Aurora, Canadian Wildlife, Landscapes and More with Debbie Dicarlo
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Dates: September 7th – September 12th, 2018
Leaders: Chris Pepper and Debbie DiCarlo
Price: $3995 CDN plus 13% taxes ($3175 USD. Please check actual USD conversion at time of booking)
Deposit: $1000 CDN
The Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada, is wild, mountainous, covered by a vast coniferous boreal forest and a network of glacier-fed alpine lakes and rivers. In this sparsely populated area we will begin our journey - travelling along the southern reaches of the Yukon, and into northern British Columbia to photograph wildlife, mountain landscapes, beautiful fall colors, and the night sky emblazoned with spectacular Northern Lights.
Our forays each day and night will take us to the best locations for amazing photography. Chances are great that after you first experience the Northern Lights dancing all around you and reflecting in quiet lakes, you may say that you’ve already gotten your money’s worth from this trip!
Day One: You will arrive at the Whitehorse Airport (YXY) and be greeted by Debbie and Chris. We recommend arriving as early as possible on this day. We will travel around the Whitehorse area where we will search for wildlife and visit some iconic locations where snow covered mountains reflecting in quiet lakes provide our lenses with welcoming photos. In the early afternoon we will check into our hotel in Whitehorse and have a welcome meeting – going over the itinerary and any expectations for the week ahead. Free time to explore the Whitehorse area follows. We will keep our eyes on the aurora forecast tools and in the evening head out to an amazing lake location if the conditions are right. Bucket list item checked off! (Meals on own)
Day Two: After an early breakfast at our hotel we head out to photograph a pristine lake at sunrise – capturing that first glow of light that hits the mountains in the background. Next we visit a wildlife preserve that is home to over a dozen species of northern Canadian mammals in their natural environment. Our private tour allows for behind the scenes photo opportunities of species such as Canadian Lynx, Red Fox, Caribou, Moose, Musk Ox, Bison and much more. Here we will work on techniques that will prepare us for wildlife we may encounter while traveling to wildlife-rich areas. Dinner in Whitehorse followed by some much needed rest (and battery charging) before heading out for another night of aurora borealis. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day Three: After breakfast we are off to the southwest part of the Yukon. Our drive along the Alaskan Highway is not only picturesque but offers opportunities to stop to photography wildlife. Deer, Elk and Coyote are common animals seen from the road in the fall months. Our destination is Kluane National Park, where you will witness glacier-fed lakes surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in the St. Elias range. We will stop along the way to photograph many different mountains, rivers and lakes. Going off the beaten path allows us a unique glimpse into areas not typically seen by visitors to Yukon. Once in our destination of Haines Junction, we will be greeted by stunning views of a beautiful mountain range right from the front door of our hotel!
After dinner and a short rest, we head out to photograph the Northern Lights from a little known, secluded area. Our location will have us shooting across a lake with mountains in the background. The area is protected by a tree line that keeps the wind down, greatly enhancing the possibility of reflections. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day Four: We get an early start to the day to photograph mirror lake reflections with snow peaked mountains. On our way, we will drive through low-lying marsh areas where moose are often seen along with surreal fog, low pines and mountain backdrops. On our drive south into British Columbia, we will pass through some amazing landscapes - tundra, barren lands, small trees and rocky mountains. But just as quickly, and over one hill we will be back into boreal forest with snow peaked mountains. This area has been quite successful in past trips for spotting wildlife such as moose, black bear with cubs, northern hawk owls, grizzly bear and coyotes.
Dinner will be en route back to Whitehorse at an area restaurant that has been serving locals and travelers for many years. After a brief rest and time to charge our camera batteries, we head back out for another night of long exposures with lake reflections and Lady Aurora. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day Five:After breakfast we head south, down the South Klondike Highway, between Whitehorse and Skagway. Carcross, home of the World’s Smallest Desert and the great beach of Lake Bennett is our destination. The population of Carcross is about fifty percent Native and fifty percent Non-Native. Tourism is a very important component of their economy.
Our travels then take us to Atlin, British Columbia. This small town is truly unique, surrounded by aquamarine glacial lakes and impressive mountain peaks. Although Atlin is located in northern British Columbia, the only access road is through the Yukon. Along the way we will photograph pristine lakes and a series of gorgeous waterfalls.
Once back at the hotel, everyone has a decision to make – stay in and get some sleep before your departure the next day, or head out for a farewell photoshoot with the magical Lady Aurora, (returning to the hotel with plenty of time to prepare for your departing flight). (Breakfast and dinner included)
Included: Lodging, transportation, all breakfasts and dinners, snacks and water during the day.
Not Included: International airfare, daily lunches if you wish to eat, alcohol, items of personal nature, gratuities, laundry, anything not listed as included.
A minimum of 6 photographers to a maximum of 10 photographers on this workshop