People in Yukon are mourning a father and son who died in a float plane crash in North Battleford, Sask., Thursday.

Shane Buchanan, 40, was a bush pilot, about to expand his family outfitting business, while his father Chuck Buchanan, 63, was working towards retirement.

The two were well known in the Yukon hunting community.


Shane Buchanan of Yukon, who owned an outfitting company, died in a float plane crash with his father in North Battleford, Sask., June 13. (Moon Lake Outfitters)

Over more than 40 years in Carcross, the Buchanan family built a theme park that's now the biggest tourist attraction in the region, featuring Yukon wildlife over the centuries.  

The Buchanan family taxidermy skills were legendary and their museum features some of the biggest animals ever harvested in the North.

Shane Buchanan and his wife Hanna had struck out on their own, operating Moon Lake Outfitters, a big game outfitting business just south of the Yukon border.

His father was helping him fly home a newly-acquired four-seater float plane when they crashed Thursday.

Yukon MP Ryan Leef knew Shane through his days in the outfitting business. Leef flew back to Whitehorse Thursday night as soon as he heard the news.