Up North Adventures Ltd. has been servicing visitors to the Yukon and locals alike since 1991. We specialize in guided and self-guided year round adventure travel and have a wide range of high quality outdoor gear for rent to make your time in the Yukon enjoyable. Be it paddling or traveling by motor boat, exploring the Whitehorse area by snowshoe, or going on a guided snowmobile tour, we can accommodate your needs. We also provide shuttle services across the whole Yukon Territory, and into the Northwest Territories and British Columbia. Take the time to explore our website to learn more about us and feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or comments. We look forward to helping you have the trip of a lifetime. Please let us know what else we can do to make your trip planning easier!
Meet the people in Charge
Born and raised in the north, makes Mark a true Yukoner. Mark and his family have started Up North Adventures in 1991. This company has evolved from a home grown business to a thriving year round award winning adventure company at a downtown location. His career highlights include the prestigious Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2004 as awarded by the Business Development Bank of Canada. Mark is a Canadian Ranger and an accomplished Wilderness Guide. Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are all a part of his extensive repertoire. He has explored every corner of this beautiful land and can’t wait to share it with you, so join us Up North!
From the prairies of Manitoba to the coastal mountains and waters of British Columbia, to the beautiful backcountry of the Yukon, Dave has explored a great deal of this gorgeous country’s vast wilderness. A graduate of the COLT program on Vancouver Island, Dave is a Certified Canoe Instructor, Flat Water Kayak Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, experienced whitewater paddler, sea kayaker, mountaineer, and cyclist. He is also a trained actor with a Diploma from the Vancouver Film School and loves to tell stories and entertain people while showing them the beauty of his new home in the Yukon.
Our Wonderful Staff
Originally from Germany, Viktoria always knew that Canada is where she really belongs. She had a chance to explore the untouched Yukon wilderness for the first time in the summer of 2014, and instantly fell in love with North. Even -40°C temperatures during a winter vacation didn’t deter her from coming back! She returned for another summer adventure in 2015 and finally made the move to Whitehorse in April 2016.
Viktoria has a degree in cultural studies with a focus on tourism and geography. During several internships in Germany, she gained knowledge about the Canadian Tourism Industry and learned about the needs of the German-speaking travel market. She is passionate about the great outdoors and the pristine wilderness Canada has to offer.
If you feel more comfortable sending us an email in German, don’t hesitate. We’ll make sure Viktoria gets a chance to reply to it and make organizing your vacation even easier.
Born and raised in the prairies, Lacey has always been dedicated to living an outdoorsy life full of smiles and constant adventure. After studying Tourism & Marketing in college, Lacey worked in events for over 6 years, where she spent her off time outdoors, shooting her bow and fishing as much as possible. With plans to find some of the greatest fishing in Canada, she bought a plane ticket to Whitehorse and got a summer job working on Tagish Lake.
After just a few days of Northern life and fishing under the midnight sun, she was “hooked” on the Yukon and everything it had to offer. At the end of Summer Lacey decided that she would make Whitehorse her home for good and joined the Up North Adventures team.
Since moving to the Yukon, her smile has been a whole lot bigger and her fishing line a little bit tighter. She is excited to pass time catching fish and making the most of her new home any way she can. She looks forward to helping you plan the most unforgettable Yukon adventure and would love to answer any questions you may have. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With a decade of retail experience working for some of the biggest outdoor retailers in Canada, Chris is happy to be working in a store where he can see from one end of the building to another without having to put on his glasses. As a professionally trained ski technician, he loves living in a place where he can head to the hills and use his Alpine Touring skis for six months of the year. And as a graduate of the Barnet School of Bicycle Mechanics master mechanic program, he’s busy for the other half of the year tuning, customizing and sometimes even riding his harem of bikes. Chris can also be found trad rock climbing while reading trashy sci-fi and pondering alternative architecture.
Steve Hahn has been messing around in the outdoors since he was 13 years old. An accomplished fly angler, boater and telemark skier, he has plyed rivers, with rod and paddle in hand, all over North America. A graduate of the Sweetwater Travel Guide School, Steve is skilled at the oars of a drift boat or on the tiller of a jet sled. When not working for Up North, you will usually find him close to a body of water casting to rising fish with the double handed rod.Whether casting tiny dry flies to grayling or shredding the backcountry, Steve always is there to lend a hand and answer any questions you have. He is a certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic and has over 10 years of rescue experience. A skilled teacher, Steve teaches the wilderness medicine programs at Up North, and his years of remote medical, rescue and risk management experience enhance the level of safety in the company. Steve has been playing in the Yukon for over ten years and honestly believes it is one of the last true secret places in the North. His greatest pleasure would be to create a fly angling experience that lasts a lifetime.
Originally from Northwestern Ontario, Mark grew up enjoying the outdoors and worked as a fishing guide in the picturesque Lake of the Woods region. After attending college, he went on to a distinguished career in natural resource management that spanned 38 years. Mark has guided for Up North Adventures for the past 5 years but after retiring from government service in 2012, he is now able to concentrate all his energy on his real passion: fishing! Mark and his family have called the Yukon home for the past 30 years, and have enjoyed all the Yukon has to offer. He can’t wait to show you why!
See what Up North Adventures has to offer
The Yukon is one of the last Great Frontiers and Up North Adventures is an advocate of the preservation of its untouched beauty. On all our tours, we try to “walk softly” and to respect the fragile flora and fauna of this land. As a member of the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon we agree to the current valid Code of Conduct in the Wilderness: to minimize all impact while traveling in the wilderness. We follow best environmental practices such as to lessen impact of campfires and campsites, properly dispose of all waste and respect wildlife and historical sites. This will ensure that the Yukon stays clean and healthy for future generations of animals, visitors and the people who live here! We will gladly send out any information needed to help you plan and conduct a No Trace Wilderness Trip.
If you are not familiar with wilderness travel or feel unsure about some things, please do not hesitate to ask us. Everybody at Up North Adventures is experienced and knowledgeable and will be happy to assist you. Please use the links at the top of this page to find out more about the variety of services we have to offer. Enjoy planning your adventure with Up North!
Up North Adventures is a proud supporter of numerous community based organizations. We have been title sponsors of the Yukon River Quest, the Yukon Adventure Challenge, Fulda Challenge, Yukon Quest, Longest Days Street Fair and the Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club. Being a supportive, interactive member of our local community is important to us!
Up North Adventures is a Yukon family owned and operated business. We pride ourselves on offering prompt, helpful, friendly, personalized service to all of our clients. We offer services in English, French and German. We stay open year round and our trips are designed to fit a wide range of abilities, budgets, timelines and preferences. Whether it is a day of Fly Fishing on a pristine mountain river, an 8 day Guided Canoe experience or 4 hours of exhilarating Snowmobiling on a nearby trail, our staff is here to make your Yukon experience as special as possible!
Our Retail Store:
Our retail store offers complete back country solutions for self propelled wilderness adventures! In the spring and summer, we sell only the best canoes, kayaks, paddling clothing and accessories from industry leading companies. In the fall, we stock everything you need for winter travel from clothing to Alpine Touring and Telemark skis to avalanche safety equipment, snowshoes, and ski touring pulks. Click the Store link to learn more about the items we sell and services we offer!
Our Adventure School:
Join our fully certified Instructors for the lessons of a lifetime. We offer Wilderness First Aid Training in the Spring and Fall, Canoe and Kayak Lessons in the summer and Avalanche Training in the winter. Our courses help you build the skills and confidence you require for safe back country travel, enabling you to explore the Yukon on your own! Feel free to contact us for private lessons or custom courses.