Up North Adventures has been servicing vistors to the Yukon and locals alike since 1991. It all started at the Stenzig family home on the banks of the Yukon River with a small B&B, 6 canoes, and a passion to share the breath taking Yukon wilderness with others. For many years we met hundreds of people from across the globe and enjoyed sharing a piece of our home with every single one, either in our B&B or out on the rivers and trails.
However, As more and more travelers visted the Yukon our passion began to outgrow our facilities. In 2001 we built our current downtown location. Our new shop allowed us to offer retail services along with our rentals, transportation, guided, and self guided tours. We also were able to welcome in many new talented and extrodinary people to our family buisiness.
Over the years we have continued to share our passion for the outdoors and the Yukon with even more visitors while providing support, knowledge, and specialty equipment to our local community. 2021 now marks our 30th year in operation and we could wish for nothing more then the opportunity to continue sharing the beauty of the Yukon with others.
Mark Stenzig (Owner)
Born and raised in the north, makes Mark a true Yukoner. Mark and his family started Up North Adventures in 1991. 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!
Viktoria Muhlbauer (Sales and Marketing)
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 the 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.
Michelle Klaben (Operations and Retail)
Hailing from Kenai, Alaska, Michelle grew up hiking, boating, and skiing her way across the North. The Yukon has always been one of her favourite places to be, which spurred her to move to Whitehorse in the summer of 2018 and join the Up North Adventures team. Working as an outdoor adventure guide for both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the US Army at Fort Wainwright before coming to Up North Adventures, her favourite part of the job has always been sharing her love of the beauty, and unique culture of the North with others.
Mark Zrum (Guide Extraordinaire)
Mark has been helping out at Up North Adventures for many years and has been an important member of the Yukon paddling and outdoor community for even longer. He is an amazing source of knowledge and a real treat to have with you on the rivers, lakes, and trails. When he isn’t guiding at Up North you will find him out on the land riding his snowmobile, fishing, hunting, skiing, or just enjoying the beautiful Yukon backcountry.
Our Environment and Community
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.
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!