Birds, plants, animals — and for sure there's porcupines

A hiker's paradise with trails that seemingly go everywhere. We live in a sprawling, sparsely populated city, with bears, mosquitoes, black flies, eagles, ravens and moose; lots of wetlands and steep slopes; a big river, streams, lakes, forests; and winter. When we're out walking, it really is more interesting to know what we're seeing. As we walk through the grocery store, we know where different food are located. As we walk down Main Street, we know what shops line the street. But when we walk along our favorite trail, how many different plants can we identify? What do we know about what we see? Walkers see more than other people in the outdoors because we move at a slower pace.

June 9, 2013. Page is being updated, links checked. I've merged my previous natural history and geology/geography pages and still need to clean this up. Need to get some stories about current science work.








Ecoregions of the Yukon Territory: Descriptions and scientific references about natural resources. We're in the Yukon Southern Lakes Ecoregion, in the Boreal Cordillera Ecozone.

Porter Creek Bench environmental and special places background has a number of local maps.

Yukon Geological Survey Geology dictates a lot of our walking. However, the language of geology is complicated. That said, the stories geology tells can make walking a much more satisfying experience. Please feel free to tell other sources of simple geology stories.


The city's 2004 Watershed Management Plan (p. 47 of the PDF), Figure 3-2: Watersheds in Whitehorse shows
- Yukon and Takhini rivers.
- Nine-mile, Little Takhini, Macauley, Tavern, Porter, McIntyre, Marwell, Canyon, Copper, Basalt, McRae, Sowdon, Wolf, Cowley and Croucher creeks.
- Long, Schwatka, Hidden Lakes, Chadden, Chadburn, Hidden, Ice, McLean, Mary, Snowdon lakes.

Yukon River
It flows about 2000 miles to the sea. Draining an area of more than 330,000 square miles, the Yukon River is the fourth largest drainage basin in North America. It divides the City into two big pieces; most of the city's development has taken place on the larger western side of the river.
We could make a Yukon River Corridor Trail if we chose.

Real-time hydrometric data map search : Whitehorse, Yukon River station

Ducks Unlimited created
What is a wetland?
Teaches about 5 kinds of wetlands: bogs, fens, marshes, shallow open water and swamps.

City of Whitehorse created:
- Whitehorse: A City of Creeks Why creeks and their adjacent riparian zones are important parts of our natural ecosystem.
- Wetlands in Whitehorse Although wetlands make up only about 3% of the city, they play an important role in the ecological well-being of the city’s natural areas.

Water data catalogue, water resources branch, Government of Yukon

Why rivers curve.

Wolf Creek Research Basin, YT

Weather, sky

In the winter, the land changes. Wetlands and many water bodies become passable on foot. Rough terrain becomes smoother, particularly as snow gets deeper.


Mosquitoes. Scary stuff. But if you're out there walking, then you've gotta be wondering about these ferocious things attacking you! As one commenter said "Freaking fascinating, but so gross at the same time. A giant, twisty, sucky mouth is all I will think about when I see a mosquito on me now. Ew."

Museums, intepretation

Yukon Museum Guide

Hougen Group of Companies: History