Our custom 34-foot support vessel "The Yukon Rose" allows us to reach the spectacular scenery of Atlin Lake, British Columbia in style and increased safety. Kayak as much or as little as you wish and know that you will still get to a warm and comfortable camp each night, regardless of the weather, or your energy level. "The Yukon Rose" will be there to assist you or give you a lift to camp. Our wilderness camps include the increased comfort of large standing-room tents, raised sleeping cots, sit-down washroom, and bug and rain shelter aboard our vessel.
Atlin Lake is a freshwater sea kayaking paradise in northern British Columbia only a two-hours drive from Whitehorse, Yukon. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and glaciers, your adventure unfolds. First by kayak we paddle among glacial-blue waters, islands and bays, and then we have an option to day-hike into the toe of the LLewellyn Glacier. After our glacier-viewing day-trip we continue touring around this spectacular freshwater kayaking terrain.
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.
Day 2: Scenic Cruise, Sloko Island. 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 climb aboard "The Yukon Rose", loaded with our caming gear and kayaks and begin a sight-seeing tour towards the southern reaches of Atlin Lake. As we travel we will have vistas of Teresa Island, the world's tallest fresh-water island, rising more than 1393 m (4570 ft) above the surface of Atlin Lake. We will set up a comfortable camp in the area of Sloko Island and go for an evening paddle arround this stunning island of rock, pine and deep glaicial-blue water. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 3: Copper Island and Torres Channel. Today we will awake to the mountain grandeur of Atlin Lake. Afer a delcious breakfast, we will load the kayaks aboard "The Yukon Rose", and take a short shuttle across the open expance of the lake and launch our kayaks in the sheltered openng to "Second Narrows": a convoluted strip of water surrounded by the cliffs and rocky hill tops of Copper Island, winding its way through rock and pine outcrops to connect the main body of Atlin Lake, with Torres Channel, the western-most arm of the lake.
By late afternoon we will have reached the southern terminus of Torres Channel, an area known as Willison Bay. Willson Bay, along with LLwewellyn Inlet, has the most glacially coloured water in Atlin Lake and is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery of perpetually snow-capped peaks. Here, in Willison Bay, "The Yukon Rose" awaits to return us to our camp for another fine wilderness meal and endless conversation about the haunting beauty we have seen this day! Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Llewellyn Inlet and Glacier Hike. Today we awake to yet another day of exploration. Heading west from Sloko Island on "The Yukon Rose", we will enter the steep-sided Llewellyn Inlet, with its numerous small waterfalls cascading in from the mountain sides. Here we will launch our kayaks, or if your arms are still tired from the previous day's paddle, you are welcome to stay aboard and see the impressive views of LLewellyn Inlet from the protected cabin aboard our suport vessel. At the head of the inlet we will make landfall and 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 "The Yukon Rose" and enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing, or commence on a six-hour round-trip hike to the toe of the glacier where we will get an up-close view of the glacier’s terminal edge. Here 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. Once the intrepid hikers have returned we will have a short 45-minute voyage back to our base-camp for a delicious meal that hopefully includes some freshly caught trout from the lake. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Sloko Island. Today we will explore, with the suppport of "The Yukon Rose", the inlets and hidden bays of Sloko Inlet, the southern most terminus of Atlin Lake and come to rest once again on the scenic and beautiful Sloko Island by day’s end. We will round out our day with a celabratory feast, commemorating our time on this magical lake. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Bastion Island. After an early breakfast we will pack our gear aboard "The Yukon Rose" and commence our final paddle, this time heading north towards the highly scenic Bastion Island. There in a sheltered cove, we will rendezvous with our vessel and enjoy our final wilderness lunch, before loading the kayaks one last time and cruising 2-3 hours back to Atlin. After a final look around Atlin we will drive 2.5 hours back to Whitehorse to arrive by 7:00-8:00 pm. Includes: (B), (L).
* July 11-15
* August 1-5 (custom dates available)
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Fishing Opportunities: Excellent (lake trout, arctic grayling, whitefishing)
- 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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