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Een kanotocht op de Yukon River is een 'once in a lifetime experience' voor liefhebbers van ruimte, stilte en avontuur. De tocht begint in Whitehorse en brengt je in zo'n 16 dagen al kanoënd naar het historische Dawson City. Aan het einde van de negentiende eeuw was dit het kloppende hart van de Klondike Gold Rush. Onderweg kampeer je en is er grote kans om wilde dieren tegen te komen.
Dag 1 - Aankomst in Whitehorse
Arrive Whitehorse. Transfer to your downtown hotel. This afternoon, you’ll meet your guide and your fellow travellers, and have a chance to pick-up any last minute supplies. Evening free for optional sightseeing and touring. Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse.
Dag 2 -17 - Kanoën naar Dawson City
Your canoe trip starts on the legendary Yukon River. During the next two weeks, we’ll paddle along this wonderful wilderness river passing old trading posts, modern off the grid cabins, and relics of the Gold Rush. The put-in is located at the confluence of the Takhini River and the Yukon River. After just a few minutes on the river, we’ll leave our busy life and civilization behind us. We’ll soon reach Lake Laberge, made famous by Gold Rush poet, Robert Service, in his epic poem, the Cremation of Sam McGee. Service famously changed the name of the lake to “LaBarge” to rhyme with the line “on the marge”. We’ll follow that shoreline of the lake before we reach a stretch of the Yukon River known as the 30 Mile near Hootalinqua, a former trading post and RNWMP station. The 30 Mile current moves fairly quickly and is a prime location for fishing for Arctic grayling or northern pike. This section of the Yukon River is relatively narrow, so the chances of wildlife sightings including black bears and moose at close range, are quite good. We’ll soon pass by the confluences of the Teslin and Big Salmon Rivers and on day 08, we’ll arrive in the First Nations (native) community of Carmacks. The town was originally established when George Carmack, one of the original discoverers of gold at Dawson City.
Shortly after Carmacks we’ll reach the famous Five Finger Rapids, 1 of only 2 rapids on the entire route (together with the Rink Rapids) and the only real hazard to river boats travelling to Dawson during the Gold Rush. 4 large boulders in the river create a series of ‘standing’ waves, but by now, with your paddling techniques honed, you’ll tackle the obstacle without problems. Following the rapids, the river valley widens and high bluffs border the river for long distances. We’ll pass the confluences of several creeks, streams and rivers including the Pelly, White and Stewart Rivers, and encounter several gravel bars and larger islands, which make perfect campsites, as they are flat, open and generally free of bears. One such island is the former Hudson Bay trading post, Fort Selkirk. A territorial park, Fort Selkirk is one of the best preserved examples of old time Yukon. Several of the original buildings have been restored, and a few are being used by people from the Selkirk First Nation.
On Day 17 we’ll reach Dawson City! Located at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, Dawson City is a welcome sight after more than 10 days on the river without seeing a town or village. The afternoon is at leisure and tonight we’ll kick our heels “Klondike” style, just like the gold rushers of 1898! (Day 17 overnight accommodation in Dawson City.)
Dag 18 - Tour in Dawson City
Today, we’ll tour the city including the cabins of Jack London and Robert Service and the Dawson City Museum. Then we’ll travel out to Bonanza Creek where gold was first discovered in 1896, to visit the Discovery Claim and see the impressive Dredge #4 National Historic Site. You will even have a chance to pan for gold yourself and keep all you can find! On the way back to town, we’ll stop in at the Midnight Dome, to enjoy a magnificent view over the city and the Yukon and Klondike River valleys. In the evening we’ll visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s casino for an evening of Can-Can dancing, gambling and lots of good fun! Overnight accommodation in Dawson City.
Dag 19 - Terug naar Whitehorse
Today we’ll return to Whitehorse by tour van via the Klondike Highway. The driving time is considerably quicker than the trip by river. We’ll stop at a few scenic locations along the highway, including the incredible Five Finger Rapids overlook. Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse.
Dag 20 - Vertrek uit Whitehorse
Transfer to the airport. End of tour services or join your next tour program.
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