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Tour Duration: 20 Days | Tour Price: CAD 6,555.00/person | Tour Season: June - August
Canoe expedition in Yukon's Last Frontier

One of North America’s last true frontiers, the Bonnet Plume River winds through the majestic Peel Watershed along the Mackenzie Mountains into the very heart of Yukon’s untouched wilderness.
If you have ever been on a canoe trip before this one you will want to cross off your bucket list. The Bonnet Plume River stands out as one of the premier whitewater wilderness rivers in Canada. It is technically challenging, particularly from just below Bonnet Plume Lake to the junction with Knorr Creek, where Class II and III rapids are frequent with isolated stretches of Class IV and V. Surrounded by this unique and breathtaking sub-arctic scenery you will discover wildlife like caribou, moose, bears and wolfs in their untouched natural habitat. The Bonnet Plume forms a significant part  of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) and offers excellent opportunities for wilderness activities.. Excellent camping locations offer opportunities for scenic day-hikes, particularly in the alpine areas, which are readily accessible from the river. The diversity of wildlife, vegetation and scenery of this expansive and beautiful region provides an exceptional opportunity - get ready to be amazed on this 20 days canoe expedition into the Yukon wilderness.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Whitehorse, where you’ll meet your fellow group members. Opportunity to discover the famous capital of the Yukon; stops should include the SS Klondike, one of the last Yukon sternwheelers still around and a visit to the McBride Museum. Overnight in a local hotel.
Day 2: Today will be spent getting used to your equipment and paddle partner. We’ll travel to Kluane NP and spend the day on the Blanchard and Tatshenshini Rivers. The waters of the famous Tatshenshini (also a Canadian Heritage River) are similar to conditions we will encounter on the Bonnet Plume River. Return to Whitehorse. Overnight in a hotel.
View along the Bonnet Plume River Valley View along the Bonnet Plume River Valley
Day 3: In the morning we will drive from Whitehorse to Mayo where a floatplane will bring us to the start of our expedition at Bonnet Plume Lake.
Day 4: In complete AWWW of the beautiful landscape we will spend the day hiking in the mountains surrounding the Bonnet Plume Lake.
Day 5: After only a short while on the Bonnet Plume River we will encounter the first class 2-3 current in the Rockslide Canyon.
Day 6: The river presents itself with a pleasant and steady current with the occasional chute – some to be run, some to be scouted first.
Day 7: Today we continue on through some rock gardens with boulders to watch out for.
Day 8: After the first days of excitement on the river, today offers a welcomed relaxing paddle on a substantially braided river to the next camp.
Day 9: Once again you will get the opportunity to show off your paddling skills as you paddle through another canyon calling for some demanding maneuvers. After the canyon, the river flows with steady class 2-3 whitewater and bigger waves.
Day 10: Today will provide some time to soak in all the unforgettable moments on the river over the past few days as we take a break from paddling and go on a day-hike to one of the surrounding peaks (6 hours return).
Day 11: The river presents some easier currents today, so we’ll take the time to enjoy the wildlife, the scenery and possibly go on an other hike.
Day 12: Today’s paddle will bring us to Fairchild Creek; a particularly beautiful part of the Bonnet Plume River.
Day 13: As the river continues throughout broader valleys we’ll hike to Fairchild Lake today (4 hours return) and also have the chance to visit a remote hunting outfitter’s camp.
Day 14: Even though we are leaving the whitewater of the river behind, the current is still strong as we head towards the Peel River basin.
Day 15: Today we will explore the Peel Canyon as we join the Peel River.
Day 16: We will encounter the last class 2 whitewater before we leave the canyon.
Day 17: Our final day on the river will impress you with the shear beauty of this magical landscape as we make our way towards our last camp.
Day 18: At ”Taco” Bar, the float plane will pick us up and we’ll fly over the vast expanse of northerm Yukon back to Mayo. Once in Mayo, we’ll drive back to Whitehorse. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 19: This morning you will have time to explore the capital of the Yukon, Whitehorse. Maybe you want to do some shopping or simply enjoy the many attractions this city has to offer. In the afternoon we’ll visit Takhini Hot Springs to relax in the soothing warm water under the wide open skies of the Yukon. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 20: Transfer to airport or connecting program.






(As the trip is done in expedition fashion changes in travel itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.)



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Details

Tour Duration

20 Days

Tour Price

Double Room/Tent: CAD 6,555.00
Single Room/Tent: +CAD 565.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

5 - 10 participants per tour



Demands

Not for novice paddlers. Your paddling skills are at an intermediate level, you can handle your canoe or kayak in most weather conditions and have basic whitewater skills.

Included

  • Expert guidance on the entire trip
  • Canoes and camping equipment
  • Overland transportation
  • Float plane transfer from Mayo to Bonnet Plume Lake
  • Float plane transfer from Taco Bar to Mayo
  • 2 person tents (16 nights)
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse
  • All meals on canoe trip
  • Airport Shuttle in Whitehorse


Not included

  • Meals in hotels
  • Fishing license
  • Personal extras
  • Gratuity


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