Dog Sledding and Aurora Photography in the Yukon

This is an exciting dog sled tour filled with fun and adventure for the beginner musher. Spend your days mushing your own team through the pristine wilderness surrounding our home for the week. Relax in the evenings with a shower, sauna or snuggled up by the fire recounting your day's adventure with others on your tour, or better yet, stand with your new friends and witness the aurora dancing above the mountains in the night sky.

We do everything we can to ensure that this is your adventure of a lifetime and that you go home with many happy memories of your visit at our Ranch in the Mountains.

Dates and Price

Dates: November 26 to December 1, 2016

Price is $3195CAD plus 5% HST.

Deposit: $1000 and balance due before September 1, 2016

Tour Leader: Kevin Allen Pepper

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Friday

You arrive on your flight in Whitehorse and we will get you picked up by shuttle bus at the airport and taken to your hotel in downtown Whitehorse. We will get you settled and take you out for a Welcome dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Day 2 Saturday

The morning on the day of your tour you will picked up at 10AM in the hotel lobby. As a group we will do some last minute shopping and pick up any items missing from the packing list. Afterwards we drive to the mountains to our Ranch. We are located 20km South of Whitehorse where we outfit you with your expedition clothing if you need it. Enjoy a hot lunch and then be introduced to your 4 legged companions for the tour. Now you learn the basics of; dog care, checking their feet and shoulders, dog massage, sledding and parts of the sled.

Then its time to harness your team, hook up and go for your very first run into the meadows with your cameras! After taking care of the dogs, taking some photos of the kennels and puppies, we can enjoy the sauna, have a shower, hot dinner and cozy up by the fire.

If the skies open at night we can wander down to Fish Lake and watch the northern skies for your first opportunity to photograph the aurora from a frozen lake surrounded by foothills, framed by distant mountains.

Day 3 Sunday

While the morning sun lifts slowly over the magnificent horizon, we say good morning to our new canine friends and ensure they are fed, watered and happy. Then we sit in the comfort of our lodge dining room having breakfast and plan our day.

Today we cover approx. 35km in distance driving towards secluded Jackson Lake. The only sound will be the runners in the snow, the working dogs, and your words of encouragement.

This is the day that you begin to know each dog's personality and form a bond that only man and dog can understand. With every stop to take photos of the winter landscapes, we praise and show of affection for your dogs, they will learn to trust you and you to trust them.

Upon our return we will relax in our sod roof sauna before retiring for the night.

But if the skies open at night we can wander down to Fish Lake and watch the northern skies for an opportunity to photograph the aurora from a frozen lake surrounded by foothills, framed by distant mountains.

Overnight at our ranch in the mountains. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Monday

Today your team will pull you east of the ranch. As we climb in elevation we are heading onto an old abandoned mining road on McIntyre Mountain. Enjoy the rugged landscape of the coastal mountains nestling Fish Lake in its valley. Keep an eye out for wildlife - you never know what you might see!

Return to Sky High lodge for the night before taking in the sun setting over the mountains through your cameras. Take care of the dogs then curl up by the fire or sit around the dinner table recounting your adventures with others. There is a gravity fed shower waiting for you in the main lodge.

If the skies open at night we can wander down to Fish Lake and watch the northern skies for an opportunity to photograph the aurora from a frozen lake surrounded by foothills, framed by distant mountains.

Overnight at our ranch in the mountains. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Tuesday

This day takes us towards beautiful Bonneville Lakes, west of the ranch, high in the mountains. The trails are narrower here with some challenging ups and downs, but easy for any level of experience.

The scenery is breathtaking and the coastal mountains are always in view to the south and west. Part of the trip we are above tree line and easily cover 20-30km.

A breath of new life will creep slowly into your soul and in harmony with the running rhythm of your team you will enjoy nature like you have never experienced it before, both with your cameras and as you sit and listen to the silence of this pristine wilderness. Take it all in and these memories will go with you as you continue your journey home.

In late afternoon we drive you to Whitehorse where you spend your last night at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn.(B,L,D). Here you will receive your musher's diploma.

Day 6 Wednesday

Its departure day. After a group breakfast its time to head downtown and pick up some souvenirs for your loved ones back home, then, you will be taken to the airport as per your flight schedule, memory cards filled with winter landscapes and northern lights images, and your memories filled with sights and sounds that will leave an impression for a lifetime.

Details

Included: meals as outlined in the itinerary, international airfare, two nights’ accommodation in Whitehorse, three nights at a ranch in the mountains, winter boots if required, photography guidance, dog sledding.

Not Included: All expenses of personal nature, travelers insurance, Gratuity, Winter clothing rental of warm Northern Outfitters Jacket, Pants; $35/item, sleeping bag $45 each, mitts $20. This is payable upon arrival in cash or credit card if you need it.

Notes: We strongly advise that you purchase travel/cancellation insurance before traveling. This Dog sledding adventure is a challenging but relaxed fun trip! We supply you with the best equipment possible and teach you all the important aspects of mushing. To participate you must be healthy, enjoy working with dogs and have a good team spirit. Dog sledding is a comparable physical activity to cross-country skiing, so you should be in relatively good physical shape. The camps have no power or telephone, showers are of basic gravity fed nature and not available in tent camp. Shower and sauna at Lodge.

We point out, that unforeseeable circumstances such as weather conditions, wind chill factor, extreme temperatures (-30 or lower), condition of the group or illness of the dogs may force us to change this itinerary. The safety of our guests takes precedence and our decisions are final. You will be required to sign a "release of claims and waiver of liability form" prior to the departure of this tour.

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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