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Big Salmon River Canadian Wilderness Canoe Trip

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 11 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 10 people
Destination(s): Yukon  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting  
Season: August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1495 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1545 US Dollar (USD)

The Big Salmon River is a favorite experience for Yukon visitors who want a wilderness canoeing experience that won't break the bank. The put-in and take-out of the Big Salmon are both accessible by road, so the absence of float plane ride makes it more affordable. The Big Salmon is a river of varied experiences. You get to canoe across large Yukon lakes, through sections of small intimate river in the upper reaches, through playful faster-flowing sections in the middle, with a little bit of easy whitewater thrown in for excitement. In the final days of the journey you paddle on the historical Yukon River. Add to this the opportunity to add a day-hike into the Big Salmon Range of the Pelly Mountains and you have an ideal choice for a beginner, or price-conscious traveler.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Whitehorse, Yukon. Hopefully you enjoyed your travels and have arrived safely in Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital city, nestled among the wilderness. Please arrive in Whitehorse in time for an orientation meeting at 8:30 pm the night before our departure. Guests are responsible for accommodation and meals while in Whitehorse. Whitehorse is a splendid little city and we recommend booking some additional time at either the beginning or the end of your trip to see Whitehorse. If you wish to fish on your trip but, have not had a chance to purchase a Yukon fishing license, you should do so this evening. Your guides will let you know where they can be purchased.

Day 2: Our staff will pick you up from your hotels starting at 7:00 am. Participants need to have finished their breakfast by this time. Any final details will be dealt with and we will depart by 8:00 am. We will travel southeast along the Alaska Highway towards our put-in at Quiet Lake. At Johnson’s Crossing we will turn north off the Alaska Highway and on to the South Canol Road, arriving at Quite Lake by about 1:00 pm. Here we will enjoy our lunch, unpack our boats and gear and say goodbye to our shuttle driver.

After lunch we will have some introductory canoe lessons for those of you who are beginners and a refresher for clients with previous canoeing experience. Our trip begins as we paddle north on Quiet Lake, living behind the road for the next 10 days. We will make our camp that night on the north end of Quite Lake and enjoy the mountain views. Includes: (L, D).

Day 3: After breakfast we will exit Quiet Lake and enter a short section of the Sand River. Here we will continue to work on the canoeing skills we will need to paddle safely on the Big Salmon River. Next we will paddle through Sand Lake before we enter Big Salmon Lake. Here we will either camp for the night or push on to the outflow of the Big Salmon River. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 4: After breakfast we will commence our first full day of canoeing on the Big Salmon River. Includes: (B, L, D).

Days 5-9: We continue canoeing on the Big Salmon River arriving to the now-abandoned Big Salmon Village at the confluence of the Big Salmon and Yukon Rivers. Depending on our speed of travel, we may take a lay-over day during these 5 days and partake in an alpine day-hike. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 10: We depart Big Salmon Village on the majestic and much larger Yukon River, heading northwest towards Carmacks. The huge clay-cliffs carved into this broad valley are impressive and the river travels at a consistently brisk pace, effortlessly eating away the remaining miles. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 11: We will paddle into Carmacks for the conclusion of our trip. Our staff will meet us and shuttle us back to Whitehorse by approximately 6:00 pm. End of trip. Dinner and hotel not included in Whitehorse. Includes: (B, L).

- Dates:
* June 30 - July 9
* July 21-30
* August 11-20
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Fishing Opportunities: Excellent Fishing (lake trout, arctic grayling, northern pike)
- Often our guests choose to come to the Yukon several days early, or to depart several days after their wilderness vacation. Therefore we don't include accommodation in Whitehorse in order to provide flexibility for our guests. If you prefer, we can easily arrange your hotel accommodations in Whitehorse and add these details to your itinerary.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transportation from Whitehorse to Quiet Lake put-in on Day 1
- Transportation to Whitehorse from Carmacks on Day 10
- Meals starting lunch Day 1, ending lunch Day 10
- Eating utensils, bowls, and mug, and group kitchen equipment
- Tents, canoes, paddles, personal flotation device
- Services of our guide
- All necessary safety equipment.

Note: Custom pricing available for groups of 6 or more clients who sign up together as a group.

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