About us

Your Hosts

Margaret, Amanda and Chad Peterson moved north to Yellowknife with Jim Peterson in 1979. They’ve been an essential part of the family business, Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge, since 1984. And they’ve seen the City of Yellowknife grow and flourish. Combining their expertise in the hospitality business with their love of northern lore seemed like a no-brainer, and My Backyard Tours was born.

MBYT offers fully equipped new six and ten passenger vehicles and a schedule of intimate and fascinating tours in the City of Yellowknife and beyond. Margaret and Amanda are looking forward to showing you the best of this amazing area in comfort, with true northern hospitality and a generous helping of northern lore.

Please see our tours section for tour descriptions, dates and rates.

Margaret Peterson

Margaret has a contagious go-getter attitude….and there’s no adventure she’s not willing to try, beginning with moving to Yellowknife with her husband Jim, in 1979. They fell in love with the North and decided pursue a life-long dream of building a lodge where people come as guests and leave as friends. Their dream was realized and since the early 1980s they have hosted friends from all over the world. As a former employment and career development officer Margaret has friends in communities across the Northwest Territories. Margaret has many so many interests the list is too long to write – she enjoys providing a helpful hand, having fun and showing the beauty of her backyard.

Amanda Peterson

You will easily recognize Amanda from her boisterous laugh, her gregarious smile and welcoming nature. She has a love of people and desire for everyone to have a great time, so it’s no surprise that the hospitality industry was a perfect fit as a professional career choice. Her family taught her about the outdoors, and she developed a respect for the environment and appreciation for the wise management of natural resources. Amanda enjoys living ‘off-the-grid’ along the Ingraham Trail where she can easily view the northern lights and enjoy the occasional sightings of lynx, bears, moose and migratory birds. Amanda has had a taste of being a tourist herself and appreciates having personal and authentic experiences, which is something she hopes to offer you while you’re here in her backyard.

Chad Peterson

Chad Peterson, professional outdoorsman and guide with trophy lake troutYou know you’re in the best hands out on the land with Chad. He is an excellent outdoorsman. He was taught by his father, Jim, how to survive in the North’s extreme conditions, and how to hunt and fish. Chad is at home on the land and it’s easy to see how comfortable he is in this environment. When he is not guiding our guests here in Yellowknife or at Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge, he is hunting, fishing or working at First Air as an Aviation Maintenance Engineer. He is also an auto mechanic and all round great guy. Chad has traveled the world, from Bolivia and Columbia to Japan and Holland, and he loves to share his love for the north with visitors.

Trevor Newcombe

2012 Northwest Territories Tourism Customer Service Award It comes as no surprise that Trevor was awarded with Northwest Territories Tourism 2012 Customer Service Award.  Trevor’s thirst for information makes his tours interesting and educational.  He loves hiking into Cameron Falls on the Ingraham Trail and goes the extra mile for tour participants.



Clark Marcino

My Backyard Tours Guide, Clark Marcino
There are some people who are affected by the north in such a way that their original plans get thrown out the window. Clark and his partner, Joan, moved to Yellowknife just for a year or two – that was over twenty years ago! Now despite travelling extensively throughout the arctic, Clark still hasn’t exhausted the supply of new adventures. He has had memorable journeys from Fort Liard to Norman Wells and Kugluktuk, Resolute Bay to Pangnirtung, and many places in between, including a three week stint floating on the Polar Icecap. Clark is eager to share his stories and sense of wonder and awe about the Great White North!