A wonderful wilderness canoe experience suitable for all paddlers and age groups. The trip starts in Whitehorse with a road trip on the Alaska Highway south-east to the riverside village of Johnsons Crossing, the headwaters of the Teslin River. This flows out of Teslin Lake, a large body of water (75kmi/120km) that straddles the British Columbia – Yukon border.
Enjoy some true wilderness campsites, fish for arctic grayling and cook the catch or simply watch the endless water flow on the way to its ultimate destination some 2000 miles downstream.
We travel the Teslin River for its entire length (115mi/184km) to where it spills into the Yukon River at Hootalinqua an abandoned gold rush village prominent in the days of the paddlewheel sternwheelers that travelled between Whitehorse and Dawson City. It is hard to imagine that these large vessels navigated the river as late as the 1950s. There is also a turn of the century shipyard located just downstream of the village complete with the derelict sternwheeler “SS Evelyn” on the ways. The Yukon River upstream of Hootalinqua was a troubling stretch of water for these large river boats and damages, requiring repairs were common.
“We’re a hundred miles from anywhere,” is a frequent and all too true remark from many a river traveller sitting on the shoreline at Hootalinqua. The surrounding cliffs, the wilderness phenomena of two different and major waterways coming together before your very eyes bring home the isolation of the place. The waters run side by side for some distance to become one large stream on its way to the Bering Sea.
From Hootalinqua it is another 65mi/104km to Little Salmon Village an abandoned settlement at the confluence of the Yukon and Little Salmon Rivers and our take-out point. The river grows in width and there is time for some aimless drifting and just letting yourself feel in tune with the endless flow of water and the tug of the current on your canoe, the wildlife, and the simple silence that surrounds you.
The day wraps up with a group dinner – our treat.
Airport service. Hotel accommodation on day one (1) and day nine (9) – double occupancy. All food, beverages, canoes or kayaks, tents (double occupancy) and camping equipment while on the river trip. All required road transport.
Meals in Whitehorse except where indicated. Personal sleeping bag and field mattress – these may be rented from us, alcoholic beverages, although they are allowed. A list of recommended personal equipment is supplied well in advance of the scheduled departure date.
Cost $1,995.00 per person
4 persons minimum
Single supplement – Hotel & tent – $250.00
TRG No 2 – Tour dates – 2017
July 8 (Saturday) to July 17th (Mon) –
Aug 5th (Sat) to Aug 14th (Mon) – not available
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Kanoe People Ltd – P.O. Box 31149, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5P7
Telephone: 867-668-4899 Toll free: (North America) 1-866-901-4880