HISTORY OF THE RANCH
Sky High Wilderness Ranch has been offering visitors the "Adventure of a lifetime" for over 30 years. It was founded by Sylvia and Ian McDougall and has over the years grown into a well known and respected adventure tourism business. We offer dog sled and Horse back adventures as well as cabin and lodge stay packages. Between our sled dogs and horses, there is always something to do for the animal lovers of your group. We are located on the shores of Fish Lake only 30 min from Whitehorse and our wide range of adventures will satisfy even the most adventurous spirit. Because we are right on Nature's doorstep we also share our home with Yukon wild life and have great respect for their trails, watering holes, dens, and territories. At Sky High there is opportunity for hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and more!
The Kwanlin Dün First Nation history in our area dates back centuries and we share respect for their culture and values when using their land for our tours. Most of our tours involve some sort of camping: winter and summer. Our smaller group sizes ensure that we stay true to our belief in the "leave no trace" philosophy. All human and animal waste is carried out regularly and camps are moved often to ensure our wilderness stays pristine.
Our love of the land and environment we live in is evident in the simple way of life at Sky High. It is all about quiet comfort without the interference of telephones, internet, electricity, television etc. Step back in time, cozy up by the fire, light the lamp and read a book or stay up late and watch for the mystical Aurora Borealis.
Our “off the grid” lifestyle ranch is serviced by quaint outhouses (toilets), has limited cell service, no WiFi and water is hauled up from downtown. Our buildings are warmed by a wood stove, making for a cozy stay, while we also have gravity fed showers. All our lights and appliances are all powered by propane (no electricity).
We love our animals! Read more about our kennels here.
'LEAVE NO TRACE'
We strive to maintain minimal environmental impact.
Drive your own team of huskies, explore Yukon backcountry by horseback and live 'off-grid' in our remote setting.
We have a tight-knit team of passionate staff - read about them below!
SKY HIGH IN THE MEDIA
Sky High Wilderness Ranch is famous for its pristine landscapes and is very popular with the media for this reason!
"THE LAST TRAPPER"
"The Last Trapper" was filmed in the Fish Lake area and used our Coal Lake cabin for a set in the movie. Watch the clip here.
Our Sky High Dogs starred in this episode of 'Yukonic'. Watch the clip here.
MERCEDEZ BENZ COMMERCIAL
Mercedes Benz did a Smart Car promotion with our dogs pulling the smart car. Watch the clip here.
"THE SKINNY DIP"
Best Boy Productions filmed "The Skinny Dip" Yukon episode at our ranch - some of our staff are actors. This episode aired on the Travel Network. Watch the clip here.
An episode of Man Tracker was filmed at Fish Lake.
"CANADA'S AMAZING RACE 2"
Season 2, Episode 5 of Canada's Amazing Race featured challenges at our Ranch! Watch the clip here.
MEET THE TEAM
We take pride in establishing a strong team, who are passionate for what they do. All of our staff are certified in First Aid. Our guides have extensive back country experienced and carry an InReach device with them on all tours for guests' safety. Our team come from across the globe but all share in common our love for the Yukon wilderness!
KENNEL MANAGER & PARTNER
Yukon Quest Veteran Jocelyne LeBlanc is a partner, guide and manager at Sky High. She was raised in New Brunswick and arrived in the Yukon approximately 13 years ago. She has approx 44 dogs including her racing team and raced in the 2010 Yukon Quest winning both the 'Red Lantern Award' and the 'Challenge of the North Award' for completing the Quest from Dawson City with only 7 dogs. With the combination of strong leadership skills, outgoing personality and experience Jocelyne is the perfect manager & guide.
OPERATIONS MANAGER & PARTNER
Gary is the operations manager at Sky High. He oversees operations of the tours as well as construction and staff management. He is an avid hunter and fisherman and his love of the outdoors aids him in keeping true to our motto of keeping the 'Wilderness' alive in our all of our tours. As Gary wears many hats in a day you can find him in town buying supplies, in the office, constructing our latest cabin or at a business meeting.
PARTNER & FOUNDER
HORSEBACK & DOG SLED GUIDE
Kristina began her love for the outdoors in her home country of Slovakia. There she worked at a remote cabin in the mountains - a place only reachable by a 10km uphill hike with a 30kg backpack. This off-grid cabin is one of few places in Europe where porters still have to carry everything up and down the mountain! Since then she has always been searching for the least-crowded and remote places to live, and the Yukon is the best option for that! Sky High is everything Kristina has dreamed about - a place where she can spend her time doing her favourite things: hiking, running, horseback riding, dog sledding, reading books, writing poetry and getting lost in the mountains.
DOG SLED GUIDE
Lauren grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and spent many years out east in Prince Edward Island. From there, she found herself in the Ottawa Valley teaching outdoor education and finally, two years ago, made her way up to the Yukon. Lauren came to explore the whitewater rivers of summer and loves being on the water in any capacity she can, whether it’s canoeing, kayaking, or fly fishing. Once the rivers freeze, she loves skiing, ice fishing, and reading by the fire. When Lauren is not working at Sky High, she works seasonally with the National Outdoor Leadership School guiding whitewater trips in the Yukon, Alaska, and Utah and she supply teaches with the Outdoor education programs in town.
DOG SLED GUIDE
For Jonathan, everything started with a book: 'Les Terres de l'infini: La Vallee sans Homme' by Rene Frison Roche, which is about an epic adventure in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Jonathan came to Canada from Northern France in 2009 and lived in Quebec for the last 7 years. It was there that he discovered dog sledding along the Saguenay Fjord. Later, he got his first Siberian Huskies: Torngat and Marathon, and started to learn and teach them how to run with a sled, bike joring and hiking. Recently, 2 adorable girls, Iroise and Venise, joined the team and the great adventure is ongoing! The ardent and living First Nations' culture and history played a huge role in Jonathan's decision to move to the Yukon. Besides mushing, Jonathan has many talents: he is a landscaper, florist, sailing instructor, lift operator at the local ski hill at Mt Sima, and pyrotechnician who occasionally illuminates the beautiful Northern sky in bursts of colour. He is passionate about sharing his new-found love for the North and this great adventures with the dogs. That is why he has come to Sky High!
DOG SLED GUIDE
Paul is originally from Labrador but has spent most of his life in subarctic, around Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. He had raised his own dogs for many years before coming to the Yukon, where he came to fulfill his dog mushing dream of guiding and racing his own team of sled dogs. At present, he is training his own dogs for the Yukon Quest 300 sled dog race! Paul discovered Sky High after running a few local races and deciding to re-home his Siberian Husky team there after meeting Jocelyne (our Kennel Manager). He knew it was the perfect fit and lifestyle for him and his dogs. Living off-grid in Canada's North travelling by dog sled to hunt and fish has been Paul's past and present lifestyle as well as his passion. He has always told his guests that Sky High is his "happy place" and being able to share his passion with guests from all over the world makes it perfect!
DOG SLED GUIDE
Elaine is a true Montrealer/Quebecoise! This means she loves food, arts, music and culture in general. Of course, she likes outdoor activities but she is also a good dancer. Elaine would be more than happy if you could show her one/two of your steps! Dog sledding is her true passion though, and that is why she came to the Yukon to learn, watch and work with the best mushers. She has more than 5 years of guiding experience (hiking, canoeing dog sledding) as well as a School Guiding Degree from QC.