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Wilderness paddling adventure on a canoeing trip on the Big Salmon River in the Yukon


Paddle the Big Salmon River in southern Yukon. The 315 kilometre tour (includes about 100 km on the Yukon River) through the solitude of the Big Salmon River is a favourite canoe adventure and it is especially suitable for the novice to intermediate canoeists. Your well-trained guides introduce the participants to the proper paddle techniques on this Class 1-2 river. 

The journey begins at Quiet Lake on the South Canal Road, from where the Big Salmon winds its way through the Salmon Mountains towards the confluence with the Yukon River. Wildlife encounters along the river are quite common, and one can expect to see moose, caribou, wolf and eagle. During August and September, thousands of salmon spawn in the Big Salmon, and grizzly bears are often seen.

In the evenings you will set up camp along the river banks or on gravel bars. Meals are cooked on the open camp fire, and fresh Arctic grayling, lake trout, salmon and northern pike may be added to the menu. Hiking trips into the mountains and creek valleys can round out an exciting river journey. The canoe tour ends in Carmacks on the Yukon River, from where you take the van back to Whitehorse.

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

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

Experienced guide will accompany you and instruct on basic paddling strokes.

RESTRICTIONS

Novice to intermediate. Best suited for those with a basic level of wilderness travel. You have been on a few camping trips before and have played around in a canoe or kayak.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Warm sleeping bag (rated up to -10 degrees Celsius), sleeping pad, canvas duffel bag or backpack, 1-2 small waterproof bags.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon. 

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average between 10-22 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Canoe and camping equipment.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm jacket, rain gear, hiking boots, sneakers, gloves, bathing suit, towels and personal clothing suited to variable temperatures.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Fishing gear, tackle and license, camera, binoculars, insect repellent, daypack, sunglasses, flashlight, pocket knife.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Two nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse.  Remaining nights are in tent campsites along the river.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals on the canoe portion of the trip are included in price. Meals in the hotel are not included.

15 day tour, available June - September
$2395.00 / per person - CAD
June 3-17, Jul 15-29, Aug 26-Sep 9, 2018. Based on double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 10% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Anytime after confirmation: 10% of total, 60-30 days prior to arrival: 25% of total, 29-05 days prior to arrival: 60% of total. Within 5 days; 100% of total.

15 day tour, available June - September

Day 1

Arrive Whitehorse
Individual arrival at Whitehorse Airport. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Whitehorse. You’ll have some time to explore the city before meeting your fellow travellers and your guide at the group meeting this afternoon. Following the tour, you’ll have some time for some last minute shopping and sightseeing. Overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 2

Transfer Whitehorse - Quiet Lake
We’ll depart Whitehorse southbound on the historic Alaska Highway, completed in under a year in 1942 to aid the Pacific Front during WWII. We’ll travel to Johnson’s Crossing, famous for its giant cinnamon buns, before turning north on the Canol Road. The “Canol” was also built during the war, to aid in the construction of an oil pipeline from Norman Wells, just across the NWT border. “Boneyards” of WWII era vehicles can be found at various points along the roadsides. More striking though is the wonderful scenery, particularly as we approach Quiet Lake. There, we’ll unload the canoes and set up camp for the night. Overnight: Quiet Lake Campground

Day 3

Days 3-13: Big Salmon River Canoe Tour Begins!
This morning we’ll break camp, load the canoes and depart. The first leg of the journey takes us down Quiet Lake and Big Salmon Lake; the headwaters for the Big Salmon River. The Big Salmon is a narrow, swift moving river (up to class 2) that requires some technical paddling.

The guide will offer some training in camp, and after the first of the rapids, you’ll be an expert in no time! One of our favourite Yukon rivers, the Big Salmon offers a thrilling wilderness paddle for even the most experienced canoeist as there is something new to discover around every bend in the river. The wildlife viewing in this remote, pristine region is excellent, and moose and black bears are often spotted along the river’s banks. In the evenings, your guide will take you on short hikes to good scenic vantage points over the river and the fishing along the clear, cold Big Salmon River is excellent, and you’ll have time in the evenings to try your hand at catching the Arctic grayling and northern pike that are found in the river. In fall, there is also the opportunity to catch a Chinook salmon as they travel up the river on their annual run to spawn.

Day 14

Carmacks - Whitehorse
The last leg of our tour is on the famous Yukon River. We’ll arrive in the native village of Carmacks after 2 weeks in the Yukon backcountry. Our transfer van will be waiting for us at the pullout, and will take us back to Whitehorse along the Klondike Highway. We’ll stop in at Braeburn Lodge on the way back to town for some home baking. The lodge is famous for its massive cinnamon buns. Whitehorse feels like a metropolis after 2 weeks on the river and the hot shower and soft bed will be welcome. You’ll enjoy reminiscing about your adventures over a great dinner with your new friends this evening. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.

Day 15

Transfer to the Whitehorse airport.