About Nature Tours of Yukon
Hi there! Nice to meet you.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know us better. We love to make new friends.
So what are we all about then?
We are licensed to conduct tours in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska.
We are licensed by Parks Canada (CA) and National Park Service (USA) to conduct tours inside Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, SS Klondike Historic Site, Kluane National Park and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska. Nature Tours of Yukon is one of the founding operators of the Wilderness Tourism Assiociation Yukon. We have Yukon Wilderness Tourism License # 004 and we hold a Tourism Operator Licence for Northwest Territories.
All our guides have a current Wilderness First Aid license.
Our motto is: " experience matters™ "
This not only refers to the fact that we care about the experiences you as our guest will have with Nature Tours of Yukon. It also means that because all our staff live in Yukon year round, they have the experience to advise you on the possibilities for a trip to Yukon and Alaska.
The difference Nature Tours of Yukon makes.
Nature adventures are only as good as your guide.
Despite all the intricate planning that goes into creating a superlative nature adventure, we know a successful trip can only happen with an extraordinary guide at the helm. That’s why we're proud to have a collection of fine Yukon wilderness guides! Not many companies undertake in-depth guide training as we do. Nature Tours of Yukon has the most experienced guides available in Yukon.
The smallest groups in the industry
Can you imagine trying to walk silently along a secluded trail, careful not to disturb wildlife, with 20 or 30 other travelers? Or stepping ashore on a remote river to explore pristine boreal wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know that meaningful nature encounters must take place in small groups. That's why our trips average just five to twelve guests, by far the smallest groups in the industry. This not only guarantees you much more personal close-up wildlife encounters, it also ensures a lower-impact presence on the planet's special places we all love.
The best vehicles
As a company that offers adventures all over Yukon, Alaska and Northwest Territories, we use many different types of vehicles, from 4x4 luxury cars for exploring the arctic and ice roads to vans and trailers to transport you and your equipment to river or trail. The one consistent element is that our vehicles are always the best available, providing the safest and most comfortable ride. Further, with our uncompromising small-group policy, we also limit the number of travelers in each vehicle to below capacity (and well below the number other companies place in them), ensuring a more comfortable and more personalized nature experience.
We won’t cancel!
If you've ever experienced the disappointment of having your long-awaited adventure canceled at the last minute because the tour company didn’t sell enough spaces, you’ll appreciate our promise never to cancel a trip due to low enrollment. That’s right - If we confirmed a departure to you, we’re going!
We know our way around the North. We have driven almost every mile of highway and know the back roads. We paddled the rivers, walked the trails, been licked by sled dogs, snowshoed the mountain trails, spent nights under the stars and watched the Aurora Borealis.
Nature Tours of Yukon is based in Whitehorse for 30 years. We are a member of Wilderness Tourism Association Yukon (WTAY), Tourism Industry Association Yukon (TIA Yukon), Tourism Industry Association Canada (TIAC), Canadian Signature Experience programm (by TIAC), Tourism Operator - Northwest Territories, Chamber of Commerce Whitehorse, Chamber of Commerce Yukon, Travel Industry Designator Service by IATA (TIDS).
Our goal is to be your one-stop address for year-round wilderness adventures, travel and accommodation in Yukon and Alaska. Our team of skilled, professional, licensed guides and drivers will always go the extra mile to provide you, our guest, with a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable experience. We have many returning customers who came as guests and left as friends.
Say hi to:
The people that will make your adventure special:
Our fabulous and amazing guides!
The 'behind the scenes' people:
My name is Joost van der Putten. I'm the President and General Manager of Nature Tours of Yukon Inc. After being quite successful in project management traveling all over the world, I chose Yukon tourism as my new career. I'm an expert in planning and organizing and strive to take Nature Tours of Yukon’s service to a level above and beyond the ordinary. I also use my organizing skills as board member of TIA Yukon and I'm a member of Yukon's Tourism Marketing Committee. (I'm multi-lingual and speak English, Deutsch, Français and Nederlands).
Hi, my name is Josi.
I'm most likely the first person you talk to when planning your adventure with Nature Tours of Yukon. Originally from Germany, I know the area around Whitehorse and my favorite city Dawson City like the back of my hand. I've been hiking in Kluane National Park and have been driving the Dempster Highway in winter.
My favorite season is winter; I spend many nights outside under the Northern Lights. I love sled dogs and most of my free time in winter you can find me dog sledding and volunteering with dogsled races.
In the short Yukon summer I love to explore and camp out during almost 24 hours of daylight. Ask me about my experiences and how I can help you fill your time in the Yukon with exciting things to do!
Hi, my name is Robert Siefke. I’m the Lead Guide.
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Hello there! I’m Conny, your friendly Accounts / Office Manager. I try to keep everything here organized. I also lend a hand where ever it’s needed: Driving transfers, cleaning gear, making coffee....... I have 25 years of experience in bookkeeping and computer application management. I love nature, canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. And every time I see the Northern Lights dancing, I’m in awe. Besides my work for Nature Tours of Yukon I am an artist. I like to paint landscapes and abstracts inspired by nature. The vast wilderness of the Yukon is the perfect inspiration for me. (I speak English, Nederlands and Deutsch).
And there you have it folks! Now you know. We hope to see you soon in our beautiful Yukon.
The Program You Can Trust.
Tour operators with tours in the Canadian Signature Experience Collection are vetted by Destination Canada and Yukon Tourism along strict quality criteria, so you can be confident you're getting experiences that are uniquely Yukon.
You can trust the operator to deliver, whenever you see the Canadian Signature Experience logo on their site.