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Spirit of the Yukon Canoe Tour

This 370 kilometre canoe adventure on the Teslin River includes about 170 km on the Yukon River. It is especially suitable for the novice canoeist and the well-trained guide demonstrates the proper paddle techniques on this Class 1-2 river. The trip starts at Johnson’s 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 common and you can expect to see moose, caribou, wolves and eagles. During August and September, thousands of salmon spawn in the Teslin River and you can often spot grizzly bears. In the evenings, you will set up camp along the riverbanks or on gravel bars. Meals are cooked on an 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 are included and the tour ends in Carmacks on the Yukon River from where you will return by van via the Klondike Highway to Whitehorse.

Day 1 Whitehorse

You will be met on arrival in Whitehorse and transferred to your hotel via city highlights including the SS Klondyke, 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 an hotel in Whitehorse.

Day 2 Whitehorse / Teslin River

Depart Whitehorse southbound on the historic Alaska Highway, completed inunder a year to aid the Pacific front during WWII.Transfer to Johnson’s Crossing famous for its giant cinnamon buns. Unload the 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 you to the first campsite.

Days 3 – 9 Canoeing on the Teslin River

Spend the next week on this scenic, gentle, fast moving river. All told, you will travel more than 350kms 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 ebjoy 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, 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, reaclling the headier days when the Yukon was the most exciting place to be in the North American West. AFter gold was discovered in 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 Nations people living on the banks of the river called it the Deslin Chu, which became Teslin.

Day 10 Carmacks / Whitehorse

The tour ends in the native village of Carmacks which was first established during the Klondyke Goldrush by one of the original discoverers of gold at Dawson City, George Carmacks.  The town of just 450 residents appears a metropolis after a week on the river! The river trip ends here and you will return to Whitehorse in a comfortable maxi van where a warm shower, cold beer and comfortable bed awaits! Overnight in an hotel in Whitehorse.

Day 11 Whitehorse

Transfer to the airport for your flight out.