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Whitewater canoeing or kayaking tour on the Hess River in the Yukon


Paddle the Hess River on this white water canoeing or kayaking expedition in the Yukon. This package offers two weeks of wilderness, wildlife, and whitewater. You will canoe/kayak with raft support on Class II to IV whitewater.  The Hess has the most consistent whitewater in the Yukon. 

Your adventure begins with a flight in a small charter plane from Mayo to Porter Lake. There is a one kilometer portage to the head water of the river. You will travel light, with inflatable canoe, small rafts and, or kayaks.

At first the river is small and narrow. It is the perfect habitat for moose, caribou and a great variety of waterfowl. The river flows South towards Keele Peak which is the highest point in the Selwyn-Mackenzie Mountains. Keele Peak is a huge circular, stand-alone massif, surrounded by valleys with small trees. The massif contains glaciers radiating out from the peak, and covering an area 10 km by 10 km. You will navigate 8 kms of grade III+ rapids before reaching Keele Creek where the river turns west towards Mayo and the Steward River. From here on the scenery changes to the typical rolling hills of central Yukon.

On this trip you will encounter rapids everyday, grade III+. This is a true wilderness trip, a long way from roads and people, the river flows through a rich wildlife habitat, you are often rewarded by animals sighting. Colorful canyons, pristine wilderness and whitewater, it is a trip you won't want to miss.

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$2900.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
River Canoeing
SEASON

August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate / Challenging
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

The guides are all anxious to show you the best possible time on your holiday. In addition to working hard to ensure your trip is memorable, our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and the latest river rescue techniques. These experienced and highly qualified paddlers have grown up on Yukon rivers. 

 

RESTRICTIONS

Traveling on the Hess is more of an adventure. The flight in limits the amount of gear we can carry. The group iwill be using small rafts and inflatable canoes to limit the amount of portaging/lining we would have to do in a regular canoe. Guests will need to participate actively in any portaging or lining of the boats as well as paddling. Some moving water experience is required.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, water bottle, daypack, matches, insect repellent.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon.  Flight from Mayo to Porter Lake is included.

WEATHER

Average summer temperatures range between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius.  Weather can be unpredictable and high winds and low cloud cover can occur, reducing the travel speed on the river.

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Self-bailing suport rafts and equipment, camping and cooking equipment, dry bags, inflatable canoes or kayaks and equipment.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Waterproof rain gear, long pants, sweater, warm jacket, windshell, shorts, long underwear, warm socks, hat, bathing suit, sneakers, hiking boots, neoprene booties.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent campsites along the river.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals included while on the river and prepared by your guides. They will use freeze dried food, There will be plenty of food but no fancy meals.

14 day tour, available July - August
$2900.00 / per person - CAD

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Multi day trips: Due to large travel distances, guide wages and food expenses we are compelled to implement a cancellation policy. Deposits are fully refundable if reservations are cancelled verbally or in writing up to 30 days before your activity date. Between 3 weeks payments will be refunded at 50 %. No refunds or alternate dates will be given for any reason if cancelled within 2 weeks of your activity. Day tours: Due to large travel distances, guide wages and food expenses we are compelled to implement a cancellation policy. Deposits are fully refundable if reservations are cancelled verbally or in writing up to 48 hours before your activity date. Between 48 and 24 hours payments will be refunded at 50 %. No refunds or alternate dates will be given for any reason if cancelled within 24 hours of your activity.
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