Visit the research forest

The Gunnar Nilsson and Mickey Lammers Research Forest is a 248-hectare plot named after 2 Yukon forestry pioneers.

The land has been used for research of Yukon forests since 1964. There are also:

  • hiking trails;
  • biking trails; and
  • a forestry themed playground.

The research forest is on the North Klondike Highway, just north of Whitehorse. It is 1 kilometre north of the Takhini River bridge. The turn off is to the left (west) right at the blue sign on the right (east) side of the road.

Download a brochure about the research forest.

Trails you can use

We have over 13 kilometres of signed trails at the research forest. They are open to the public. Hikers, bikers and skiers make use of our trails, benches and viewing areas. You can take a quick stroll or a long hike. There are also a 6-kilometre bike trail and a bike-skills park suitable for all ages.

View an interactive map of the research forest trails.

Download a map of the trails. You can pick up the map from the mailbox at the gate by the main entrance.

Geocaching

We have 10 educational geocaches along or near the trails. Register for a free geocaching account to find the coordinates of the caches.

Parking

There is a parking lot right at the turn off from the North Klondike Highway. From May to October, there is additional parking available at some trailheads. Check our map for details.

Pets

Pets are welcome. Please keep them on a leash and clean up after them. Poop bag dispensers and garbage bins are near the gate at the main entrance.

Using the research forest for education

As a teacher, you can use the forest for education on forest science and related disciplines. You and your students are welcome to visit the research forest on your own or with a forester. We offer tours from May to October. We also have educational information available. To learn more, email forestry@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-456-3999.

About the research at the forest

Throughout the forest, you will find signs detailing our research in the forest. Studies include:

  • forest productivity;
  • provenance trials;
  • community ecosystem project;
  • thinning trials;
  • assisted migration adaptation trial;
  • genetic trials; and
  • agriculture trials.