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Teslin and Yukon River Cedar Canoe

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 16 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 10 people
Destination(s): Yukon  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1500 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2995 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

This 16-day wilderness voyage takes participants on a trip through time and wilderness. The Yukon and Teslin Rivers embody the history of the Yukon. The Yukon River served as the main transportation corridor of the Yukon and Alaska for both First Nations and early gold seekers. As you travel first the Teslin River and then the Yukon River you will gain an understanding of the Yukon’s rich frontier history from the Gold Rush of 1898 through to the stern wheeler riverboat era. Many artifacts remain along the riverbanks for canoeists to experience first-hand. The Yukon is a deep and broad river steeped in history and is therefore a perfect setting to use our hand-built cedar canoes. Our cedar canoes are propelled with hand-carved hardwood paddles of cherry, walnut and maple.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Whitehorse, Yukon. Hopefully you have enjoyed your travels and 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 meet you at your hotels starting at 7:00 am. You will need to finish your breakfast by this time (not included). We will answer any final questions and depart Whitehorse by 8:00 am. We will leave Whitehorse via the Alaska Highway driving southeast for 1.5 hours to Johnson’s Crossing. Here we will launch our cedar canoes upon the mighty Teslin River, which flows north from Teslin Lake. Teslin Lake’s southern bay extends deep into British Columbia and represents the southeastern headwaters, or the east fork of the Yukon River. Includes: (L, D).

Days 3-4: Over the next two days we will travel north. The Teslin River starts as a wide and slow river. It is crystal clear to start with and you can watch the river bottom as you float downriver. As it winds its way towards the confluence with the Yukon River you will have views of the Salmon Mountains. The river soon picks up sediment from the clay cliffs it cuts through and you can no longer track your progress on the river bottom.

The Teslin has gentle, flat, moving water with occasional standing waves and very easy small rapids that may be not be even noticeable in higher water. When the Teslin River merges with the Yukon River you will appreciate the Yukon’s stronger current and notice the brilliant aqua blue-green color. The abandoned village of Hootalinqua lies at the confluence. We will stop to see the relic of the Steamship Evelyn. Includes: (B, L, D).

Days 5-9: After passing the confluence of the Yukon River’s famous section known as “The Thirty-Mile River”, we continue our historic journey on the Yukon River proper, traveling each day when the weather is best, taking advantage of the long northern summer days, and enjoying good meals and fine company while resting in camp. On the morning of the eighth day we will arrive in the town of Carmacks, ending our first leg of the journey. At this point in the trip clients will have the option of continuing on an additional 390 km (242 miles) for the second leg of the trip that will take us to Dawson City.

New paddlers may be joining our canoe party as we reprovision with fresh food and enjoy a riverside barbecue lunch brought to us by our staff. Clients who have only booked to canoe with us as far as Carmacks will be transported back to their accommodations in Whitehorse. By late afternoon we will depart Carmacks and make camp somewhere downriver. Includes: (B, L, D).

Days 10-16: Over the next eight days we will continue our journey north passing such famous locations as the Five Finger Rapids (not as scary as it sounds), Fort Selkirk, the Yukon Field Force Site, the Steward Island Museum, and then finally Dawson itself. We will arrive in Dawson City on the morning of the sixteenth day by mid-morning. Clients will have several hours to explore Dawson City and enjoy a provided picnic lunch on the embankment of the Yukon River before departing for Whitehorse by mid-afternoon.

We will stop in the village of Carmacks for dinner (not provided) and will return to Whitehorse by 10:00 pm. Clients who wish to remain in Dawson City to explore the unique and fascinating gold rush community are encouraged to do so. There is no shortage of accommodation options as well as numerous local sightseeing companies that can accommodate all your needs. Includes: (B, L).

- Dates:
* Section A and B: August 19 – September 2
* Section A: August 19–26
* Section B: August 26 - September 2 (custom dates available)
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Fishing Opportunities: Excellent (northern pike, arctic grayling, inconnu, whitefish)
- All meals included in this itinerary are listed as: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner
- 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:
* 2995 CAD, 5% GST for 16-day trip
* 1495 CAD, 5% GST for 7-8-day half-trip option
* 50 CAD, 5% GST surcharge for single occupancy.

Price Includes:
- Transportation from Whitehorse to Johnson’s Crossing on Day 1 or from Whitehorse to Carmacks on Day 8
- Transportation to Whitehorse from Dawson City on Day 15 or from Carmacks to Whitehorse on Day 8
- Meals starting lunch Day 1, ending lunch Day 8 or lunch Day 15
- Eating utensils, bowls, and mug, and group kitchen equipment
- Tents, canoes, paddles, personal flotation device
- Services of a our guide
- All necessary safety equipment.

Note: Custom pricing available for groups of six or more clients.

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