategy looks at walking for recreation, health, tourism, education.... and Ideas to improve walking is a list of opportunities for better walking here, and walking ideas for active elders

Third & Hawkins, a 6-story, 20-suite, green condo

November 14, 2018. A brochure about our Third & Hawkins project.

July 19, 2018. A walker's delight... Third & Hawkins presents a new choice in downtown condo living for Whitehorse. I've been working with a few others to build this project in the walkable, residential, south end of downtown. A very energy efficient building, it'll be bright, spacious, have great views — and, we just signed the construction contract! We can't wait to move in. Units still available.


November 19. 2018. Pedestrian & Bike Underpass of Alaska Highway?

November 17, 2018. Attention Whitehorse: shovel your sidewalks YES!!

November 14, 2018. Can local walking groups help solve urban issues? Dutch cities are using wijkwandelingen, or neighbourhoods walks, as a hyperlocal way of improving cities, from fixing signs to adding playgrounds

October 24, 2018. Elections are over. What does this mean to walking? Young couples 'trapped in car dependency'

The city that gives you free beer for cycling This is how the Italian city of Bologna is getting people to leave their cars behind.

October 22, 2018. CMBC has been at work in the WCCSC trail area to make winter use of the city trails safer and more acessible. The area around Rocky Canyon, Collective, Lichen it and Birch is undergoing some work. Thanks all! I've made a new loop-in-progress that takes advantage of new trail abilities. It isn't entirely usable, yet, for winter use as it goes on ski trails in a few spots, but it works until snow flies! Its working name is WK+PJL's Choice, 12 km. (Right: Blue Moon on Collective bridge doing this loop yesterday.)

October 16, 2018. Middle McIntyre Brown, 4.0 km updated with a 1.1 km option

October 14, 2019. Fun read on Paul's thinking behind some of our local trails: GNAR WALL story of a build 2016-2018.

Hear more about trail ideas as CMBC has a trail planning session: Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Grey Mountain Primary School Library

October 9, 2018. In the Kingdom of the Bears The human-bear bond is ancient, but across the northern hemisphere, only a few societies remember the art of neighboring bears

October 1, 2018. The parks where kids (and their parents) walk and read at the same time

September 22, 2018. What would a truly walkable city look like? if we fail to accommodate those on foot, we ignore an essential part of what makes a city great

The UK walking charity Living Streets says ... cities with ambitions for pedestrians should appoint a walking champion, alongside tougher moves to tackle air pollution and reduce motor traffic volumes...

It's an election year, and a current study is a parking study.... Hmmm! Ask your candidates what their vision is for walking. More parking lots, bigger roads so people can drive downtown quicker?

September 17, 2018. It’s fascinating, the things you see when you’re out on foot

September 10, 2018. Exploring Spook Creek in Whitehorse, Yukon

August 31, 2018. 'I feel safer on a trail than at the store': hiking is my escape from sexual harassment After a terrifying experience with stalking, I resent that I’m safer backpacking in the woods than I am in the place I live

August 26, 2018. Always a thing to be aware of.... bear encounters, by wildwise Yukon

August 23, 2018. Urban walking isn’t just good for the soul. It could save humanity. I’m exaggerating, but only slightly. Understanding how cities are put together is vital, given more than half of us live in them

July 31, 2018. 'Bad things happen in the woods': the anxiety of hiking while black

July 30, 2018. Walking in Whitehorse (2018): playgrounds, public right-of-ways, trails+names, viewpoints, motorized trails...

Best foot forward: the world's most striking pedestrian bridges

July 27, 2018. Here's some wheelchair/walker/stroller-style places to go. I'll work more on this but here's a start.

July 17, 2018. Residents in tourism hotspots have had enough. So what's the answer? Tourism brings money and jobs to cities – but can also damage residents’ day-to-day lives, culture and heritage. Here are some solutions...

July 3, 2018. People not getting enough exercise from long walks Strengthening and balance activities are vital for future wellbeing, says Public Health England

July 1, 2018. Happy Reckless Raven day! We did our Cheer on the Ravens Hike. The Ravens ran the big loop!

