Yukon River The Classic Canoe trip
This classic canoe trip down the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City is specially tailored for visitors who like to travel far away from tourist routes, following an historic trail. Special canoeing skills are not required.
The expedition travels over 700 kms on the mighty Yukon river, passing many relics of the historic gold rush of 1898 and exploring several abandoned settlements. Camps are set up on the gravel and sand banks of the river where one can enjoy a refreshing bath in the Yukon. Black bears are often seen in the Yukon valley, as are moose, bald eagles, beavers and grizzly bears. The only major interruption to the river's smooth journey is the Five Finger Rapids, once a problem for the large paddle wheelers. At the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike rivers you find the settlement of Dawson City, the famous gold rush town of the Yukon. You stay two days in Dawson, relax in a fine hotel and relive the history of the gold rush.
NB: This trip can be split in half if you do not have time for the whole thing.
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Arrive in Whitehorse, transfer to your hotel where there will be a meeting of group members.
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Whitehorse to Yukon River
Today start this exciting canoe tour in Whitehorse and head down the Yukon River. You will spend 16 days on this mighty river, travelling over 700 kilometres and exploring the vast hinterlands of the Yukon.
15 nights camping by the Yukon River.Close
Yukon River to Dawson City
Arrive in Dawson City, the historic gold town and home of many old legends. A visit to the Jack London and Robert Service cabins, the theatre and the Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall are on the programme. A highlight is the drive into Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks where you will visit an active gold mine.
2 nights in Dawson City.Close
The van will take you back to Whitehorse via the Klondike Highway.
1 night in Whitehorse.Close
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2014 Departures: June 1-20; June 22-July 11; July 13-August 1; August 3-22; August 24-September 12
Maximum 12 participants per date
Included for 19 day trip
• Canoes and camping equipment
• Overland transportation
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in Dawson City
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse
• All meals on canoe trip
• Airport shuttle in Whitehorse
• Historic tour in Dawson City
• Expert guidance on the entire trip
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