As a born and bred Canadian, well versed in the lore of Sam McGee, I have always dreamed of a Best Made Yukon adventure. And, at last, here we are: me, my crew, renowned Canadian adventure photographer Jason van Bruggen and the ghost of Robert Service, the Yukon’s legendary bard. We’re all standing on the mythical shores of Lake Laberge, shooting in broad daylight well into the wee hours of the night. Stranger things have doubtless transpired in the land of the midnight sun. Robert Service was keenly aware that there is no better fuel for the imagination than spending time in the wilderness. I’m putting our gear to the test, but it’s hard not to track the flight of a soaring bird, decipher the next steps of an incoming storm front, or get lost in the mechanics of a campfire that refuses to light. Since the Klondike, the Yukon has attracted big dreamers. The gold rush may be over here, but discoveries are still plenty and close at hand, especially for curious adventurers.

Author: Peter Buchanan-Smith | Photography: Jason Frank Rothenberg