June 23, 2018. What the happiest places have in common Citizens’ wellbeing is often the result of careful planning—not serendipity.

June 18, 2018. We designed Canada's cities for cars, not people – and the people are dying. Toronto’s latest toll of cyclists and pedestrian deaths is hardly unique – cities all bought the myth that cars give us freedom

June 8, 2018. A simple trick to help you identify any insect. This knowledge will help you figure out the bug's order — which is a major clue to determining its species

June 4, 2018. Foreign tourists to pay double to use New Zealand's great walks

March 30, 2018. Here's my submission to the City Trail Development Policy process

Draft: Yellow Green BoogaLOOP, 4.6 which our ElderActive group hiked on Tuesday and quite liked.

March 27, 2018. What counts as 'real' city planning? The traditional canon of urban planning excludes people and practices that could greatly benefit it—and society. That needs to change. "It is time to recognize that our shared identity as planners is based on privileging the contributions of certain individuals and groups over others."

March 25, 2018. Meet the man living with Alzheimer’s who climbs the same mountain every day

March 15, 2018. Here's my submission to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan process.

March 14, 2015. Beyond shared-use trails

March 9, 2018. draft new loop: Lower BugaLOOP, 6.1 km

February 28, 2018. Liberals' gender-based budget moving on equality in sports A 2016 study by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport found 41 per cent of girls aged three to 17 do not participate in sport — and 84 per cent of adult women don't either. Yes, but they walk, and walking isn't consider a sport (non-competetive). So gender-based support would include things like making trails more attractive for walking groups, especially seniors: switchbacks, trail repair, high-quality trail markings...

February 26, 2017. Here's a short loop with variety: Yellow Brick Road-El Camino-My Trail.

January 16, 2018. Walking Portugal's coastal Rota Vicentina trail (Porto Covo to Cape St.Vincent). Nine Days/165 kms. Whitehorse Public Library downstairs meeting room,
Tues. Jan. 23, 2018, 7:15 p.m. Free. More: www.activetwa.org and at www.rotavicentina.com

January 11. Yukoners invited to help the Government of Yukon and the City of Whitehorse improve public engagement ...what we can do to better engage with the public and help us to become more accountable, transparent and responsive.

January 6, 2018. How to survive a fall through the ice

January 5, 2018. How ‘Not in my backyard’ became ‘Not in my neighborhood’ The expectation that homeowners should be able to reach beyond their property lines has become deeply embedded.

When we travel I really like to walk well designed paths done in rock. So Johnny Clasper carefully places stones to create amazing works of art is a great look at rock and design.

December 31, 2017. How to cultivate awe with a walking meditation

December 14, 2017. Another neat map http://jillhubley.com/project/wildfires/map/

December 11, 2017. Not really walking but very mesmerizing. Simulation shows swirling of smoke, sea salt, and dust around the world

November 30, 2017. WCCSC trail use info; and more here

November 25, 2017. New city map reveals snowy side of Edmonton's river valley Find out where to skate, toboggan, access a washroom and which paths are cleared of snow.

October 11, 2017. 'Paying to stay safe': why women don't walk as much as men A study shows in most countries, women walk significantly fewer steps each day than men. Talia Shadwell hears from people all over the world saying the same thing: it’s down to personal safety, not laziness

September 26, 2017. Walkable cities are better for our health and economy

September 17, 2017. A few new loops at LOOP WALKING TRAILS

September 8, 2017. Interested in keeping our Airport Perimeter Trail? Read the Robert Service Way planning study and take the survey: But first, look at my draft Submission and Maps, walking feedback for the study.

August 30, 2017. Museum of walking

August 24, 2017. Middle-aged told to walk faster

August 19, 2017. Here's a nice new loop, great for fall colours: Log Trail views, about 5.6 km between Chadburn Lake and the Yukon River.

August 10, 2017. Robert Service Way... industrial wasteland or a key walking connector area for Downtown, Riverdale, above-the-airport neighbourhoods, Whitehorse South neighbourhoods, and especially for active recreation tourism values. Public input time is short — we only have until September 10 to influence this important city process.

