November

9 DAYS

YUKON & ALASKA

CANADA & USA

STARTING AT

$4,300

In unique locations, WILD EXPOSURE takes you to meet the magnificent Dall sheep in the Yukon and bald eagles in Alaska.

Few animals are as well adapted to altitude and temperature conditions as bighorn sheep (a.k.a. Dall sheep). Come November, the snow bank gathering on the elevations force bighorn sheep to leave their summer pastures and move down to sunnier and windier slopes. It is in this environment, at the entrance of Kluane National Park, that we will be able to approach them and photograph their virtually pure white coats. It will also mark the beginning of the mating season, an ideal time for wildlife photographers because the Dall sheep will be concentrated on mating and thus, less distrustful of onlookers.

A short distance away, in early fall and winter, food becomes scarce in the southeast region of Alaska, except for a small area of a dozen kilometers along the Chilkat River, located north of Haines, The late run of chum and coho salmon and the warm groundwater springs that prevent the river from freezing provide plenty of food, making the river an ideal spot for birds. This late salmon migration occurs after all the North American west coast runs are over. This is why bald eagles in the thousands gather here. The local Chilkat River population of bald eagles goes from about 400 to several thousand during this period!

Dall Sheep

Themes

  • Dall sheep
  • Bald eagles
  • Northern wildlife (moose, lynx, wolves, ptarmigans, hares, etc…)
  • Northern Lights
  • Winter scenery (mountains, boreal forest, frozen lakes, etc…)

Details

2020


Please contact us for more details on future dates.

All tour prices are per person based on double occupancy and quoted in Canadian dollars.
  • English/French guide
  • All accommodations in double occupancy
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • On-the-spot transfers and transportation
  • Shooting tips on the location and Lightroom image processing
  • Meals marked “free” in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • International & National flights and airport taxes
  • Personal purchases
  • Travel assistance and cancellation insurance
  • Visas for Canada and the United States
  • Excursions not mentioned in itinerary (admission to museums, swimming pools, etc.)
  • Warm and/or waterproof clothing (rentals available locally; contact us for more information)

Average temperatures

-5°C to -30°C daytime

Day light hours

12 hours

EASY TO MODERATE

For the Sheep portion of the trip: Be prepared to hike on moderate to steep slopes and uneven terrain. Bring along stiff soled hiking boots in spring and insulated winter boots for fall/winter.

For the Eagle portion of the trip: The eagles are stretched out along the river and you should be able to walk several hundred meters a day to take advantage of all the great photo opportunities along the way. The physical fitness level required for this trip portion is basic.

If you have any mobility issues, please contact us to discuss.

Lieu de Depart & Retour

Aéroport international Erik-Nielsen de Whitehorse

Bald Eagle landing in snowstorm

Itinerary*

Whitehorse

Welcome at the airport in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon, and transportation to tour hotel downtown. The rest of the day is yours to do as you like. – relax at the hotel to rest after your flight, get over jet lag or go out and visit the City of Whitehorse, We have a program to offer you based on your areas of interest: museums, shopping or a stroll along the Yukon River.

Lunch libre (si vous arrivez dans la matinée) / Dîner et Nuit à l’Hôtel

Whitehorse – Kluane National Park

After breakfast, we take the famous Alaska Highway to go to Kluane National Park. Eighty percent of the Park consists of mountains and glaciers. This Park also boasts the highest mountain in Canada, Mount Logan at 5959 metres! We will familiarize ourselves with the weather conditions which can already be frigid at that time of year. and approach our first Dall sheep.
We spend the night at a beautiful lodge near the Village of Haines Junction and located at the entrance of Kluane National Park. If the sky is clear and the sun with us, we will perhaps begin our night under the Northern Lights.

Free breakfast / Picnic and snacks / Dinner at the lodge / Night at the lodge

Kluane National Park

Second day spent with bighorn sheep. We will try to capture their mating behaviour in the snow-covered landscape of Kluane Lake.
At day’s end, return to the lodge and the opportunity to enjoy and photograph the Northern Lights.

Breakfast at the lodge / Picnic and snacks / Dinner at the lodge / Night at the lodge

Kluane National Park – Haines (Alaska)

Departure from Kluane National Park for Haines, in Alaska. The drive allows us to discover the park’s boundaries, including several majestic sites such as Lakes Kathleen and Deazadesh. We briefly travel through the alpine scenery of the Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in northeastern British Columbia to soon reach the Alaskan border. We will stop along the Chilkat River to photograph our first bald eagles. Once the sun goes down, we take possession of our hotel rooms.

Breakfast at the lodge / Picnic and snacks / Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Haines (Alaska)

These two days will be devoted to observing and taking shots of bald eagles feeding on salmon along the Chilkat River. We may also explore new scenic areas skirting the coastal rainforest.

Free breakfast / Picnic and snacks / Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Haines – Kluane National Park

After spending the morning with the bald eagles, we will hit the road again to return to the Kluane National Park for another go at the Dall sheep, and the Northern Lights after nightfall.

Free breakfast / Picnic and snacks / Dinner at the lodge / Night at the lodge

Kluane National Park – Whitehorse

En early wake-up this morning for a last observation of the bighorn sheep before heading back to Whitehorse, with stops to admire and photograph the scenery and wildlife.

Breakfast at the lodge / Picnic and snacks / Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Whitehorse

Free day in Whitehorse to do as you wish (cultural tours, shopping for souvenirs, seeing the sights, etc.), according to your return flight time. Transportation to the airport.

Free breakfast and lunch

*Example 14 Nights Package