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Guided Wind River Expedition

15 days / 14 nights   6 Guests / Guide   Difficulty: Intermediate Canoeist – Whitewater Class II   200 Kilometers (125 Miles)

Relive the past in the adventures of the present! The Yukon River is best known for assisting the gold seekers during the exciting Klondike Gold Rush. You will see relics of several steamships, old settler cabins and gold dredges on the banks along the river. As you paddle down this historic river you will canoe through many famous Yukon landmarks such as Lake Laberge (made famous by poet Robert Service), Thirty Mile River and Hootalinqua, a historic North West Mounted Police outpost. The Yukon flows north all the way to the Bering Strait through some of the wildest terrain in the world!

The Yukon River twists and turns through a vast and beautiful natural landscape. Starting upriver from Lake Laberge in the stunning Yukon Plateau region, you will admire the endless wilderness surrounding you, where grizzly bear, wolf, moose, caribou, wolverine, mink, bald eagle, marten and beaver roam. Relax after a day of paddling while casting your lure for “the big catch” of the day or just enjoy the serene setting. The Yukon River Expedition will take you down the swift waters from Lake Laberge to Dawson City. At the end of your journey you will spend the better part of two days and a night in Dawson City where you will have the opportunity to live and play like the gold seekers did over 100 years ago! The Yukon River Expedition is a fascinating and pleasurable river adventure for both the beginner and intermediate canoeist.

Day 1:
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.

Day 2:
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.

Day 3:
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 Na-Cho Nyäk Dun and Tetlit 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 Chuu Tr’idaoodíich’uu (known as the Lower Peel Canyon).

Day 14:
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.

Day 15:
The airport shuttle timely delivers you to your southbound flight.

Notes:
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.

Logistics

  • 15 days
  • Intermediate Paddling Level
  • Maximum guide ratio 6:1
  • Summer 2021 Rate: $6,955 (CAD) per person + GST (federal tax)

Included

  • Certified, knowledgeable and experienced river guide
  • Rental and transportation of canoes and equipment
  • Overland shuttle to and from the river
    Safety equipment including satellite phone
  • All meals while on the trip
  • Airport shuttle pick-up in Whitehorse
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Whitehorse prior to the trip
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Dawson City
  • 1 day and night in Dawson City
  • Entrance fee to Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Show in Dawson City
    1-night hotel accommodation in Whitehorse after the trip
  • Tents, cooking and shared camping equipment

Not Included

  • Meals while staying in Whitehorse or Dawson City
  • Transportation to and from Whitehorse
  • Fishing license and fishing equipment
    Sleeping equipment (Sleeping bags and mattress) and personal equipment
  • Gratuities for guides

There’s a land where the mountains are nameless,
And the rivers all run God knows where

Spell of the Yukon by Robert Service