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Yukon River Tour

The classic canoe trip for everybody!

 

Whitehorse to Dawson City, 736 km / 22 days

We follow the historic footprints of the gold seekers and adventures of once and start our canoe trip on the mighty Yukon River in Whitehorse. Away from civilization and in the midst of the wilderness, we follow the old routes of the big Klondike gold rush. From Whitehorse to Dawson City, past abandoned settlements, trapper cabins and old paddle wheelers we enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Yukon. Again and again, we come across remains from the past.

Some of our camps are located at historic sites, for example Lower Laberge, Hootalinqua at the confluence of the Teslin River or Big Salmon Village. A trip to the streamer “SS Evelyn” at Shipyard Island and panning for gold at “Cyr’s gold dredge” puts us back into the gold rush era. With some luck, we will be able to observe bald eagles, beavers, moose and possibly black and grizzly bears at close range.

After passing through the notorious Five Finger Rapids, we reach the historic village “Fort Selkirk” in the following days of the canoe trip. The next days we will enjoy the endless wilderness in our canoe, before we reach the Klondike gold fields and Dawson City.

We will stay for the next two days in Dawson. In the city, where around 100 years ago everything was dominated by gold, we will visit an active gold mine at Hunker Creek and dig in the river for gold nuggets. In the evening we visit the legendary Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino. By black jack, poker or roulette, we can enjoy the Can Can Show.
The visit of the historic gold dredge “Dredge No.4” and a detour to the “Discovery Claim” at Bonanza Creek concludes our adventure tour.

Day 1:
Your guide will greet you at the Whitehorse Airport and transfer you to your hotel. After the check-in we will meet for a tour briefing and discuss your trip details and answer all of your questions.

Day 2 to 10:
We start our canoe trip on the Yukon River in Whitehorse. After a few kilometers we leave the civilization behind us and for the first time we enjoy nature in its seclusion. We build our first wilderness camp just before Lake Laberge. The following day, the Yukon River stretches into Lake Laberge.

At the end of the Lake the story of the gold rush catch up to us. Abandoned settlements are witnesses of the time when the first gold seekers traveled the River. Old Mounties- and telegraph stations, trading posts and supply stations, remains of old paddle wheelers and sluice boxes are our company on this trip. Some of our camps are located close to these historic sites and we have lots of time to explore. After passing a few trapper cabins we reach Carmacks, a small community on the Klondike Highway. This is our half -way- point.

Day 11 to 18:

The second half of our trip to Dawson City leads us again past old settlements, trapper cabins and trading post stations for the paddle wheelers. A tour highlight is our camp at the remote Fort Selkirk at the confluence from the Pelly in the Yukon River. While exploring the former settlement we will gain the best impression of the pioneer life during the middle of the last century until the settlement was abandoned in the 1950s.

Your guide will tell you about the old days and the new days of the Gold rush while we are sitting at the campfire in the evening.

After we passed the confluence of the White Rivers the stream of the Yukon River flows much faster. The breathtaking White River valley shows us the endless wide of the land.

The Yukon River now spreads into a large river with several wide arms and hundreds of islands.

We use this opportunity to explore some of the smaller channels and we might have the chance to see some wildlife close by.
After 17 days on the Yukon River we notice the first signs of modern gold mining techniques. For us a sign that we reached the Klondike goldfields and we will arrive in Dawson City today.

Arrived in Dawson, we stay for the next three nights at the Dawson City River Hostel.

Day 19:
Take your time to explore the former gold mining town of Dawson City and its historic and lovingly restored buildings. We suggest you visit the gold digger museum or the original cabin of Jack London or just sit in Klondike Kates and have a coffee. In the evening we will see the nightlife of Dawson and visit the legendary Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino with its Can Can Show.

Day 20:
After breakfast we will drive out of Dawson to the Hunker Creek to visit the Goldbottom mine. A guided tour through this active mine shows you the effort needed to digging out the gold from the frozen ground. We will step into the creek and try our best to uncover some gold nuggests of our own. Afterwords we visit “Dredge No.4” and drive through the discovery claim in the Bonanza Creek. There where Skookum Jim, Tagish Charlie and George Carmack found the first gold on August 17th 1896 and staked the first claim. The big goldrush has started…

On the way back to our camp we take a short drive to our viewpoint. We will have an excellent overview and great photo opportunity of Dawson City and the surrounding Klondike goldfields.

Day 21:
In the early morning we drive over the Klondike Highway back to Whitehorse and stop by at the lovingly designed Moose Creek Lodge and the Five Finger Rapids to take some more pictures. Arriving in Whitehorse we check in for the last night in our hotel.

Day 22:
Transfer from your hotel to the Whitehorse Airport and say “good bye”.

Services include in price:

  • Whitehorse Airport shuttle
  • 22 days tour from/to Whitehorse
  • English speaking guide
  • Guided tour in small groups from 2 to 12 people
  • All overnight fees (2 x hotel, 19 x camping in tents)
  • Overnight stays in two people Dome Tent incl. Therm-A-Rest mats
  • Full camping and outdoor equipment is provided
  • 17 days guided canoe trip on the Yukon River
  • Canoe for two people incl. 3 paddles, 2 life jackets, sponge and bailer
  • 2 full days in Dawson City incl. goldmine tour, etc.
  • All meals during the tour
  • All transportations
  • Emergency equipment including Satellite communication device

Not Included:

  • Air fare to/from Whitehorse
  • All hotel meals and during the transportation
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Sleeping bag
  • Fishing License
  • Travel and cancellation Insurance

 

Dates: Price Availability
03.06.2018 to 24.06.2018 $2,850 CAD Guaranteed
24.06.2018 to 15.07.2018 $2,850 CAD
15.07.2018 to 05.08.2018 $2,850 CAD Guaranteed
05.08.2018 to 26.08.2018 $2,850 CAD
26.08.2018 to 16.09.2018 $2,850 CAD  Guaranteed

Single room supplement: $139.00 CAD
Single tent supplement: $175.00 CAD

All prices are in Canadian dollars plus 5% GST.