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Canoeing expedition on the Liard River


Paddle the rarely traveled upper reaches of the mighty Liard River on this canoeing adventure in northern BC and the Yukon.  

Join us on this great Yukon canoe trekking on the rarely traveled upper reaches of the mighty Liard River. The Liard River canoeing adventure starts with a spectacular float plane ride to Caribou Lakes.

We’ll camp at the lakes for two days before we set out on the Liard River. You can practice your paddling strokes, explore the small lakes, fish and hike and enjoy the quiet of this remote wilderness. Hundreds of miles of solitude Yukon wilderness are lying ahead of you. We’ll camp on the banks of the Liard River, and cook a delicious meal on the campfire every evening.

Canoeing the Liard River involves skirting sweepers, sleepers, log jams and a few gravel bars, so stay alert! The crystal clear water, great fishing and ample wildlife make canoeing the Liard River a very special experience indeed. Join us on this awesome (and our guide’s favourite) canoe expedition and make memories that last a life time.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
River Canoeing
SEASON

July to August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
11
GUIDE INFORMATION

This is a fully guided expedition by a licensed wilderness guide.

RESTRICTIONS

Liard River has no rapids, but be aware this is a wild river in a remote wilderness. Some canoeing skill is requiered to navigate the tight passages and log piles.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag and pad, meals and beverages while staying at the hotel.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon.  Package includes airport transfers and flight to Caribou Lakes by floatplane.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures can average anywhere from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Mini van transportation, driver and guide, tents, canoeing and group, camping equipment, floatplane flight to Caribou Lakes, safety equipment, all fees and licenses.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm jacket, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hiking boots, sneakers, hat, fleece underclothes.  Bring sturdy and well broken-in hiking footwear.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, pocketknife.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are two nights in a local hotel in Whitehorse and tent camping along the route. 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals while on the trail are included.  Meals while staying at the hotel are not included.

Jul 19, 2018 - Jul 30, 2018
$3295.00 / per person - CAD
Double occupancy. Single supplement is $215.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation. The balance of the fee is due 30 days prior to the start of the trip. Cancellation fees are as follows: Until 30 days before departure: 20% of the total amount 29 to 15 days before departure: 50% of the total amount, 14 days or less before departure and less: 100% of the total amount.

Jul 19, 2018 - Jul 30, 2018

Day 1

We greet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel in downtown Whitehorse. In the evening your guide will meet with you and explain the details and getting prepared for canoeing the Yukon River. Of course, he will advise /assist you packing your dry bags.

Day 2

Today we'll fly by float plane to the headwaters of the Liard River. This flight offers incredible views of the Teslin and Nisutlin Rivers and the various mountain ranges in between. We'll set up our first camp on the shores of Caribou Lakes - a great spot for exploring the surrounding lake system. You will have no problems falling asleep in this quiet wilderness after such an exciting day.

Day 3

Days 3-10: We'll practice and play around on the lakes at the headwaters of the Liard River for a full day before setting out on our river adventure. The Caribou Lakes have many Northern Pike and in the connecting river we'll fish for Arctic Grayling and Dolly Varden. The first day we'll paddle down a small creek. Depending on the water level, we may have to line our canoes. Once we are on the Liard River, the increased water flow will add momentum to our paddling experience. We will not encounter rapids or portages, but we will have to be alert for sweepers, sleepers, log jams or unexpected gravel bars at all times. This river is seldom traveled and therefore our chances of seeing wildlife are very good. We'll look for moose, grizzly and black bear, Dall sheep and beaver. We'll also see many birds such as eagles, mergansers, geese, various ducks and shore birds. Weather permitting; we'll climb a mountain to enjoy the unsurpassed views taking in the whole Liard River valley with vistas in every direction.

Day 11

Our last day on the river brings us to the small native settlement of Upper Liard and the bridge of the Alaska Highway, about10 kilometers from Watson Lake. Here our canoe trip ends and we'll load up the waiting van. In the afternoon we'll drive back to Whitehorse (440 Km, 275 miles) and you'll stay one more night at the hotel in the heart of town.

Day 12

Today we'll make sure you will be on time at the airport for your flight home.