The following is a tentative agenda and has been designed to allow for exploration of this coastal river. Rarely canoed, we will be viewing the river and land from a rare perspective. The guides will adjust the schedule to make the best use of river and weather conditions. The significant glacial influence can cause water levels to change rapidly with both warming and cooling.
Breakfast = B | Lunch = L | Dinner = D
Your journey north will be a refreshing departure from everyday life. You’ll fly over the largest expanse of wilderness in the world, pass through quieter airports, meet friendlier service personnel, and generally begin to immerse yourself in the wilderness experience that is about to unfold.
The scheduled flights arrive in Whitehorse through out the day. Aim to arrive by 6 p.m. Please make your way to your hotel and plan to rendezvous with your guides at the High Country Inn at 8 p.m. for an orientation meeting (inquire at the desk for meeting room). There will be a chance for last minute questions concerning clothing, gear, packing and other details.
Whitehorse is a great place to spend a few extra days. We’ll send you visitor’s information.
Day 1 (L/D)
We’ll meet for breakfast (not included) at 8 a.m. After, we’ll take a beautiful two-hour drive to Atlin, B.C. and board a chartered aircraft for the dramatic flight into an airstrip on the Nahlin River where it joins the Sheslay to form the Inklin. We’ll camp nearby, taking in the sights and sounds of this spectacular mountain valley. The Inklin will be our course for the first days before joining with the Nakina to form the Taku.
Day 2 (B/L/D)
After loading our canoes and reviewing the plan for the day, we’ll embark on the swift river. While drifting past mountain peaks, we’ll have a chance to review our strokes and skills to ensure everyone is up to speed. A small canyon will mark our progress. Camp will be at Teditua Creek.
Day 3 (B/L/D)
We’ll plan to stop for lunch just below the Sultahine River. Weather permitting, we’ll hike a route that takes us up a ridge for dramatic views of the valley upriver and down. Binoculars will help you find goats or moose. Camp will be above a distinct canyon.
Day 4 (B/L/D)
The canyon offers a great ride with Class III standing waves. We’ll make our way to camp in the vicinity of Yeth Creek – a spot rich with wildlife.
Day 5 (B/L/D)
The Taku River originates at the confluence of the Inklin and Nakina Rivers. We’ll attempt to search out the historic native village of Inklin. It was here that coastal tribes would journey up the Nakina to trade oil from sea animals with natives of the interior.
Now on the Taku, the valley broadens and the channel braids. The current winds from one rock face of the valley across to the opposite. Camp will be near Yellow Bluff, a distinctive landmark.
Day 6 (B/L/D)
Our destination is the Tulsequah River and Flannigan Slough. A direct drainage of the Juneau Icefield, this area is rich with wildlife and keen eyes will likely be rewarded.
Day 7 & 8 (B/L/D)
Twin Glacier Lake will be our destination. On the way we’ll pass First Nations fish camps and a Department of Fisheries post where we’ll learn about the Taku salmon. As the name Twin Glaciers suggests, two glaciers descend from an ice cap colourfully named Hades Highway. Paddling upstream on the small river that links the Taku with the lake, we’ll be able to paddle among the burgs that calve from the glaciers into the lake – truly a majestic sight.
Day 9 (B/L/D)
From camp, we’ll paddle into Taku Inlet. Stopping for a visit at Taku Lodge, we’ll have our first stunning views of the Taku Glacier, nearly two miles wide where it meets the river. We’ll paddle past the dramatic glacier and Oozy Flats, part of the glacier’s terminal moraine. Keep your eyes open for seals. Camp will be situated near rare historic old growth forest. Most of the Taku was flooded approximately 300 years ago when the glacier blocked the river. This is the surviving valley forest.
Day 10 (B/L/D)
Finishing on a high note with the most spectacular views, we’ll be transported to the Alaska state capital of Juneau with a boatload of fond memories (transportation is included in the trip fee). Before catching our ferry for the beautiful ride up the Lynn Canal, we’ll have a chance to see a few of the sights of Juneau. Accommodation is your responsibility, but we can assist with booking.
Day 11 (B/L)
The Alaska State ferry will deliver us to the historic gold rush town of Skagway (cost of the ferry is included). This community has been well preserved and maintains many of the original buildings from the gold rush and turn of the century. We’ll be met by our van, which will carry us through the alpine of the White Pass and back to Whitehorse. Depending on the ferry schedule (which is not set until early in the new year) we may have to overnight in Skagway. If so, accommodation is your responsibility. We can assist with booking. You’ll be back in Whitehorse to catch a homeward flight on Day 12.
After goodbyes and a last look around Whitehorse, we’ll head for home with a cargo of spectacular memories.