A half hour drive outside of Whitehorse in the Yukon is the Wildlife Preserve where visitors can walk through the property and get up close, but not too personal, with Canadian wildlife — including elk, buffalo, mountain goats, deer, and all types of big cats. At the highest point on the trail, you can see into the untouched wilderness. Despite being the end of May, there was still snow on the mountains and chill in the air.
Eleven species of northern mammals live in distinct, varied boreal habitats here, from little guys like snowshoe hares and arctic foxes to bigger ones like bison and caribou. A perennial favorite remains the Canadian lynx, which has long ear tufts, a flared ruff and a bobbed, black-tipped tail. Note its unusually large paws, which act like snowshoes in deep drifts! Visitors can walk or ski four- or eight-kilometer (two-and-a-half- or five-mile) trails. Not feeling so active? Hop the bus tour, which lasts 75 to 90 minutes.