Up North Adventures Ltd. has been servicing visitors to the Yukon and locals alike sine 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 bike or going on a guided snowmobile tour, we can accommodate your needs. We also provide shuttle services across the whole Yukon Territory, into NWT and even Alaska. 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! E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Kalin joined the Up North Adventures team in May 2004. He has become a true Sourdough having survived his first winter in the Yukon. Now, many years later, his love for his new home is matched only by his passion for the great outdoors. Although his obsession is white-water paddling, Kalin’s extensive experience and education also include: Canoe, Kayak and SUP Instructor; Wilderness First Responder; Swift Water Rescue Technician; Snowboard Instructor, Avalanche Skills Training as well as A.T., Telemark and Cross Country skiing. With over 25 years of customer service experience and 18 of those years within the paddle sports and outdoor retail industry, Kalin will ensure that your Yukon adventure is truly the best possible! E: email@example.com
A graduate of the COLT program on Vancouver Island, Dave is a Certified Canoe Instructor, Advanced Wilderness First-Aider, 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.
Melina is a born and raised Yukoner, and a member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. She has spent much of her life exploring the untouched wilderness around her family’s cabin on a secluded mountain lake. At a young age, she discovered a passion for travel and adventure, and has traveled through many different areas in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Melina completed studies in Travel and Tourism at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, with the ultimate goal of entering the adventure tourism industry. Now she’s back at home and ready to help you plan an epic wilderness experience!
Our Wonderful Staff
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.
Coming from the shores of the Harricana river in Northern Quebec, Gabriel first came to the Yukon in 2003 on a short school exchange to Dawson City.
In 2004, he left for a full year to New Zealand and took advantage of that year to learn English, which gave him a funny french-kiwi accent. As soon as he got back from New Zealand, he started exploring northern Quebec in search of the biggest standing waves to surf in his kayak. After 3 summers spent in his home region, he decided to head back to the Yukon to work as a river guide. Along the way, he climbed Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, he went to Indonesia in search of the perfect wave, and he went on his trip to Central America and Colombia where he surfed the best waves of his life, hiked through the jungles and paddled next to pink dolphins in the Amazon. Although all those places were beautiful, it made Gabriel realise how amazing Canada is, and especially the North.
Spring 2011 Gabriel decided to settle down in Whitehorse and he joined our Up North team short after. Addicted to the river during the summer, he is also a well experienced snowboarder, coaching the Yukon snowboard team during the winter. White water rescue certified, Wilderness Advanced First Aider, he is always looking for new adventures. Gabriel loves to share the knowledge he acquired along the way, and share his passion, the outdoors.
From one Capital to another Jody made her move to Whitehorse from Ottawa in October 2009. Rivers and mountains are what she loves – and although the rivers of Eastern Canada are warm and playful, the mountains and access to wilderness are what brought her and kept her in the Yukon. Jody is an Algonquin College Outdoor Adventure Program Alumni, giving her a broad variety of skills in the outdoors; from cross country skiing to ice climbing. Her big passions are whitewater and climbing rock and ice, but since moving to the Yukon has spent more of her time alpine touring in the mountains and biking. After graduating Jody began her career in the outdoor industry both on the retail side and also as a kayak instructor, climbing instructor and hiking guide. Sharing her appreciation for the outdoors and teaching others the skills required to play outside are what makes Jody tick, and good gear makes it all that much more accessible and fun, so talking gear is also a favourite past-time of hers; therefore it was only natural for her to join the team of outdoor addicts at Up North.
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.
Mikeala’s love of the outdoors sprouted from a very young age while growing up in the Yukon wilderness south of Whitehorse. From her small childhood home nestled in the McClintock Valley, she spent her days on snowshoes and snowmobiles in the winter, and on the water in summer with her family. For 20 years, her curiosity and passion for the natural world has grown with her, and has driven her towards a career where every day is a new adventure!
With her sunny personality and off-beat humour, Mikeala has happily been a part of the Up North Adventures team since July of 2014, and can’t wait to meet you!
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.