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!
Office & partner
Yukon Quest Veteran Jocelyne LeBlanc is a partner at Sky High. She was raised in New Brunswick and arrived in the Yukon approximately 15 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.
Kennel & Staff manager
Corentin, called "Coco", is the staff and kennel manager. Tutored by Gary as staff and operations manager and by Jocelyne as Kennel manager, you will find Coco on the trail, on a roof, preparing horses and dogs, or guiding, when is not in the the office. Born and raised in the middle east of France, where he was wood salesman, he always dreamed to be "a timber in Canadian's forest" so he decided to learn skills of outdoors jobs. He learned forestry and Wildlife management in Quebec. Quebec being overpopulated for him, he found the Yukon as the perfect place. When he's not on the Ranch, he's skiing, hiking, hunting or fishing in the mountains.
Margot grew up in the French alps, spending her time in the mountains and riding horses. She spent many years traveling, Asia, Africa... before she made her way up to Canada in 2017. She studied wildlife conservation and forestry in Quebec. There she started mushing in a small village and fell in love with the lifestyle. Margot grew up with horses, she has been horseback guiding and teaching different riding levels since she was 16. Truly passionate about the wilderness, you'll find her out in the bush all year round, mushing, camping, horseback riding, trapping or hunting.
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
For Jonathan, everything started with a book: 'Les Terres de l'infini: La Vallee sans Homme' by Roger 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
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 6 years of guiding experience (hiking, canoeing dog sledding) as well as a School Guiding Degree from QC.