The following is a tentative itinerary and has been designed with much thought to capitalize on the most scenic and exciting parts of the trip, while making time on other sections. You guides will adjust the schedule to make the best use of water and weather conditions.
Meals included: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 throughout the day. Aim to arrive by 6 p.m. The guides will be making final preparations. Please make your way to your hotel and plan to rendezvous with your guides in the lobby of the High Country Inn at 8 p.m. for an orientation meeting. 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 – there are local day hikes, gold panning float trips through Miles Canyon, 4X4 outings in the region and countless other things to see and do.
Day 1 (L/D) ALPINE FLIGHT
We’ll meet in the hotel lobby at 8 a.m. following breakfast (not covered) and depart for the floatplane base. Be sure to have your camera ready!
We begin with a stunning flight into picturesque Rose Lake, an alpine beauty, hanging in a long mountain valley. Watching for Dall sheep and caribou in the surrounding peaks, we begin canoeing along the shores of the lake. Your guide will provide instruction to develop the necessary canoe skills. Paddling toward the outlet of the lake, we work on canoe skills and enjoy the sights. Any fishers in the group can wet lines in search of trout and grayling. The resident Bald Eagles will keep close watch. Our campsite will have spectacular views of the valley. After supper we can relax and take in the majestic scenery or hike on the surrounding mountain slopes. There’s time for both beneath the endless midnight sun!
Day 2 (B/L/D) MOUNTAIN LAKES
After breaking camp we’ll continue our route down Rose Lake. Hard to believe, but the scenery just keeps getting better. Late in the day, the floatplane will return and fly over the rugged Primrose Canyon, through which the water tumbles into Kusawa Lake. After landing on Kusawa in one of the many beautiful bays we’ll set up camp for the night.
Day 3 (B/L/D) YUKON SPLENDOR
With the glacial carved valley of Kusawa Lake stretching out in front of us, we’ll paddle or possibly even sail our way down the lake. The surrounding mountain ranges and sheltered bays make for a beautiful day. Camp will be near the mouth of the Takhini River.
Day 4 (B/L) RIVER RUN
Now on the Takhini River, we’ll work on river canoe skills. This clear stream is known for grayling and the grand scenery continues. We’ll refine our river skills in the eddies as we progress. A final exciting rapid (optional) will greet us at our lunch spot. After a riverside meal, we’ll drive back to Whitehorse and check into our hotel with time to enjoy a Yukon evening. Following showers, the group may want to gather at a local restaurant (not included). Whitehorse is a lively town and it won’t be difficult to find a way to enjoy the evening!
Day 5 HOMEWARD BOUND
After good-byes and a last look around Whitehorse, we’ll head for home with a cargo of fond memories of our canoeing adventure.