August 5, 2017. Daily walking is the best anti-aging prescription

July 26, 2017. Here’s why every capitalist should connect with nature. I’ll tell you what others won’t. An appreciation of the natural world could save you – and us – a lot of money 

June 24, 2017. Nature Therapy Is a Privilege. Science is learning more about the health benefits of going outside—at a time when access to wild spaces is ever-more unequal.

June 20, 2017. Interesting picture about linear travel.

June 18, 2017. A fun place to spend some time: Plantwatch.

June 14, 2017. A set of walks starting at the Visitor Reception Centre. These are all over 10 km This is a draft idea still.

June 13, 2017.  Running in circles: a trip around the Isle of Wight Chalky cliffs, curry and camping … Martin Love finds there’s much to discover on a run along the island’s 66-mile coastal path

Though we were running this race, the majority of our fellow entrants were hikers. Endurance walking is a growing area for “weekend challengers” and they hoped to circle the island in one shot, going through the night. Like hares and tortoises, most would beat us, but by the end they were like zombies, stumbling towards the finish line, their unblinking eyes fixed on the horizon as they stumbled ever onwards.

June 12, 2017. I posted my submission to the planning folk after our day of meetings on the future of Downtown and Marwell.

June 8, 2017.  Wildwise Yukon: One of our key objectives is to reduce the number of instances where animals are relocated or eradicated due to negative encounters with people. Together, we can work towards creating a safe, healthy environment for people and wildlife in the Yukon.

May 25, 2017. What would happen if you got lost In the woods?

May 20, 2017. Walking Book Club

T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison: Walking as a revolutionary act of self-care and Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

May 15, 2017. For this weeks Elderactive walk I put together this 4.2 km walk: Hepburn Tramway - Escarpment Trail loop.

May 14, 2017. I updated the draft set of walks > 10km starting and ending at the Visitor Reception Centre. I also updated the downtown walking opportunities map and the map key.

May 8, 2017. Trail things change a lot so I've updated the downtown walking opportunities map. I've also updated the draft set of walks > 10km starting and ending at the Visitor Reception Centre adding in a walk to the college.

May 5, 2016. Continuing to solve making a better experience for this Canadian Volksport Federation walk, I've a draft set of walks > 10km starting and ending at the Visitor Reception Centre. It's based on the map in the April 23, 2017 post below.

May 3, 2014. Jane's Walk coming up...cancelled. Plans for making the trail at Miles Canyon more suitable for a broader group have fallen through. For now, there's a section that requires a bit of tricky hiking. Email me if you want to walk the trail and I'll happily arrange this at other times.

April 24, 2016. Active living research. And, Eight qualities of pedestrian- and transit-oriented design

April 23, 2017. There's planning happening downtown. DT-walking has an overview page of walking things to consider to get a vibrant downtown.

April 22, 2017. The walks give clarity': how Wales hike helped PM decide on next step “The body reacts to this pause. It has worked for me when I have been having a particularly hectic time – I go out for a walk – and things become clearer. It is the combination of physical exertion and being in this landscape – it focuses you."

April 19, 2017. One of my goals is to pick a walk to replace this Canadian Volksport Fereration walk with something nicer. Their rating page suggest to me a 4C-level walk would be nice. I've made a candidate, starting and ending at the Visitor Reception Centre. Next is to try it out. Can I add more scenic spots? a few more hills? Maybe bring it to 15 km, or even 20? Then I'll try interpreting it and thinking of a name and ensuring it's well waymarked so visitors can't get lost. Then I'll figure out how to get it accepted as one of their Permanent Trails.

April 18, 2017.There's a lot happening downtown. There's a lot to know and I made an overview page called DT-walking. This set of planning covers a LOT of ground. I've mapped things to consider to get a vibrant downtown.

April 3, 2017. "Friday will be the second hike on my quest to Walk the Waterfront from Port Credit to Ajax. I expect it will take about 10 hikes to complete, hopefully in May and June, then Sept through November, in 10 or more stages. I'll keep track on my Toronto Cycling map, highlighting the trail as we complete the sections." Darlene McKee. This is what we can do with various hikes here in Whitehorse, like the Yukon River Trail, the Reckless Raven Ultra....

