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Canoeing and hiking expedition on the Wind River in northern Yukon


For a true northern canoeing experience come try this fantastic fly-in canoe expedition down the Wind River in the northern Yukon.  This exciting canoeing adventure into untouched wilderness will meet all your adventure expectations.  The entire Wind River has crystal clear water, Class 2 rapids and the river flows through some of the most incredible mountain scenery you will ever experience.   Wildlife encounters along the rivers are frequent and may include moose, caribou, eagles, wolves and grizzly bears.  Camps are set up along the shores of the river and meals are cooked over an open fire.  

There are lots of opportunities for hiking, fishing and just exploring this vast wilderness.  The remote setting and exciting water will thrill anyone with a sense of adventure.

The Wind River is renowned for its remote beauty, hiking and whitewater for the intermediate canoeist. The headwaters of the Wind are only accessible by float plane, and the legendary Beaver or Otter aircraft takes us through the spectacular Bonnet Plume Range of the northern Yukon into McClusky Lake.  Here we are about to start a challenging journey down this clear and narrow river. With alpine campsites alongside the river, easy hikes, many panoramic vistas are guaranteed. Seeing grizzly, wolf, dall sheep, caribou, and moose are all possibilities.

 

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

June to August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate / Challenging
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are licensed and very experienced and knowledgeable of the area.

RESTRICTIONS

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: Duffel bag for packing items on float plane. 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.  All ground transportation and  float plane transfers are included. 

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average between 10-22 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Northern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Canoe and camping equipment, floatplane transfers.

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 and one night in Mayo are included.  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. However,  meals in hotels (3 nights) are not included. 

22 day tour, available June - August
$5595.00 / per person - CAD
Jun 24-July 15, July 22-Aug 12, 2018. Double occupancy. Single supplement is $415.
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.

22 day tour, available June - August

Day 1

Arrival Whitehorse
Arrival in Whitehorse. Transfer to your downtown hotel. This afternoon you’ll have the chance to meet your fellow travellers and your group leader will review the itinerary and your gear. Later this afternoon you’ll have time to pick up any last minute items identified, and tour the Yukon’s capital. Quant and compact, you’ll enjoy the cafes, galleries, museums and shops of Whitehorse’s Main Street and downtown core. Accommodation: Whitehorse hotel

Day 2

Whitehorse - Mayo - Wind River
Tour departure. We’ll travel by comfortable maxi-van northbound along the pleasant Klondike Highway. Shortly after departing we’ll stop for a coffee at Braeburn Lodge, famous for its massive cinnamon buns, then continue onto Carmacks, which was first established as a roadhouse by George Carmack, one of the co-discovers of the gold near Dawson City, that sparked a rush of more than 50,000 on 1898. Further along, we’ll stop at the Five Finger Rapids overlook, one of the most scenic viewpoints along the Yukon River valley. 4 giant boulders mid- stream, create five distinct channels or “fingers”. The rapids are one of the only real navigational hazards along the Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson. After passing through both Pelly and Stewart Crossing, we’ll turn west on the Silver Trail – named for the massive silver deposits in the area, and the world’s largest silver mines - for the short journey into Mayo. There, we’ll transfer our equipment to a floatplane for the short transfer over the stunning mountain ranges forming the Peel River Watershed to McClusky Lake, the headwaters of the Wind River. Accommodation: tent camp.

Day 3

Days 3-20:  Canoeing the Wind River Valley
A comfortable paddle with little white water, the Wind River is a journey through truly wild land. Heavily wooded shorelines give way to alpine mountains shrouding granite peaks of up to 5000-6000 feet (1850m – 2000m). Wildlife sighting are common, including frequent sightings of moose, as well as caribou, black and grizzly bears, and possibly even wolves. Our first campsite will be in the vicinity of Bond Creek, which offers several excellent hikes to sub-alpine valleys offering dramatic views of the valley.

Your time on the river will settle into a familiar daily routine. Daytimes will be spent enjoying classic swift water canoeing as the river meanders through spectacular mountain scenery. Each evening, we’ll make camp in a pleasant sheltered location along the shore or on a gravel bar in the river. Following a hearty dinner your guide will often lead the group on an easy hike to a scenic location above the river, or recounting the day’s adventures around the campfire. 

Each bend in the river offers a new view and a new impression of this wonderful wilderness region. Near the Bear River confluence, Royal Mountain rises regally above the surrounding slopes. Farther downstream, at the confluence with the Little Wind River, the river flattens out as we leave the Illtyd Range and enter a broader valley. Mount Deception soon comes into view at Hungry Creek.

We’ll soon encounter the impressive Peel River, and further along we’ll pass the junction with the Bonnet Plume and Snake Rivers. Entering a short canyon, we will haul out our canoes on a small gravel island known as named Taco Bar. The waters here are deep enough to allow a float plane to land on the river. A short, but spectacular float plan ride brings up back to Mayo, and a very welcome hot shower, a meal prepared by someone else, and a soft hotel bed. Accommodation: Mayo hotel

 

Day 21

Mayo - Whitehorse
Return to Whitehorse by maxi-van. You’ll have time for shopping and sightseeing and one last opportunity to dine with new friends while reminiscing about your river tour.

Day 22

Departure Whitehorse
Transfer to airport or join your connecting program. End of tour services.