Day 1: 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 Whitehorse by 8:00 am. Our route will see us driving southeast along the Alaska Highway and then south on the Atlin Road through the Southern Lakes District of the Yukon, known for its large wilderness mountain-clad lakes and deep, clean waters. We should arrive in Atlin British Columbia by late morning. We will have some time to walk around and explore this highly scenic village.
If you are interested in fishing in Atlin Lake you will need to purchase a British Columbia fishing license before leaving Atlin. You guides will show you where they are sold. Next we will continue on for a half-hour drive to our launching place at Warm Bay, passing vistas of the Llewellyn Glacier, which we will see up close later in the trip. From Warm Bay we will point our kayaks south as we glide across arguably the prettiest lake in Canada’s north. Camping that night will be in the vicinity of Pike Bay, with vistas of Teresa Island, the world's tallest fresh-water island, rising more than 1393 m (4570 feet) above the surface of Atlin Lake. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Today we will awake to the mountain grandeur of Atlin Lake. If the lake is calm, we will continue paddling south. As we travel the color of the water will slowly change to a dazzling teal shade that is a product of the glacial silt entering the lake from the Llewellyn Glacier. We will make camp that night in the area of Janus Point. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: As we continue south the character of Atlin Lake changes with the appearance of more exposed rock, inlets and islands. This is the terrain of dreams for kayak lovers, with so many options for exploration. Camp tonight will be in the vicinity of Bastion Island. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Today we will explore the inlets and bays of the southern end of Atlin Lake and come to rest on the scenic and beautiful Sloko Island by day’s end. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Llewellyn Glacier Hike: Heading west from Sloko Island we will enter the steep-sided Llewellyn Inlet, with its numerous small waterfalls cascading in from the mountain sides. At the head on the inlet we will set our camp and them commence to hike towards the Llewellyn Glacier. After 15 minutes we will come upon an impressive vista overlooking the glacier. At this point we can either return to our camp and enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing, or commence on a six-hour round-trip hike to the glacier’s face. Here we will get an up-close view of the glacier’s terminal face where it actively calves small icebergs into Glacial Lake Llewellyn. Supportive hiking shoes are required for the hike and participants will definitely get wet feet as we ford several glacial streams before reaching the glacier’s face. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: After a delicious breakfast we say goodbye to Llewellyn Inlet and begin our journey north towards Warm Bay, exploring the lake’s western inlets of Copper Island. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Crossing Atlin Lake from island to island we reach again the eastern side of the lake finding camp on the islands near Moose Bay. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Today we paddle north and select a camp just short of Warm Bay. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: After an early breakfast we will finish our paddle to Warm Bay and be met by our staff who will shuttle us back to the town of Atlin for a picnic lunch. After lunch and a little time to look around Atlin we will drive 3 hours back to Whitehorse to arrive by 5:00 pm. Your hotel room is not included tonight, but we would be happy to arrange accommodation for you. Includes: (B), (L).
Note: All meals included in this itinerary are listed as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.
Custom pricing available for groups of six or more clients that book together. 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.
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