Canada’s Amazing Wildlife and Northern Lights
February 26 – March 5, 2025
The Yukon is full of rich history and unique geography. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wildlife globally and more epic scenes than a Hollywood blockbuster. Yukon is renowned as one of the best locations in the world to capture the spectacle of the northern lights. We have been traveling to Yukon for a decade and know some of the best locations to help you translate all this visual eye candy into fantastic images.
Join us while we show you two great locations within the Yukon, the Whitehorse region and Tombstone Territorial Park, near the goldrush city of Dawson City. After 3 days in Whitehorse photographing wildlife and dogsledding, you’ll fly North to Dawson City. Then you’ll spend the following four days snowmobiling on the frozen Yukon River, and photographing Northern Lights in Tombstone Territorial Park.
Because Yukon wildlife is exceedingly elusive, we’ve also arranged for access to several iconic animals at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve under the guidance of trained wildlife guides.
This is the only captive wildlife experience that Muench Workshops offers and is a chance to hone your wildlife photography skills and come home with images of highly elusive animals.
Join us to photograph Canada’s Yukon—a larger-than-life experience!
About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
February 26, 2025: Arrive in Whitehorse at any time today. Once the group has arrived and settled into our Whitehorse hotel, we will go out for dinner at a local area restaurant. If the northern lights forecast is favorable, we will head out for a night of aurora hunting.
February 27, 2025: Today you’ll be introduced to the many mammals that call the Yukon home. We’ll begin the day with a presentation on wildlife photo techniques. Then we’ll drive to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph Canada lynx, thinhorn sheep, muskoxen, moose, and caribou in winter settings. After our day of wildlife photography in the preserve, we’ll meet and hold our image review to discuss techniques that worked and fix any that didn’t. We’ll finish the days with nice hot meals at our favorite restaurants.
February 28, 2025: We’ll visit the preserve again this morning until noon. Then we have a special opportunity for everyone to go dog sledding and you will be the driver, keeping the dogs in line with the others behind the first team up ahead on the trail.
This day will be very different. We drive to Sky High Ranch were everyone gets to dog sled, yes you will be the driver. You’ll learn to handle the dogs and stay on the trails in line with everyone else. The landscape is second to none, and be ready to photograph throughout the afternoon out on Fish Lake with the dogs going by and as well, the large snow covered mountains that surround it. After a day in the cold, we’ll have a hot meal in the nice warm yurt up at Sky High Ranch. If there’s a good chance for the lights we’ll spend some time waiting for them to show.
March 1, 2025: After a sleep-in, we’ll meet for breakfast and hold another image review. We’ll break to pack up and get ready for our flight to Dawson City for a change of scenery. The flight is a short 2 hours over the Yukon wilderness, where we’ll meet our outfitters to take us into Dawson City to our hotel. After checking in, we’ll discuss our plans for the remaining days up in the Tombstone Territorial Park. We’ll plan to spend time driving into the wildernss and capture the unnusual winter light during the daylight hours. We’ll also have access near town to visit many great locations to photograph Northern Lights.
March 2–4, 2025: We have three full days to spend in the Tombstone Wilderness, and visit many great Northern Lights location around town. The amazing quality of the light this time of year will be what we’re looking for, in a moutainous region amongst the peaks that rise over 4,000 feet above the Dempster Highway. We’ll spend the entire day out in the wilds, chasing all the light and visiting the known landscapes that look good. We’ll then make our way back to the hotel in Dawson City, have dinner and then prepare to visit one of many known location to capture the Northern Lights. We have a room large enough to conduct our image reviews, to poor over the work everyone will be producing during the down times between our shoots.
March 5, 2025: Our workshop concludes after breakfast. Flights home can be booked after 11:00 AM
Moderate: You must be able to stay outside and walk in snow in very cold conditions. You should be capable of staying out for long hours in the night
Arrive Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY), Whitehorse, Yukon anytime on February 26, 2025. Depart Dawson City Airport (YDA), Dawson City, Yukon after 11:00 AM on March 5, 2025. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,350 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- Internal flights during the workshop.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to Whitehorse, Yukon and from Dawson City, Yukon.
- Unscheduled airport transfers.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,350 supplement.
“Wayne is a gem! In addition to being a gifted photographer, he is a natural teacher. His passion for nature is contagious, he's infinitely patient and clearly cares about his students, wanting each of us to achieve our individual goals for the workshop. He's engaging and funny which makes learning much easier. ”
“This landscape was more than a winter wonderland. The trees and bushes were covered in glass-like frost.
This frozen landscape surrounded me in astounding beauty and mystical silence.
Seeing and photographing the Aurora was an emotional experience I didn’t expect. My photographs brought tears to my eyes. Never in my life did I ever dream of actually seeing such a phenomenon.
Going home to warm up. I’ve never been so cold in my life. Until we travel again. Stay well and keep the shutters clicking. Bonnie ”