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Tour Duration: 11 Days | Tour Price: CAD 1,830.00/person | Tour Season: May - August
Spirit of the Yukon: Teslin River

The 370 kilometer tour (includes about 170 km on the Yukon River) through the solitude of the Teslin River is one of our favorite canoe adventures and it is especially suitable for the novice canoeist. Our well-trained guides introduce the participants to the proper paddle techniques on this class 1-2 river.

The start of the trip is at Johnsons Crossing on the Alaska Highway, where the Teslin River winds its way through the mountains of the Southern Yukon towards the confluence with the Yukon River. Wildlife encounters along the river are quite common, and one can expect to see moose, caribou, wolf and eagle. During August and September, thousands of salmon spawn in the Teslin River, and grizzly bears are often seen. In the evenings we`ll set up camp along the river banks or on gravel bars. Meals are cooked on the open camp fire, and fresh Arctic grayling, salmon and northern pike may be added to the menu.

Hiking trips into the mountains and creek valleys can round out an exciting river journey. The tour ends in Carmacks on the Yukon River where we will part from our canoes and travel with our van via the Klondike Highway back towards Whitehorse.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Whitehorse
Transfer from Whitehorse Airport to your downtown hotel via city highlights including the SS Klondike, Old Log Church, and Log Cabin Skyscraper. At your group meeting this afternoon, you’ll meet your fellow tour participants and your guide will review the itinerary. Time for optional tours, shopping and sightseeing this evening. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Moose on River bend Moose on River bend
Day 2: Whitehorse - Teslin River
We’ll depart Whitehorse southbound on the historic Alaska Highway, completed in under a year in 1942 to aid the Pacific front during WWII. We’ll travel to Johnson’s Crossing, famous for its giant cinnamon buns. We’ll unload our gear and canoes, load-up, and put in on the river. The Teslin offers a relaxing paddle along a wide, fast moving, deep river. A short paddle brings us to our first campsite.
Days 3 to 10: Teslin River
We’ll spend the next week on this scenic, gentle, fast-moving river. All tolled, we’ll travel more than 350km through the spectacular southern Yukon. Moose are often spotted along the shorelines, or even swimming the river to access better food sources on mid-channel islands or the opposite shoreline. Black bears enjoy the grasses and roots of the exposed south facing slopes, and their dark coats stand out nicely against the sandy soil.
Just north of Lake Laberge, the made famous by Gold Rush poet, Robert Service, in his poem the Cremation of Sam McGee, the Teslin flows into the Yukon River near the former trading post of Hootalinqua. A gold rush era paddlewheeler can be found rotting away on the shoreline nearby, recalling the headier days, when the Yukon was the most exciting place to be in the North American West. After gold was discovered near Dawson City in 1898, more than 50,000 people paddled the Yukon River and its tributaries. In fact, it was these same gold seekers who gave the Teslin River its contemporary name. The First Nation (natives) people living on the banks of the river called it the Déslin Chú, which became Teslin. Yukon’s gold rush history is frequently evidenced during our tour as we pass by old cabins and trading posts, some of which are now inhabited by contemporary pioneer families living a simple off the grid lifestyle.
Day 10 : Carmacks - Whitehorse
Our tour ends in the native village of Carmacks, which was first established during the Klondike Goldrush by one of the original discovers of gold at Dawson City, George Carmacks. The town of just 450 residents appears a metropolis after a week on the river! Our river trip ends here; and you will return to Whitehorse in a comfortable maxi-van where a warm shower, cold beer and a comfortable bed awaits! Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 11: Departure Whitehorse
Transfer to airport or join a 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

11 Days

Tour Price

Double Room/Tent: CAD 1,830.00
Single Room/Tent: +CAD 355.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

3 - 12 participants per tour



Demands

A background in camping and paddling is an asset but not necessary. These programs are open to expert and novice paddlers alike.

Included

  • Expert guidance on the entire trip
  • Canoes and camping equipment
  • Overland transportation
  • 2 person tents (8 nights)
  • 2 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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