Hi, I’m Murray Lundberg, a retired motorcoach driver/guide and cruise consultant who continues to travel extensively as a cruise ship speaker, writer and photographer. With my wife, Cathy, 2 dogs and a cat, I live on forested acreage at the edge of Whitehorse, the capital of Canada’s Yukon. Two rescue dogs, Bella, a Sheltie/husky cross, and Tucker, an adorable little black mutt of some sort, are our companions for all of our RV adventures and most of my solo hiking expeditions into the backcountry.
I’ve been active in nature and heritage conservation efforts since the late 1970s. In 1985 I visited the Yukon and Alaska, flying my own small plane, and fell in love with the country – five years later, I moved to Whitehorse. I’ve travelled extensively, conducted educational tours throughout the Yukon, Alaska and the western Northwest Territories, and have been an occasional speaker on cruise ships in both Alaska and the Caribbean since 2005. I’ve written a local mining history, Fractured Veins & Broken Dreams, a smaller book about the Alaska Highway, and a guide to South Klondike Highway. I have also edited several Northern titles including “Mackenzie Breakup” and “The Life and Times of Digger Cook”.
Heavily involved in community affairs for many years, I was an Auxiliary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1994-1997, and have served on several community boards including Block Parents, the Whitehorse Heritage Advisory Board and the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race. I also served as an elected member of the South Klondike Local Advisory Council while living full-time in Carcross for several years.
A self-described “late bloomer,” I returned to school at the age of 41, and graduated from Yukon College in the field of Northern Justice and Criminology.
I came to the conclusion many years ago that I was born a Northerner, it just took me 40 years to get home! The more of this amazing land I see, the further I want to explore, and since opening my first Web site in 1997, the Internet has allowed me to share that passion. Most of my travel writing appears here on The ExploreNorth Blog (though for a while I was writing for Destination BC’s HelloBC Blog), while my main ExploreNorth site is home to my other writing, mostly about Yukon and Alaska history.
To contact me, email: yukonalaska @ gmail.com (remove the spaces, of course)