Yukon Adventure

Yukon Adventure

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the home of the largest non-polar icefields in the world, and 17 of Canada’s 20 tallest mountains
  • Enjoy incredible day hikes in UNESCO-designated Kluane National Park
  • Discover historic towns and artefacts from the gold rush
  • Canoe down the iconic Yukon River
  • Keep your eyes open for bears, Dall sheep and hundreds of bird species
  • Learn about First Nations' culture and history

Trip Summary

Known as The Land of the Midnight Sun, Yukon Territory is also the land of Canada's highest mountain peaks, legendary northern parks, the world's largest non-polar ice fields, several Canadian Heritage Rivers, and healthy, abundant wildlife. Yukon's jaw-dropping natural features are what set this place apart, with at least twenty mountains in the southwest exceeding 4,000 metres, and a handful exceeding 5,000 metres. The territory is dotted with countless scenic lakes and over 70 canoeable wilderness rivers including the mighty Yukon River, the third longest river in North America. On our adventure, we experience first-hand these wonders on guided day hikes in magnificent Kluane National Park and historic Carcross, and on a beginner-friendly canoe trip down the Yukon River. We follow in the footsteps of gold-seekers, as we see remnants of mining along our trails, as we paddle the Yukon, and as we travel on the Klondike Highway. Vast, wild regions and relatively sparse human population make this part of the world a haven for abundant northern species like Dall sheep, caribou, wolves, grizzly bears, lynx, coyotes, foxes, and millions of migratory birds. The possibility for wildlife exists around every bend.

Suitability

Although graded 'introductory' level, this trip has been designed with the active traveller in mind. Day hike options range from 4 to 8 hours in duration on rugged trails ranging from 215m to 1250m in elevation gain. There is some flexibility in the selection of hikes in Kluane National Park, depending on the fitness level and interest of the group, but the fitter you are the more you will enjoy this tour and the more options are available to the group. Suggested preparation: We recommend 45 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week from a minimum of 3 months leading up to your trip. This can include swimming, jogging, hard walking or cycling. Hill or stair walking with a full day pack is highly recommended at least once per week.

Itinerary

Welcome to Whitehorse! Upon arrival, make your way to the downtown hotel using the hotel's complimentary shuttle. Named after the rapids on the Yukon River which resembled the flowing manes of charging white horses, the territory's capital was a First Nations’ campsite until the Gold Rush brought tens of thousands of gold-seekers on their way to the Klondike. This evening is free to explore the historic town and its quaint Main Street.

Meals:  Nil

Today we will hit the road and go south down the Klondike highway, to the First Nation community of Carcross, once known as 'Caribou Crossing'. In Carcross, we will climb the Sam McGee Trail, a historic and rewarding hike. The trail was originally made to service the tramway built in 1905 by Sam McGee for a silver mining operation and there remain many remnants of the tramway and mining artifacts along the trail. The hike has an elevation of 618m, is 9km long, and takes 4-5 hours. The mountain and lake views from the top are sure to amaze. We return to our hotel in Whitehorse for overnight.

Meals:  B,L

Today, you will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of Kluane National Park and Reserve. Truly a dream hiking destination, Kluane offers an alpine and subalpine landscape for hikers of all levels. At 22,000 square kilometres, the park is half the size of the Netherlands. It’s also home to Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan, and the largest non-polar icefields on Earth. Wildflowers bloom in abundance during summer, and in the fall, the aspen forests and alpine create an unforgettable display of colour. After a stop at the visitor's centre, we enjoy an easy afternoon hike on the Thunderegg Creek Trail; a good half-day hike that gives us a closer look at Kluane’s famous mountains, following along an old exploration road with open views of the Alsek Valley. The trail is 14km long with minimal elevation gain, and takes approximately 4 hours ending at the namesake sphere-shaped 'thunder egg' rocks. We spend the next 2 nights at a comfortable inn in the community of Haines Junction, conveniently located on the edge of the national park.

Meals:  B,L

We have a full day to truly experience majestic Kluane, as we are spoiled with trail options in this incredible park. Depending on local conditions and the group's interest/abilities, we may choose Sheep Creek trail which offers incredible mountain views and wildlife spotting opportunities. Sheep Creek is 15km long, has a 1100m elevation gain, and takes approximately 6.5 hours. Alternatively, we can consider the famous but difficult King’s Throne on Kathleen Lake, which has an elevation gain of 1250m, is 15km long, and takes approximately 8 hours. The views of the surrounding valleys and Kathleen Lake are absolutely breathtaking. This evening we return to Haines Junction for dinner (not included) and overnight.

Meals:  B,L

In the morning, we will have time for another short hike. We will decide on which one based on how we feel after the last two days. In the afternoon, we will return to Whitehorse and make our way to the Takhini Hot Pools to relax in the healing waters after hiking through Kluane. Rich in minerals, the natural hot springs have been in operation for over 100 years. This evening we have another opportunity to take time to explore Whitehorse and get to know the capital. Overnight downtown hotel.

Meals:  B,L

It's time for a canoe trip down the Yukon River – this trip is one of the highlight experiences of the Yukon! The Yukon River presents excellent opportunities to spot unique wildlife and to see the Yukon from a different perspective. We paddle for about 5-7 hours down the historic river between its beginning near Marsh Lake, through Mile's Canyon, and to Schwatka Lake (2 people per canoe, no paddling experience required). From here, we return to Whitehorse for a celebratory farewell dinner and final night in the capital.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today marks the end of our adventure. Take advantage of the hotel's free airport shuttle and have a safe onward journey!

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Services of a local, experienced wilderness first aid certified guide
  • All group safety equipment, including remote area communications, full first aid kit, etc.
  • Guided full day canoe trip on Yukon River, including use of all paddling gear
  • Private transportation during the trip
  • Airport transfers with the complimentary hotel shuttle
  • Park and entrance fees to sights listed in itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • International Flight
  • Items of personal nature
  • Applicable taxes

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Province/Territory:Yukon
Starting Point:Whitehorse
Activities:Guided Hiking
Guided Canoeing
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:YUK
Prices From:USD$2385
Single Supplement (optional):USD$520 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes