Photograph Canada’s Amazing Northern Lights and Wildlife
UPDATE: As of March 20, 2019, this workshop is sold out. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list, and please do check out our other workshops. Thanks!
Calling all photographers who have always wanted to photograph the northern lights! The Yukon is one of the best locations in the world to capture the Aurora. It is here you will close your eyes and breathe in crisp Yukon air, smell spruce sap and the earthy scent of tundra, and listen for the excited howls of husky sled dogs. But the real magic happens when you open your eyes and drink in Yukon landscapes under dancing aurora borealis. Now after six years of running workshops in Northern Canada, we are able take a small group of photographers to focus on both the backcountry landscapes and wildlife.
This is the perfect workshop for someone that wants to focus on capturing once in a lifetime wildlife images as well as aurora images—over some of the most majestic landscapes Canada has to offer.
On this, and only this workshop, the wildlife we photograph is captive. Our wildlife photo shoots are custom tailored private photo shoots up close and personal with some of the most amazing animal species in Canada. We have exclusive access to get close to many of these animals at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Captive, yes, but we’re inside the fences for many of the shoots, and because this group is small it will also allow us to be flexible and photograph these animals in an intimate setting with backdrops of mountains and forests. This is a great place to practice and learn the skill of wildlife photography, and to prepare for our other wildlife photo workshops.
Our landscapes photo shoots of beautiful scenes of forests, streams, lakes, and mountains will be by car, by snowmobile, and by your very own dog sled team.
Come join Muench Workshops pros Kevin Pepper and Lisa LaPointe, and photograph in Canada's Yukon—a larger than life experience!
Whitehorse and Dawson,
Yukon Territory, Canada
January 19–25, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
January 19, 2020: Arrive Whitehorse (YXY airport code) anytime this day. For those that arrive on the 3:00 PM flight, we will meet you at the airport and the group will go for dinner at a local area restaurant. If the northern lights forecast is favorable, and the cloud forecast is good, you will have the opportunity to join us on a night of aurora hunting. We will be staying at the Westmark in Whitehorse.
January 20–21, 2020: For two days we want to take you on a wildlife bootcamp. Here, we want to introduce you to the many mammals that call Yukon home. You are in for a treat with some of the most exotic wildlife in North America. We will start each day with a presentation on wildlife photo techniques. After the presentation you will be taken to photograph animals such as Canada Lynx, Thinhorn sheep, Musk Oxen, Moose and Caribou in winter settings. After our morning sessions we will group inside and take a look at your images from the morning. After a hot meal we will head back out in the afternoon to return to the wildlife shooting. Each night Kevin will sit with you and help you edit the wildlife images you took during our mini wildlife bootcamp. If the skies cooperate, we will be out to photograph the northern lights in Southern Yukon.
January 22, 2020: If we had a good night’s sleep, we will be heading north today to photograph the sunrise around the frozen marshes and lakes in the Fox lake area. From here we will head back to Sky High Wilderness Ranch for a warm lunch. Then get ready for an exhilarating afternoon in the backcountry of the Yukon. Its time to hop on our snowmobiles and head out into the mountain ranges and photograph where very few people get to even see in the winter. From high above Fish Lake, to the back country trails, we will frequently stop and 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 co-operates, Kevin will be ready to go and hunt down the aurora.
January 23, 2020: Depending on how late we were out the night before, we will head out to spend the day in the Kluane National park area of the Yukon. Kluane is a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a photographer of all skill levels some dramatic landscapes and endless skies. The skies will dictate how long we are out today. Great light is our goal, and if the aurora shows high probability, we may stay in the area into the night.
January 24, 2020: Today is a day for the dogs. It’s time to learn how to run your own dog team through the back country landscapes of the Yukon. In the morning, we will meet our dog teams and take them on some fun excursions around frozen lakes and wooded settings. After your morning yelling, “Mush” we will head back to the heated lodge and have lunch and share the dog sled experience you will never forget. Then you are in for a treat after lunch. We will again spend the rest of the day with the dogs. But now the tables will turn. We have set up a special photo session with the professional sled dog mushers on frozen Fish Lake. You will be able to photograph the dog teams in front of mountains and cedar forests. They will even run right past us so you can photograph them up close and personal in full stride. After our day with the dogs we will be treated to a final home-cooked dinner in our remote mountain setting, so we are positioned in a great area to photograph northern lights in the mountains around Whitehorse. With good weather, we'll be out late and creating amazing images on our last night under the aurora.
January 25, 2020: After breakfast we'll say goodbye and today you can fly home anytime.
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on 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 during the workshop
All transportation during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from Kevin Pepper
Image reviews and post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Our Yukon workshops have been very popular, and always sell out. Space is limited, so if this photo workshop has your name on it, click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we’ll see you in The Yukon! Got questions?