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Spring Wildlife River Journey

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 15 people
Destination(s): Yukon  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: May - July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1945 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1995 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Birds, and waterfowl will be migrating through the area, and bears are seen frequently as they are drawn to south-facing grass banks which are common along the river, in search of the first new shoots of green vegetation. Not only black bears, but grizzly, who have not yet returned to the mountains because there are still large quantities of snow at higher elevations. Bugs are virtually non-existent at this time of year as we are ahead of the hatch, and we will see very few people on the river. 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 freighter canoes, equipped with quiet 4-stroke motors allow us to bring along more creature comforts for camp and allow us greater opportunity for hiking, as we can cover some of our distance under power.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Whitehorse, Yukon. 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.

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: Our staff will meet you at your hotels starting at 7:30 am. Please have your breakfast (not included) finished before this time. We will answer any final questions and depart Whitehorse by 8:00 am. Our travels will take us west for a short distance from Whitehorse before turning north on the Klondike Highway which travels all the way to Dawson City. We, however, will only travel a portion of that distance by highway and the remainder of the distance upon the Yukon River. By late morning we will reach our launching spot at Minto Landing. After packing our boats we will embark on our journey through nature and time, with no more roads until we reach Dawson City. Includes: (L), (D).

Days 3-7: Over the next seven days we will continue our journey north passing such famous locations as Fort Selkirk, the Yukon Field Force Site, the Steward Island Museum, and others. Most days will include hikes of a few hours on the many ridges that are common along the river. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: We will arrive in Dawson City today 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 (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. We can also add airfare back to Whitehorse to your package and extra nights accommodation in Dawson City. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

- Dates: May 12-19
- All meals included in this itinerary are listed as: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- 1945 CAD per person, 5% GST (double occupancy)
- 1995 CAD per person, 5% GST (single occupancy).

Price Includes:
- Transportation from Whitehorse to the Yukon River on "Day 1" and from Dawson City to Whitehorse on "Day 8"
- Meals starting lunch "Day 1", ending lunch "Day 8"
- Eating utensils, bowls, and mug, and group kitchen equipment
- Tents, freighter canoes equipped with quiet 4-stroke motors, paddles, personal flotation device
- Services of a guide per freighter canoe
- All necessary safety equipment.

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