About the Owner

Jill Pangman has 30 years of experience as a wilderness guide, outdoor educator, biologist, naturalist, and conservationist. Her passion is in exploring wild places and sharing these experiences with others. She recognizes the capacity of wilderness sojourns to rejuvenate and inspire, and to deepen our connection to the natural world as well as to ourselves. She expresses her own love of nature, and her commitment to the healing of our world through her guiding, parenting, writing, photography and conservation-oriented work. She has immense gratitude for the beauty of nature as well as the human spirit, and she finds that leading journeys into the wilderness is an ideal venue to share this appreciation.

Jill is currently president of CPAWS-Yukon (the Yukon chapter of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society), and is Vice- President of WTAY (the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon). She has found an outlet, through both these organizations, as well as through Sila Sojourns, to speak out on behalf of the natural world. She does this whether she is actively engaged in a protected areas campaign, lending a conservation voice to tourism industry concerns, or through sharing her insights, and laughter, with fellow wilderness travellers.

“My passion for wilderness and wildlife, as well as for people, has been the strongest influence in my life. I have travelled around the world exploring, and working in,  different ecosystems and cultures, yet I have chosen the Yukon to be my home. I have chosen the Yukon, not only because I personally feel a great sense of freedom and opportunity here, and enjoy  the community of people I share this land with, but  also  because it is stunningly beautiful and most of it still wild. I love the fact that I could walk out my door and be gone for months if I wanted to,  into a roadless tract of wild country, where wildlife still has room to roam.”