After brief instructions on how to paddle, and ensuring that everyone has a properly fitted personal flotation devices, we will load our canoes and set adrift on the river. As we paddle northwest the Yukon River affords us views of approaching Grey Mountain, which overlooks Whitehorse. Large cliffs of sand and clay line the river as it cuts a swath through the scenic valley. The water is crystal clear and you can mark our swift progress against the bottom of the river. Our large canoe affords ample opportunity to put down your paddle and take pictures. The river will do most of the work. Part way through the paddle we will stop for a rest and a wilderness meal. Homemade sandwiches with local Yukon ingredients, fresh fruits and vegetables and dips, juices, sweet treats and hot drinks await us as we relax and soak in the ambiance of the river. After a satisfying lunch we will be back on the River. Soon we will enter Miles Canyon and the walls of rock will close in on us as the river becomes deeper, much narrower, and fast. We will zip through the canyon, and arrive at Schwatka Lake with views of Grey Mountain. After a short paddle across the lake our journey comes to a completion. Transportation will be provided back to your accommodation in the Whitehorse area.
- Dates: June through Mid-September by appointment
- Length: 35 km (approximately 8 hours, including a meal break)
- Skill Level: Beginner (appropriate for all ages)
- Fishing Opportunities: Fair (Grayling and Northern Pike) You can fish during meal break and troll as we travel.
What to bring:
- Rain Jacket
- Rain Pants (optional)
- Wind Layer
- Warm Top (wool or fleece)
- Sun hat
- Warm hat (optional)
- Outdoor synthetic clothing is best
- Camera and extra batteries.
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Canada Yukon Outdoor: Water Drifter Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting