Nature Photo Tour in Yukon & Alaska

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14 days
Months : July
Whitehorse, Yukon
Group size: 3-6

WILD EXPOSURE aimed high for this exclusive trip to the Yukon and Alaska! Contrary to its Alaskan neighbor, Yukon’s great wild open spaces are little known to European naturalists and photographers. This journey emphasizes discovery of the fauna, flora and landscapes of Canada’s Far North. Travelers will be able to observe grizzlies, black bears, caribou, lynxes, Dall sheep, silver foxes, bald eagles and many other wild species. The elusive grey wolf also haunts the entire territory covered by our itinerary; you will have to keep your eyes peeled if you hope to spot one and capture it on film.

The entirety of the stay will plunge you into a northern biotope consisting of mountains surrounded by boreal forest (a.k.a. taiga), arctic tundra and glaciers. You will also have a chance to explore the rainforest bordering the Alaska fjords where the highest peaks of the coast mountains rush headlong into the Pacific Ocean.

Your tour guides are Nicolas Dory and Hugues Deglaire, both professional photographers based in Canada. If need be, the group can be separated in two to optimize conditions for approaching the animals.

Themes: Northern wildlife (bears, moose, bald eagles, Dall sheep, etc.) wild flora, subarctic landscapes (tundra, boreal forest, lakes, etc.) and mountain, glacial and rainforest landscapes

Departure and Return Points

Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport

The price includes

  • 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 Adobe Lightroom image editing

The price does not include

  • Meals marked “free” in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • National & International flights and airport taxes

  • Personal purchases

  • Travel assistance and cancellation insurance

  • Visas for Canada and the United States
  • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary (admission to museums, swimming pools, etc.)

Day 1Whitehorse

Welcome at 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 first sightings of bald eagles!

Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Day 2Whitehorse – Dawson City

After breakfast, we will head north. The drive will include many photo stops along the way: landscapes, scenery and the opportunity to spot grizzlies, black bears, lynxes, without forgetting little mammals like arctic ground squirrels. At the end of the day: arrival at Dawson City, cradle of the Klondike Gold Rush. In the evening: discovery of this absolutely unique, eclectic, history-filled city that will leave a lasting impression on you!

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

Day 3Dawson City – Tombstone Territorial Park

In the morning we will hit the legendary Dempster Highway, a gravel road that crosses the Yukon and Northwest Territories to the Arctic Ocean, At the beginning of the road is the Tombstone Territorial Park, nicknamed “Patagonia of the North” for its majestic rugged granite peaks, We will spend the day in the park, surrounded by spectacular scenic vistas and wind-sculpted mountains, and meeting up with the local wildlife: grizzlies, moose, silver foxes, Dall sheep, birds of prey, ptarmigans and, with luck, even the odd wolf!

We will all have dinner at a lodge and spend the night in typical Far North log cabins. Since the sun sets very late during this season, anyone who feels the urge can go out for an evening of observation.

Free breakfast / Picnic and snacks / Dinner at the lodge / Night in log cabin

Day 4Tombstone Territorial Park – Arctic Circle

After breakfast at the lodge with our host, we’ll be back on the mythic Dempster Highway heading towards the Arctic Circle. On the way, numerous stops are planned to take in and photograph the various landscapes: subarctic tundra, prescribed boreal forest burning, fireweed (floral emblem of the Yukon), etc. Accommodation will be provided at Eagle Plains, the most isolated hotel in the Canadian Far North.

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

Day 5Arctic Circle – Tombstone Territorial Park

Return to the great Tombstone Territorial Park countryside. What animals will we be fortunate enough to see today? Ptarmigans (grouse), North American hares, silver foxes, caribou? If interested, you may also want to visit the Tombstone Interpretation Centre. After another day exploring this corner of paradise, we meet up with our Day 3 host for dinner at the lodge and a night’s sleep in a log cabin.

Free breakfast / Picnic and snacks / Dinner at the lodge / Night in the log cabin

Day 6Tombstone Territorial Park – Tok (Alaska)

On the road to Alaska! We will travel along the famous “Top of the World Highway”, one of the northernmost highways of the American continent. Breathtaking landscapes. Totally different from the ones seen so far! You will even be able to see gold-seekers panning gold in the rivers. We will stop in Chicken for lunch, where you can discover this mining village in the middle of nowhere! We will then push on to reach Tok, where we will spend the night.

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

Day 7Tok – Kluane National Park

Right after breakfast, we head out for Canada via the Alaska Highway. We’ll picnic a little farther in Burwash Landing, a small town located on the western shore of Kluane Lake, inhabited mainly by Kluane First Nations Amerindians. We will continue along the boundaries of Kluane National Park. Eighty percent of the park consists of mountains and glaciers and boasts the highest peak in Canada, Mount Logan at 5959 meters! We will then stay in a beautiful lodge near the Village of Haines Junction, located near the entrance to Kluane National Park.

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

Day 8Kluane National Park

Today is the cherry on the cake! Very early morning flight over the Kluane National Park: the largest ice field outside of the Arctic Circles and home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in Canada. An unforgettable experience for pictures to take your breath away!

The latter half of the day, we’ll venture through the park to watch the Dall sheep and discover Slim’s River, dried up since 2016 due to global warming.

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

Day 9Kluane National Park

Discovery of the boundaries of Kluane National Park including several majestic sites like Kathleen and Deazadesh Lakes. We will also have the opportunity to visit the village of Klukshu, a traditional fishing and hunting camp of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. At day`s end, we’ll make a stop at Million Dollar Falls, the only water falls in the Yukon that are easily accessible.

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

Note: depending on the weather, Days 8 and 9 may be reversed to optimize our chances to take pictures while flying over Kluane National Park.

Day 10Kluane National Park – Haines (Alaska)

We leave Kluane National Park to go to Haines in Alaska. The trip takes us briefly out of Yukon to cross the alpine landscapes of the Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park, which is located in the northeast region of the province of British Columbia. The Tatshenshini River, one of North America’s wildest and most spectacular rivers, flows through the core of this park. We soon reach the Alaskan border, to continue to the village of Haines where we will spend the next 3 days. We register for our hotel rooms and go out to stroll along a small river where grizzly bears, bald eagles and seals fish for salmon.

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

Days 11 & 12Haines

On these two days, we will mainly observe grizzlies and bald eagles, and venture out to discover the coastal rainforest with views of the surrounding glaciers. For those interested, we can arrange a visit to the American Bald Eagle Foundation, whose mission is the conservation of the Bald Eagle and its habitat.

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

Day 13Haines – Whitehorse

This morning we get up at the crack of dawn for one last time to observe the grizzlies along the river before making the return trip to Whitehorse. Stops are planned on the way, to watch and photograph the landscapes and wildlife.

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

Day 14Whitehorse

Free day in Whitehorse; in request, we’ll devise a personalized program (cultural tours, souvenir shopping, etc.) according to your return flight time. Transportation to the airport.

Free breakfast and lunch


from July 15 to 28, 2019

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