Bryan Unruh

Bryan Unruh has a Bachelors’s Degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership from the University of Mount Royal and a Master’s in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. Together with extensive industry experience, he is a well-versed adventurer. He has been paddling for over 20 years, as it has allowed him to be in beautiful… Continue reading Bryan Unruh

Julia McGoey

Julia grew up and learned to paddle in Ontario. She attended Algonquin College for Outdoor Adventure where she first fell in love with whitewater. Julia has worked in the outdoor industry for the past ten years for employers including The Outdoor Education Group, Outward Bound, NOLS and Yukan Canoe. Julia has taught white water canoeing… Continue reading Julia McGoey

Maeve McManus

Was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon where she started whitewater canoeing with her  dad and older sister Aislinn at a  young age. From 2016 to 2018,she competed in sprint canoeing and attended the Sprint Canoe and Kayak National Championships in 2018. Most of her instructing  experience comes from working with kids through Flatwater North summer… Continue reading Maeve McManus

Aislinn McManus

My name is Aislinn, I grew up in Whitehorse, YT and was introduced to paddling through trips on the Yukon river with my parents and school trips throughout the territory. The past few summers I have been fortunate to be able to come back to the Yukon every summer and spend time learning and teaching… Continue reading Aislinn McManus

Pelly Vincent-Braun

Pelly surfing at Club Merganser

Hey I’m Pelly and I’ve been a paddler for my entire life and have been an instructor at Yukan Canoe for almost a decade. I was introduced to canoeing by my parents as a baby I haven’t stopped since! I’m a canoeist at heart but I can also paddle river kayaks, pack rafts, and sea… Continue reading Pelly Vincent-Braun

Natalie Sands

Natalie with students

I grew up in the north, born and raised in Atlin, BC – a small, rural community a couple hours south of Whitehorse, Yukon. Rivers have guided my life in a way I wouldn’t have imagined. I learned how to white water kayak and raft guide on the Tatshenshini River, here in the Yukon. Raft… Continue reading Natalie Sands

Lauren Wonfor

Lauren joined the Yukan Canoe team in 2020. Our students love  Laurens passion for paddling  and individual attention to ensure they succeed in learning new paddling skills. When I was a kid growing up in the prairies, I used to drag an old beat up kayak every weekend to the lazy stretch of river that… Continue reading Lauren Wonfor

Nesha Wright

Paddling has been part of my world for different reasons at different times. I have been spending time on the water for as long as I can remember. For me, paddling is about more than just being on the water, it has molded who I am in ways that I didn’t expect. I have been… Continue reading Nesha Wright

Sarah Murray

Sarah is a long time Yukan Canoe Instructor, a passionate paddler that you will regularly find on many of Yukon’s River wearing her trademark “on the water grin”. Sarah grew in Whitehorse, Yukon where family vacations were spent on a dog sled or in a canoe. She enjoys the  exhilarating challenge of paddling whitewater and travelling… Continue reading Sarah Murray

Richard Malvasio

Richard scouting canyon on Tyers River

Richard (Reechard) has been part of the Yukan Canoe team since the beginning in 1999. He is a passionate paddler & instructor. He has been an integral part of the success of Yukan Canoe and has shared his passion for paddling with hundreds of students. I’ve always thought canoeing was a very neat way to… Continue reading Richard Malvasio