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Yukon Wild

RainerAfter 15 years of traveling to different parts of the world, and undertaking several self organized expeditions we found our place. The Yukon, Canada's northwestern corner, is were we now call home. 

Adventure Tours Yukon Wild Ltd. was founded in 1995 by Rainer Russmann and Elisabeth Weigand.
We put together a program of exciting trips, bought 3 canoes, camping gear and a van, and headed out on trails and rivers with our first clients. It was a small home based family business with a lot of personal touch right from the start.

We have come a long ways since those early days. Now we are a well established  business, with a " few " more canoes and equipment (and experience) and have developed our unique style of sharing our knowledge as well as our " backyard " with our guests.
We are a licensed tour operator and member of the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon. We promote "green environmental  practices" and high safety standards through licensed and trained guides.
What we kept, are the close ties to our clients, the personal touch, and the respect for nature over business.

We only offer a limited number of trips in small groups that are environmentally sustainable. It is not only about selling our trips. We like to guide most of these trips ourselves and to provide the utmost service while maintaining our company philosophy.

Getting that feedback from our clients, gives us the opportunity to respond to their needs. Being in the field ourselves, keeps us always up to date to respond to any inquiries about a Yukon adventure.
Yukon Wild is not just a business for us, it is an extension of our lifestyle.

Some of our credentials are: Wilderness First Aid , CPR, River Rescue, Hunter Education and Ethics, Wilderness Survival.

Rainer started out as a passionate hiker and backpacker. Then the canoe was added to his favorite means for exploring the Yukon's backcountry on challenging rivers. He always likes to check out new trails and canoe routes and his organization skills and endurance are cornerstones of Yukon Wild. He loves nature and a nature oriented lifestyle. He is very knowledgeable about wildlife, plants, geography, and living in the wilderness. He loves to share his experiences with our guests, and likes to surprise everybody with his campfire cooking. 

Besides guiding and organizing the affairs of Yukon Wild, Rainer likes to spend time in his workshop, working with wood. He not only built all of the furniture, but also his cozy log house .

At home, at the Yukon Wild base, Rainer lives and works under environmental friendly conditions.
He generates his own solar power, pumps water from his own well and has a biodegradable wastewater treatment system. He heats and cooks with dead wood, a renewable resource from close by. A home office reduces unnecessary travel to town.

Yukon Wild is reinforced by a small group of  selected long time Yukon Guides.  All are Yukoners like Rainer, living the live they are promoting on trips with years of canoeing and backcountry experience. They are also experienced  logbuilders, dog mushers, hunters, and survival experts. They all share the same love for nature and enjoy to provide a knowledgeable background  for answering most of the questions before and during your trip. Some are with Yukon Wild right from the beginning.

Our Trips

Our guided tours are not survival trips. You don't have to eat ants or fell trees to build a shelter. Still, it will be a true, hands-on wilderness experience, with unlimited input on your side, if you wish.
As a guide, we rather feel like a mediator between you and an environment so liberating and still mysterious at the beginning, than just marching ahead.

We like to give you the opportunity to learn new skills and adjust to a different pace of life.
We want to create a wilderness environment which makes you feel comfortable and safe.
Your guide will be a valuable source of information in all aspects of your trip, and will give you lots of examples to enjoy life with basic equipment.

On or tours we will offer you the opportunity for a true wilderness adventure. All the infrastructure we need en route, we bring along. In promoting our trips, we are quite aware of the impact that comes with it. As a member of the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon, we fully support a wilderness Code of Conduct to minimize the environmental impact. Small group sizes, appropriate equipment, and trying to leave things the way they are, are some of the objectives. In return, your wilderness adventure will be as pristine as possible. Besides having lesser impact, a small group means more attention from the guide for your needs, less destruction from overcrowding, and better service

Most of our trips are dedicated towards a "down to earth" experience: to see, feel, and smell what's around you. You might be a little bit tired after a day of paddling, but think about the accomplishment and the peace of mind you achieved at the end of that day.

Depending upon the trip you choose, there will be lots of leisure time for yourself.We would be happy to welcome you in the Yukon, and show you around in a country "Larger than Life"