A few miles out into the rural area surrounding Whitehorse will take you to some of the neatest places in the area; one of those places is the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.
We got to experience the fun of seeing some animals that had been on our 'trip bucket list' and were unlikely for us to have seen them in the wild. This includes Caribou (which we finally DID see on the Alaska Highway as well) and Musk oxen -- which we would have never seen on our route otherwise!
Other than those rare wildlife sightings, we felt like Stouffer filmmakers while viewing the lynx enclosure, since there were kittens with the mother and they were actively vocalizing and playing. Even though there was a chainlink fence between us, it seemed like a truly magical wild moment. This is something we'll likely never experience again, so it was amazing to share with our son.
The naturalist aboard the bus gives full narration of the five kilometer loop, and would have been a treat to listen to. Unfortunately, after days in the car, our son opted for walking (which led to us carrying him on our shoulders...) The park is completely walk-able, but I think you miss a bit since there aren't really interpretive signs around the grounds, just placards that tell you what mammal should be living in that particular fenced in area.
This is beyond a "zoo" experience -- if you want close encounters and some truly wild memories without the crowds, waiting or steep prices, this is a place for you! The little gift shop has some great coffee roasted and packaged for the Preserve that we recommend highly as well!
Disclosure: We received complimentary admission to the preserve. All opinions are honest and are our own. Thank you!