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Yukon River Classic Canoe Camping - Camping Trips

 

Overview

Hotel description:

9 days | 8 nights

Yukon River Classic Canoe Camping tour covers 320km of this iconic river, beginning near the territorial capital and ending at the town of Carmacks. You'll share our well-equipped camps with a small group of fellow travellers an experienced guide. We'll camp on gravel bars and former wood camps that have returned to a wilderness that the first prospectors would have recognized, and explore the ghost towns of Hootalinqua and Big Salmon Village. Tent accommodation, paddling equipment, and meals on the river are all included.

Location

Whitehorse, Lake Laberge, Carmacks

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Whitehorse (if flight and hotel option is chosen)
  • 8 nights of accommodation (2 nights in Whitehorse hotel, 6 nights in a tent)
  • Round-trip transfers from Whitehorse airport to hotel
  • Equipment such as spacious 2-person tent, camping gear, sleeping pads, cooking utensils, 100L drybag for sleeping bag and clothes
  • Meals from lunch on day 2 until breakfast on day 9
  • Camping fees
  • Services of a licensed guide in English, French and German
  • Earn & Redeem Aeroplan® Miles

Itinerary

Day 1     Welcome to Whitehorse
Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your downtown hotel. In the afternoon, there will be time for an orientation, gear check, and a chance to pick up any last-minute supplies.

Days 2-6 Lake Laberge - Carmacks
Your trip begins at the Takhini Bridge on the outskirts of Whitehorse. This first day of paddling brings you to Lake Laberge, where the shoreline offers excellent fishing for fishing northern pike. Over the next two days, paddle along the rocky eastern shore, camping near scenic promontories. The river picks up again through the narrow banks and clear water of the “Thirty Mile” section, designated a Canadian Heritage River, taking us to the former trading post of Hootalinqua at the confluence with the Teslin River. This is a great section of the river to fish for arctic grayling. Paddle on past the confluences with the Big Salmon and Little Salmon River, past towering cut banks, bright fields of fireweed, and miles of wild black spruce forest to the town of Carmacks.

Meal(s): Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (breakfast not provided on Day 2)

Day 7    Carmacks
After more than a week on the river, arrive at the village of Carmacks. Carmacks has modern conveniences, and you'll spend the night at the Coal Mine Campground on the edge of town, where you can enjoy hot water for a shower and laundry. This is your last evening as a group, and a chance for one last great dinner together.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8     Carmacks - Whitehorse

Return to Whitehorse by road in the morning, a journey of just under three hours. This is an expeditionary trip, and changes to the itinerary may be necessary due to weather or other conditions. Any changes are left to the discretion of the guide.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9    Return home
An airport shuttle will transfer you from your Whitehorse hotel to the airport for your return flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Standard Room

Guests will stay in the following accommodations throughout the Guided Tour.
  • In Whitehorse on Day 1 & 8: Days Inn Whitehorse (or similar)
  • Day 2 - Day 7: Spacious 2-person tent
Occupancy: Maximum 2 persons

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates:
June 2 & 23
July 14
August 4 & 25

Not included in package
  • Sleeping bag (limited supply of rentals available for $40 total)
  • Personal equipment and light day pack
  • Personal expenses and insurance
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Equipment rental

Baggage volume limit
Please note there is a strict volume limit due to the nature of this tour. Guests will be provided a 100L drybag for their sleeping bag and clothes. Guests may also bring their own small backpack if needed.