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Tour Duration: 22 Days | Tour Price: CAD 5,595.00/person | Tour Season: June - August
The Heart of the Yukon: Wind River

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.

Itinerary

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
Highlight: Hiking at Wind River Highlight: Hiking at Wind River
Day 2 to Day 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. Throughout the tour your guide will regale you with stories of the unique history of the Wind River and Peel Watershed, from Hudson Bay explorers to the group of Klondike Gold Rushers who wintered on the river en route to the Klondike Gold Rush, and the infamous RNWMP Lost Patrol, whose ill-fated expedition resulted in their deaths. Corporal Demspter, who recovered the bodies, and for whom the Dempster Highway is named, who recovered the bodies, started his search for the missing men on the Wind.
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.



(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

22 Days

Tour Price

Double Room/Tent: CAD 5,595.00
Single Room/Tent: +CAD 415.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

5 - 10 participants per tour



Demands

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.

Included

  • Expert guidance on the entire trip
  • Canoes and camping equipment
  • Overland transportation
  • Float plane transfer from Mayo to McClusky Lake
  • Float plane transfer from Peel River to Mayo
  • 2 person tents (18 nights)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Mayo
  • All meals on canoe trip
  • Airport Shuttle in Whitehorse


Not included

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


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