Yukon Wildlife and Aurora Photography Workshop

Calling all photographers that have always wanted to photograph Canadian wildlife and the northern lights in one of the best locations in the world to capture the Aurora. 

I am referring to the Yukon. It is here where 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.

Come with me on a vacation in Canada's Yukon, it is a larger than life experience.

Now after six years of running workshops in Northern Canada, I’ve decided to take a small group of photographers to focus on the wildlife. Our target species are Canada Lynx, Red Fox, Silver Fox, Artic Fox, Muskox, Dall Sheep, Mountain Goats, Caribou, Woodland Bison, Elk, Moose, Mule Deer.  

This is the perfect trip for someone that wants to focus on capturing once in a lifetime aurora images over some of the most majestic landscapes Canada has to offer. And, photograph some of the most exotic animals Canada has to offer.

Our animal photo shoots are custom tailored private photo shoots up close and personal with some of the most desirable animal species in Canada at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

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. The size of the group will also allow us the flexibility to get to the locations I know produce the best aurora I have seen in Canada.

Dates of Workshop: January 20, 2019 to January 26, 2019
Maximum number of attendees: 6 attendees only
Price of Workshop: $3495USD
Deposit to Secure your spot: $1000USD and your balance due October 20, 2018
Single Supplement: $500USD
Instructor: Kevin A. Pepper

Included: All Park entrance fees, Yukon Wildlife Preserve Fees and guides, lunches while at the Wildlife preserve, guiding services by an insured and legally registered guide in the Yukon, professional photography mentorship, shared accommodation, welcome dinner on the first night, dog sledding, transportation via an 8 seater SUV with sufficient luggage space for all our clothing and gear.
Not Included: Items of personal nature, your flights to get you to the workshop, laundry and telephone services, anything not listed as included. 

Weather in Whitehorse: The month of January is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from a dry -13°C to -11°C over the course of the month, exceeding 1°C or dropping below -29°C only one day in ten.

Suggested Gear List: A wide angle lens with an aperture of 2.8 or faster. A medium telephoto in the range of 70-200mm with a suggested aperture of 2.8. A 100-400mm. Sturdy tripod and sturdy ball head. A remote shutter release. Polarizer and ND filters. A minimum of four batteries and battery chargers. A flashlight.

A word from someone that attended last year

Best trip ever Kevin Allen Pepper had a blast!!! Wish to do it again!  You are awesome at your "job" !!!! Wish I had that job. Seriously Kevin, the trip last month was more than I could if wished for and you were so accommodating with the agenda all based in weather! Saw tons and had a amazing time with all of you! New friends and a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you
- Anita King, Yukon '17

 

Photos from Previous Years at These Locations

Here is the itinerary. 

Day One – Sunday, January, 20, 2019 – You arrive in Whitehorse during the day and we will meet for a group dinner at 6pm on the Sunday to go over the weeks itinerary. 

After dinner, if the skies co-operate and the aurora forecast is active we will head out to one of many locations I have scouted in the last five years so you can go photograph the aurora with me in the Yukon. 

Hotel is the Westmark Inn

Day Two – Monday, January 21, 2019 – This morning we will have breakfast before we head to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for your first private photo session with the animals of the Yukon. 
Your morning starts at 10:00am. For the next three hours we will be guided by a staff member and myself in behind the fence lines for very intimate photographic sessions with animals native to the Yukon. 

At noon I have secured the board room at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and will bring in lunch while you look at photos and we discuss your photos and how to improve in the afternoon. 

From 1pm till 4:00pm we will go back out and you will be once again be guided by a staff member and myself in behind the fence lines for very intimate photographic sessions with animals native to the Yukon. 

After dinner, if the skies co-operate and the aurora forecast is active we will head out to one of many locations I have scouted in the last five years so you can go photograph the aurora with me in the Yukon. 

Hotel is the Westmark Inn

Day Three – Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – This morning we will have breakfast before we head to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for your first private photo session with the animals of the Yukon. 

Your morning starts at 10:00am. For the next three hours we will be guided by a staff member and myself in behind the fence lines for very intimate photographic sessions with animals native to the Yukon. 

At noon I have secured the board room at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and will bring in lunch while you look at photos and we discuss your photos and how to improve in the afternoon. 

From 1pm till 4:00pm we will go back out and you will be once again be guided by a staff member and myself in behind the fence lines for very intimate photographic sessions with animals native to the Yukon. 

After dinner, if the skies co-operate and the aurora forecast is active we will head out to one of many locations I have scouted in the last five years so you can go photograph the aurora with me in the Yukon. 

Hotel is the Westmark Inn

Day Four – Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – This morning we will have breakfast before we head to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for your first private photo session with the animals of the Yukon. 

Your morning starts at 10:00am. For the next three hours we will be guided by a staff member and myself in behind the fence lines for very intimate photographic sessions with animals native to the Yukon. 

At noon I have secured the board room at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and will bring in lunch while you look at photos and we discuss your photos and how to improve in the afternoon. 

From 1pm till 4:00pm we will go back out and you will be once again be guided by a staff member and myself in behind the fence lines for very intimate photographic sessions with animals native to the Yukon. 

After dinner, if the skies co-operate and the aurora forecast is active we will head out to one of many locations I have scouted in the last five years so you can go photograph the aurora with me in the Yukon. 

Hotel is the Westmark Inn

Day Five – Thursday, January 24, 2019 – Today is a day for the dogs. Our group will head up to Fish Lake and meet with our dog teams that we will be riding on today. 

This is your opportunity to lead a dog team in the mountains outside of Whitehorse. Our group will divide into two. For the first half of the session, half of the group will ride on the dog sleds while the other half photographs them against the mountain landscapes. 

Then we will switch and the other half of the group will get their opportunity to ride the dog sleds. 

After our dog sled rides we will head over to the Hot Springs and you will have the opportunity to soak in the Hot Springs and relax.

After dinner, if the skies co-operate and the aurora forecast is active we will head out to one of many locations I have scouted in the last five years so you can go photograph the aurora with me in the Yukon. 

Hotel is the Westmark Inn

Day Six - Friday, January 25, 2019 – Today I want to give you a chance to see some of Canada’s northern landscapes just a few degrees south of the arctic circle. Today we will visit Fish Lake and some private land that I have access to in the area. We will also drive west towards Kluane National Park, a World Heritage Site. 

We may even see wild herds of Dall Sheep and Elk that are in the area. 

If the skies co-operate and the aurora forecast is active we will head out to one of many locations I have scouted in the last five years in that area so you can go photograph the aurora with in South Western Yukon. 

Day Seven – Saturday 26, 2019 - Departure day. You can schedule your departures from Whitehorse any time on the last day. Flights start departing as early as 6:00am and as late as 4:00pm.

Are you ready for Canada's north and some of the best aurora and exotic wildlife you will photograph? Click here to contact me and we will see you in the Yukon