April 2, 2017. How to increase your walking speed

March 26, 2017. Walking in the woods is also about health. "Brain fatigue" and the best thing to do on a practice break

March 24, 2017. On Monday Mayor and Council will be voting on a proposal to build a quarry at Miles Canyon. Here's a backgrounder, Building a quarry at Miles Canyon, about why I think this should be voted down. See more about the Hepburn Tramway.

March 19, 2017. What's better exercise: biking or walking?

March 10, 2017. The Camino experience: March 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Hidden Valley School; Dianne Homan, Yukon chapter of the Company of Canadian Pilgrims

March 5, 2017. This Is Your Brain on Nature Urban green space is a balm for all sorts of stuff. In a new book, The Nature Fix, Florence Williams makes the case for why we should all be spending more time outside.

March 4, 2017. City Council is hosting a series of Town Hall meetings for residents of the City of Whitehorse, to improve understanding of the unique issues affecting neighbourhoods and hear directly from residents about the issues affecting you. April 4-19. Let council know how important walking is. If you have an opportunity, lobby for making the Hepburn Tramway a Historical walk.

February 27, 2017. Behind the scenery: The subtle art of crafting public wilderness trails

Standards and guidelines for the conservation of historic places in Canada

February 18, 2017. "Alberta Walkability Roadshow" research missed the big picture and won't get people to walk more. Walking is a many-facetted activity: recreation, transportation, health, friendship, activity, fun. According to this article, whitehorsewalks.com is on the right track I think.

February 6, 2017. Reckless Raven Yukon 50 Mile Ultra.Web: recklessraven.runforlife.ca: Draft route; Trail description

February 4, 2017. Walking School Bus or, here's another approach: Safe routes to school walking maps

January 30, 2017. Step by step, schools push to get kids walking At Brampton's Eagle Plains school, a "Walk Whatever the Weather" campaign aims to get as many kids as possible out of the car and onto the sidewalk.

January 28, 2017. Walking in Whitehorse: playgrounds, public right-of-ways, trails, viewpoints, trail names, motorized trails... an update to this big city-wide map

Saul Alinsky wrote in Rules for Radicals that protest and activism is supposed to be loads of fun for the protesters. If you're not enjoying yourself, you're doing it wrong. Whitehorsewalks.com is fun. I get to think, to scheme and to walk.

January 22, 2017. Northern Neglect The cities of the Canadian Arctic are contending with decades-old planning mistakes that ignored indigenous settlement patterns and knowledge.

"Yet contemporary urban planning in the North has veered to another extreme, one of efficiency and expediency, leading to piecemeal development. As northern cities continue to grow, they tend toward a suburban density defined by subdivisions and large lots, wide gaps between buildings, and an ambiguous public realm. Many town plans propose subdivisions tethered to the city by single roads, contributing to a sense of sprawl and a fragmented urban fabric heightened by isolation from major infrastructural networks."

January 12, 2017. How to perform self-rescue if you fall through the ice

Finding Joy in Urban Winters The Danish concept of hygge, or coziness, offers a blueprint. There's a new level of collaboration among cold cities, as well. In early 2017, Edmonton will host Winter Cities Shakeup, a conference for leaders and placemakers from snowy cities to compare notes.

"It's a whole emphasis on everyday life," says Susan Holdsworth, Edmonton's WinterCity coordinator. "We know festivals are great, but we want to make sure the everyday life experience in winter is also great. It's not just great once you get to Silver Skate or Flying Canoe. It's great when you're on your way to work or at your lunch hour."

January 4, 2017. Walk like a penguin to avoid slipping on ice, German doctors advise Advice to walk leaning forward so centre of gravity is on front leg comes as Germany braces for plummeting temperatures

January 3, 2017. Why quality of place matters Cultural amenities like parks and museums attract young talent to big cities. But how do they work for smaller cities or older people? Can quality-of-place strategies aid in building stronger, more economically vibrant communities, or are they a fad and a waste of money?

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