Yukon in the winter for northern lights and mountains

A Taste of Yukon

Workshop is from March 29, 2015 to April 2, 2015

Included:
Airport pick-up and drop-off, Accommodation, Breakfast and Dinner on day 2, 3, 4 and dinner on day 1, breakfast on day 5, Daily transportation via an 8 passenger Suburban or equivalent. Hot drinks and snacks during aurora viewing nights.

Not Included:
Alcoholic beverages, International flights, Items of personal nature, Items not listed as included

Day One
We'll welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in downtown Whitehorse just 10 minutes from the airport. We will get you checked in and you can check out downtown Whitehorse before we grab some dinner where we will go over the itinerary over a group setting. There, we will present a slide show and give you tips on photographing in the environments that we are about to shoot in.

For those that are up for it, we will do an aurora hunt over one of Yukon still water or frozen lakes with mountain backgrounds and dancing lights that offer you the opportunity to give you that photo opportunity of a lifetime.

Dinner included

Day Two

Transfer by van to our destination for the day... a dog kennel outside of Whitehorse. Here you'll learn how to harness the adorable dogs and hitch them to the sled. The highlight of this excursion will be when you'll run your own dog team for approximately 4-5 hours.

Imagine sledding across a frozen river topped with untouched snow on a perfectly clear winter day in the Takhini Valley. It has a profound effect on the human soul. You are surrounded by low-lying mountain ranges where the only sound you hear is your dog team, running at a modest pace as they love to do, and perhaps the call of an eagle or a raven nearby. Your photo opportunities of the scenery and the dog teams will be endless.

Includes transfers, instruction, use of dogs and sled (two guests per dog sled) and hot drinks.

If the skies are clear after dinner we will take a drive to the vast countryside for some night photography and hopefully some time with the aurora.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day Three
After a later breakfast  we will depart for Kluane National Park for landscape photographic opportunities of the Yukon Mountains and lakes. On the way we stop regularly to allow you the opportunity to take photos of the beautiful landscape. Once we reach Kluane we can go for a short hike.

The 22 000 square kilometer Kluane National Park is set like a jewel in the southwestern corner of the Yukon between northeastern British Columbia and the tidewaters of the Alaskan panhandle. Much of the park's 129 kilometer northern boundary is made up of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Road. The Alsek River, known for its big water rapids created by the tremendous volume of water it drains from the St. Elias Mountains, is so swift it appears that native people have entirely avoided using it for travel or trade routes.

Upon our return we will group together for a few hours going through your images to make sure you get some classroom time editing. After an early dinner we will get picked up and taken to our night of aurora viewing.

To the north an eerie, sulfurous-green sheen begins to ripple into the night sky.  It arcs itself into an ebb and flow, slowly growing, then suddenly bursts across the full expanse of the night sky waving and dancing as if it were happy.  It’s the spectacular and mystical Northern Lights and viewings such as the one above are common in the Yukon.

Northern Lights viewing activities take place outside the city.  A heated, cozy cabin or wall tent is available for your comfort.  Hot drinks and snacks are provided.

We will get picked up at our hotel at 9:30 pm. We'll then drive for about 25 minutes to the heated viewing facility out of town to avoid the disturbing lights of the city (light pollution). At the viewing site we offer hot drinks and snacks. There will be a campfire outside as well for you to sit around, roast marsh mallows and enjoy the quiet and clear winter night and of course the breathtaking Aurora Borealis displays. At around 2:00 am we will return you to your hotel.

Breakfast and Dinner included

Day Four
We start our day headed to the wildlife preserve in order to give you a guaranteed opportunity to photograph many of the animals that inhabit Yukon. Species include, arctic fox, elk, caribou, bison and moose. The wildlife preserve will give you the opportunity to walk around and photograph these animals in a natural setting.

After our time at the wildlife preserve we will head out for a photo hunt for animals in the wild. Last year we saw big horned sheep and caribou during our drive south of Whitehorse.

We will group together for snacks and spend a few hours going through your images to make sure you get some classroom time editing. After an early dinner we will get picked up and taken to our night of aurora viewing.

At night its another special night of Northern Lights viewing activities outside the city.  A heated, cozy cabin or wall tent is available for your comfort.  Hot drinks and snacks are provided.

We will get picked up at our hotel at 9:30 pm. We'll then drive for about 25 minutes to the heated viewing facility out of town to avoid the disturbing lights of the city (light pollution). At the viewing site we offer hot drinks and snacks. There will be a campfire outside as well for you to sit around, roast marsh mallows and enjoy the quiet and clear winter night and of course the breathtaking Aurora Borealis displays. At around 2:00 am we will return you to your hotel.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day Five

We will transfer to the airport for your flight home.

all details here... http://northof49photography.com/2015-yukon-workshop

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com