“The summer – no sweeter was ever;
The sunshiny woods all a thrill;
The grayling aleap in the river,
The bighorn asleep on the hill.
The strong life that never knows harness;
The wilds where the caribou call;
The freshness, the freedom, the farness -
Oh God! How I’m stuck on it all.”
Robert Service – The Spell of the Yukon
The Wind River is part of the Peel River Watershed, traditional territory of the Nacho N’y’ak Dun and Tetl’it Gwich’in First Nations – and an area up for protection and conservation due to its unique ecosystem and and pristine wilderness setting. This river is remote and one of the famous rivers of the Peel River Watershed. You will be experiencing amazing wildlife viewing opportunities, crystal-clear streams, enormous untouched animal habitat. This river trip will be two weeks of the most authentic wilderness travel.
The Upper Wind is located within the Mackenzie Mountains Eco-region. It starts in the high elevation of the Wernecke Mountains, and eventually braids and meanders into its lower sections as it crosses the Peel River Plateau. This river boasts swift currents with sharp bends as well as the occasional Class II rapid. Paddlers must pay close attention as sometimes the relatively flat surface hides the trickiest and most technical water.
Much of this region is at a high elevation and is either unvegetated rock or scree, or alpine tundra and birch-willow schrubland. This invites us to hike up grand slopes and lonely valleys, to scenic plateaus and peaks with experience mind-boggling views over an area unparalleled in the world.
The Wind River is a remote river with high recreational values that appeals to those outdoor enthusiast seeking a wilderness river in a northern setting.
The Porcupine Caribou herd utilizes the river as winter range and mountain caribou are found year round. There is a sizable population of Dall Sheep that utilize the mineral licks along the river. Moose and grizzly are found throughout the river valley.
|Duration:||15 days / 14 nights McClusky Lake to Taco Bar|
|Distance:||200 Kilometers (125 Miles)|
|Difficulty:||Intermediate Canoeist – Whitewater Class II|
|Tour Dates:||June 30th – July 14th, 2013
July 28th – August 11th
August 4th – 18th, 2013
|Price:||$ 4,895.00 (CAN) per person + 5% GST|
|Additional Cost:||Single room/tent $350.00 per person + 5% GST.|
|Group Size:||Minimum 5 + Guide
Maximum 9 + Guide
Arrival in Whitehorse. Up North Adventure’s shuttle will greet you at the airport. Meet the other trip participants that night, when your guide will verify your personal gear and go through any last minute questions. Participants are then invited to explore the City of Whitehorse, enjoy a good meal or take in some historic sights around town on their own. Enjoy your first night in Whitehorse in a hotel (included in price) located in downtown, within walking distance to all attractions and restaurants for your first evening.
We are heading North. Our shuttle van brings you through the heart of the Yukon. At Mayo, we unload the canoes and get all gear ready to go into the float plane waiting to take us north into the wilderness. McClusky Lake is our destination for today. Weather permitting we will reach it’s shores in the early evening, which gives us time to set up camp, get the fire going and cook supper. Blown away by the majestic mountains surrounding us, hungry for more of it and satisfied to see it tomorrow, we will retire for our first night in the wilderness.
Getting up is easy – we long to explore this magnificent country. We start with a hearty breakfast, then break camp. A short portage brings us to a nearby creek. Where we will load all gear in our canoes and the adventure starts. This creek may be low and we may need to line our boats for part way. Finally we reach the Wind River itself. Opalescent blue waters and a good current awaits us. We set off.
The days are ours to enjoy. Tight corners and sweepers cannot hold us back. We navigate the upper waters of the Wind River with wild abandon, while the rugged Wernecke Mountains stand guard on both sides.
Day 4 – 11:
True wilderness wraps itself around us. We get immersed in a world beyond description: lonely and remote, but still full of life and plants. Incredible mountain scenery invites us to stop and explore their heights. Our daily chores of camping, paddling and resting quickly turn into routine. We become one in the group and are reminded of the life the voyageur people lived when exploring this whole country, more than 100 of years ago. We help, we share and we admire together. Our trip leads us through traditional territory of the Nacho N’y’ak Dun and Tetl’it Gwich’in First Nations in the most authentic way possible.
The following days are filled with fun filled paddling hours and exciting long hikes with rewarding incredible views. Mysterious evenings around the campfire follow, while we listen to the hooting of owls, the faint howling of wolves and all the other voices of the night. Just being here instills a feeling of happiness, that is truly rare in today’s world.
Day 12 – 13:
Our days on the Wind River come to an end. We have left the mountainous landscape behind and are getting delivered into the famous Peel River, after which the whole watershed area is named. The Peel ‘s broader waters will eventually show us to some fine Class II rapids. The last days we are in for a nice whitewater ride through the Lower Peel Canyon.
We are seasoned now, and would really rather like to stay out here. However the pick-up point comes ever closer. On the gravely shores of “Taco Bar” we set up our last camp. Looking back on two weeks of true wilderness adventure makes the arrival of the float plane somewhat easier. We can always come back!
The pilot takes us to Mayo, where Up North’s shuttle van waits for our ride back to Whitehorse. One last time we watch Yukon’s heartland glide by our window in its full glamor. In Whitehorse we settle back into civilization and a cozy night at your hotel.
The airport shuttle timely delivers you to your southbound flight.
We have to say our “Good-Byes” and Thanks for being part of our summer!
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Due to the expeditionary nature of this program, changes to the itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide. All attempts will be made to complete the trip within the outlined timeline.