Camping on the Big Salmon River. I took this shot around 9 pm in mid-October (really late in the season for a far-north canoe trip). On our seven-day trip, we woke up to snow three times. Paddling so late in the year, we saw lots of wildlife including three wolf encounters. The women in the picture is my partner Terri Cairns, and the tent is an old school Bill Mason campfire tent. Made of canvas, it is a great tent, as you can keep the side open to sleep under the stars, and have a warm fire at your door to keep you toasty warm.
Peter Mather grew up in the wilderness of the far North, hunting, fishing and exploring. It wasn’t until his university years in the ‘90s, however, that the Whitehorse, Yukon-based photojournalist picked up Bill Mason’s classic Path of the Paddle. Absorbed in the canoe legend’s book, Mather was hooked. He’s since spent his summers exploring the Yukon’s remote rivers by canoe and camera, his photos focused on wilderness conservation and outdoor adventure. Highlights for C&K include his coverage of the threatened Peel watershed. (Last cover: Aug. 2013)