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Yukon River Cedar Canoe Voyage

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 16 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Yukon  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1495 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 River embodies the history of the Yukon. It served as the main transportation corridor of the Yukon and Alaska for both First Nations and early gold-seekers. As you travel 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 or maple.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: 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. We will answer any final questions and depart Whitehorse by 8:00 am from Rotary Park. We will paddle out of town passing numerous business locations, industrial lands, and small residences. But soon enough the hustle and bustle of Whitehorse will fade into the background and the Yukon River will take on its wilderness character. We will paddle north into Lake Laberge, famed location of the final grizzly moments of Robert Service’s poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee”. We will camp somewhere on the eastern shore of this huge 30-mile-long lake and await the sunset that may never come in this land of the midnight sun! Includes: (L, D).

Day 3: We will continue our journey north on Lake Laberge, admiring views of the Miners Range to the West, if the lake permits us good weather. If not we will wait in camp for the weather to improve and for the lake to calm. In the land of the midnight sun we need not push our luck on the large and cold Lake Laberge. We should arrive somewhere close to the north end of the lake by day’s end. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 4: Today we will enter a section of the Yukon River known as the Thirty-Mile River. Here the Yukon is still a relatively small river and as such this section of river laid claim to more groundings and destruction to the White Pass and Yukon Route fleet of river steamers during the 60 years that these large, flat-bottomed ships moved people and freight up and down the Yukon River from Whitehorse to the Bering Sea. Includes: (B, L, D).

Days 5-8: After completing The Thirty-Mile River we will pass the confluence of the Teslin River, at least as large as the Yukon when its enters from the southeast. We continue our historic journey, 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 for another 390 km (242 miles) for the second leg of the trip that will take us to Dawson City. New paddlers may be joining our journey as we re-provision with fresh food and enjoy a riverside barbecue lunch brought to us by our staff. Clients who have chosen to canoe with us only 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 9-16: Except day 16 when dinner is not included. 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 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, but advanced booking is recommended. Includes: (B, L, D).

- Custom dates available
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Fishing Opportunities: Excellent (northern pike, lake trout, arctic grayling, whitefish, inconnu)
- All meals included in this itinerary are listed as B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- 2995 CAD, 5% GST for 16-day trip or
- 1495 CAD, 5% GST for 8-day option
- 50 CAD, 5% GST single occupancy surcharge.

Price Includes:
- Transportation from Whitehorse to the Yukon River on day 1 or from Whitehorse to Carmacks on day 8
- Transportation to Whitehorse from Dawson City on day 16 or from Carmacks to Whitehorse on day 8
- Meals starting lunch day 1, ending lunch day 8 or lunch day 16
- Eating utensils, bowls, and mug, and group kitchen equipment
- Tents, canoes, paddles, personal flotation device
- Services of our guide.

Note: Custom pricing available for groups of 6 or more participants who 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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