On this fishing trip of a life-time, we experience an incredible range of fishing habitat with opportunities to pursue arctic grayling, lake trout, dolly varden, whitefish, inconnu and northern pike. This trip is timed to coincide with the beautiful fall colours season of the arctic. As we pass through the mountainous and tundra areas, they will be ablaze with a display of crimson, orange and yellow hues. Truly spectacular!
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. If you 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.
Note: 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.
Day 2: Frenchman Lake. 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 by 8:00 am. Any unnecessary gear or luggage can be left with our staff for lock-up in our secure storage facility. Our drive will take us north from Whitehorse along the Klondike Highway with views of Lake Labarge, Fox Lake and other scenic locations. After about a three-hour drive we will reach Frenchman Lake. Here we will set a camp and head out on the lake for an afternoon of northern pike and trout fishing. We will work the shallows with our large flies and 8 weight rods for pike and also work the edge of deeper water with sinking lines and lighter rods to go after the trout. We will spend the evening around the fire enjoying good food and even better company. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 3: North Klondike River and Dawson City. In the early morning we will be out on the water fishing, as one of the guides prepares a delicious campfire breakfast. After breakfast we will be on the road again heading north on the Klondike Highway, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Once we arrive at the Klondike River, just south of Dawson City, we will launch our raft and commence a floating raft fishing trip down the Klondike River. We will focus on arctic grayling, as we descend the river, working the pools and feeding lanes for these delicious and feisty fish of the north.
We will arrive in Dawson by raft, drifting into this historic community by water, just as the stampeders of 1898 did. Our hospitality guide will meet us and take us to our hotel. We will have the remainder of the evening to explore this charismatic frontier community. Dinner is not included tonight so that you can enjoy dining at one of the many delicious local restaurants in Dawson City. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Dempster Highway and Tombstone Territorial Park. After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a few more hours in Dawson City before departing at 11:00 am. We will depart Dawson heading south for a short while before turning northeast on to the famous Dempster Highway: the most northerly reaching highway in Canada. Here we will travel north for an hour to Tombstone Territorial Park Campground. We will set up a comfortable camp for the night, enjoy lunch, visit the Park Visitor Centre and spend the evening fishing for grayling from shore along the North Klondike River, surrounded by the stunning mountain scenery of the Tombstones. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Ogilvie River and Dolly Varden. Today after a delicious breakfast in the campground, we will head north on the Dempster Highway, driving all the way to the Ogilvie River, passing through the scenic Blackstone Uplands and North Ogilvie Mountains. We will set-our tents up, and then embark on an afternoon raft fishing trip down the swift flowing Ogilvie River in search of dolly varden and arctic grayling, fishing the deeper pools from the boat and from shore. Another evening of tales from the river and a delicious meal will round out our day (please note: the water levels in the Ogilvie River fluctuate extensively based on the rainfall of the summer). If water levels are low, we will fish from shore. The road travels alongside the river and provides many locations to access the river. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Ogilvie River and Richardson Mountains. This morning we have time for a second floating run down the Ogilvie River in search of dolly varden, or perhaps a little relaxation in camp, depending on your energy. By early afternoon we will be on our way again north, stopping at the Arctic Circle for a photograph and celebratory toast of Champagne before passing over the lonely and scenic Richardson Mountains. Descending out of the mountains we enter the North West Territories and the Mackenzie River Lowlands. We will cross the Peel River on a ferry and arrive to the small First Nation community of Fort McPherson where we will stay in a hotel for the night. Fort McPherson is the home of the Tetlit Gwich'in First Nation. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Travel North to Inuvik, scenic flight to Tuktoyaktuk Village of the Arctic Ocean. This morning we will head out of Fort McPherson and drive an hour east to the village of Tsiigehtchic, formerly known as Arctic Red River, located on the banks of the mighty Mackenzie River. Here we will cross the Mackenzie on a ferry boat and continue northwards to Inuvik, the northern terminus of the Dempster Highway. We will arrrive to Inuvik by early afternoon, check into our cabins at the Arctic Chalet, and embark on a scenic 40-minute flight northward over the Mackenzie Delta, arriving to the Inuvialuit community of Tuktoyaktuk.
Here we will have a two-hour guided walking tour of this arctic community perched on the edge of the Beaufort Sea, before catching our return flight to Inuvik. After dinner back at our cabin, we will have a chance to spend time with our hosts, Judi and Olav Falsnes. Olav is more than happy to share with us tales and artifacts of his many decades working in the arctic as a float plane pilot, often referred to as a "Busth Pilot". If you still have the energy, you can also meet the white huskies that call The Arctic Chalet their home. These energetic embassadors of the north will show you a welcome with wagging tails and doggy kisses! Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Mackenzie River Day Trip. Today, after and early breakfast we will meet our local river guide and head out for a day of fishing on the mighty Mackenzie River Delta. Our efforts will be focus on Inconnu, known to grow to 30 lbs in the Delta and on Northern Pike, also quite large in the Delta. We will spend a full day out on the river in search of our prey, enjoying a shore lunch, hopefully with some fresh fish. We will return to our accommodations at the Arctic Chalet in Inuvik. After freshening up, we will go out to a local Inuvik restaurant for a celebratory final dinner and our last evening of fishing stories: tales about the ones we caught and the even bigger ones that got away! Dinner is included (minus alcoholic beverages). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Today after breakfast, our scenic and exciting fishing journey together comes to an end. Your guide will start the long drive home to Whitehorse while most guests will choose to begin their journey homeward with flights departing Inuvik in the afternoon. Inuvik is well connected to southern Canada with flights to Whitehorse, Edmonton and Yellowknife. A transfer from the Arctic Chalet to the airport is included. Includes: (B).
- Dates: August 22-29 (custom dates may be arranged)
- All meals included in this itinerary are listed as: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner.
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