Photograph Canada’s Amazing Northern Lights and Wildlife
Yukon is full of rich living-history, unique geography, home to some of the most sought-after wildlife in the world, and more epic scenes than a Hollywood blockbuster. Yukon is also renowned as one of the best locations in the world to capture the spectacle of the northern lights. We have been traveling to the Yukon for almost a decade and know some of the best locations to help you translate all this visual eye candy into fantastic images.
You'll be guided on this adventure by Muench Workshops pros Kevin Pepper and Michael Strickland, both of whom have considerable experience in the region. Access to photographic opportunities will be unparalleled—we'll be traveling on foot, by car, on a snowmobile, and via dogsled to some of the most scenic landscape areas the Yukon has to offer. Because Yukon wildlife is exceedingly elusive, we've also arranged to get access to several iconic animals at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve under the guidance by 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 some extremely elusive animals.
Come join us to photograph Canada's Yukon—a larger than life experience!
January 10–16, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
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.
January 10, 2021: Arrive into Whitehorse (YXY airport code) at any time today. We will meet those arriving on the 3:00 PM flight at the airport. Once the group has arrived, 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. Overnight at the Westmark Hotel in Whitehorse.
January 11–12, 2021: These two days will be spent at a wildlife preserve, where you’ll be introduced to the many mammals that call the Yukon home. We will start each day with a presentation on wildlife photo techniques, then we’ll have the opportunity to photograph Canada lynx, thinhorn sheep, muskoxen, moose and caribou in winter settings. After the morning shoot, we will gather inside for a hot meal and a review of our images from the morning, then back out for more photography. In the evening, Kevin and Michael will hold editing sessions, and if the skies cooperate, we’ll look for northern lights.
January 13, 2021: If we’ve had a good night’s sleep, we will be heading north today to photograph sunrise around the frozen marshes of the Fox Lake area, then head back to Sky High Wilderness Ranch for a warm lunch. Afterwards, it’s time to hop on our snowmobiles and head out into the mountain ranges! This will give us the opportunity to photograph where very few people get to to go in winter. From high above Fish Lake, to the back country trails, we will stop frequently to take photos of some of the most spectacular winter scenes this area has to offer. After our dinner in Whitehorse we will once again keep our eye on the skies. If the weather and aurora forecast cooperate, we’ll go hunt down the aurora.
January 14, 2021: We’ll head out today to photograph the remote mountain landscapes of southern Yukon (departure time dependent on how late we were out the night before!).
January 15, 2021: Get ready for a “True North” adventure today—you’ll be running your own dog team through the back country landscapes of the Yukon! It’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. After lunch, you are in for another treat—a photo session from another perspective, shooting the professional sled dog mushers as they cross frozen Fish Lake with their teams. They’ll get up close and personal too, for some awesome action shots! After our day with the dogs we’ll be treated to a last home-cooked dinner in our remote mountain setting, and weather pending, we'll be out late again creating some final images of the aurora.
January 16, 2021: Our workshop concludes after breakfast. Flights home can be scheduled at any time today.
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double Occupancy Lodging (single available, just ask)
All meals and transportation during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews and post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Air transportation from your home to and from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature. Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Anything not listed as included.
Our Yukon workshops have been very popular, and always sell out. Space is limited, so if this photo workshop is calling to you, click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we’ll see you in The Yukon! Got questions?