Come Experience the Yukon!
Does your spirit of adventure yearn for something new and exciting? Or perhaps you’re seeking that hassle free trip that rejuvenates the soul? Can you be that authentic explorer you dream about?
Join us on this once in a lifetime journey through Yukon history. Experience the era of the “Gold Rush.” An era in Canada history that made the Yukon the last frontier unto this day. Let our guides tell you about the history of the gold rush era and how the lure of gold brought thousands of people to the Yukon. History not you your reason to travel? Immerse yourself in Canada last frontier of wilderness. Enjoy the therapeutic highway of traveling on water. You will not find a better way to reconnect with yourself then surrounded by the Yukon endless forests and mountains. Revel in the idea that you could not see anyone for days, and finally get a chance to unplug from the world. See our wildlife in its natural environment.
This adventure will leave you wanting more than you could have ever expected. This phenomenon is what us locals call the “Spell of the Yukon”.
“It’s the great, big, broad land ’way up yonder,
It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.”
– Robert Service (1907)
This itinerary may be altered due to factors such as weather, and group interest, with guides working within the parameters of safety, time, and area highlights. This Stand Up Paddle (SUP) trip is self-supported.
Definition of self-supported: Our group brings all food and necessary equipment on the paddle boards. No support boats come with us.
Arrival Whitehorse a day before the tour begins.
Individual arrivals in Whitehorse, and transfer to your downtown hotel. After you check in we’ve have planned a group paddle with your fellow group members and a get to know your local Yukon guide. We’ll review our plan on the river and if you need to you will be able to pick up any missing item you may forgotten. Your evening will be free for some local sightseeing and shopping. Then back to your hotel for a great sleep.
We pick you 6:00am fro you hotel. We drive to meet our local and crazy busy pilot, crazy? Well to fly in the Canada true north you have to be a bit crazy. Upon arrival we unload the gear from our vehicle and load the plane for a short flight to lower Lake Lebarge, where we debark at one of the Yukon oldest gold rush supply towns. If your lucky will let you drive the truck that has been there since the 1920. After our plan leaves us in the Yukon wilds, we load our gear on our SUP boards and start our amazing journey down the historic Yukon river. After a 40 kilometer to 50 kilometer paddle. We set up camp for the night.
Upon entering the beautiful Thirty Mile River section (Lake Lebarge), we will encounter the wonderful world of the famous Yukon river Ever-changing landscapes and abundant wildlife will be your companions as the canoe trip down the Yukon River continues. Highlights include world-class fishing and keeping an eye open for wildlife, with potential sightings of black or grizzly bear, wolf, moose, caribou, wolverine, mink, bald eagle and marten. All day long you will encounter beautiful mountain vistas and relics of the old Gold Rush Days as you pass through Hootalinqua, an historic NWMP outpost and Big Salmon Village at the confluence of the Big Salmon and Yukon Rivers. Camping in tents and sharing stories by the campfire under the “midnight sun”, provides the foundation for a truly unique wilderness experience
After our last wake up we set of for carmaks and then enjoy a scenice drive from carmaks to Whitehorse.
Costs Includes the Following
Airport pickup/drop off
Meals: Starting breakfast on 2nd and through lunch on day 5.
All local protocol fees
SUP inflatable stand up paddleboards, paddles, and all safety gear
Float plane fly-in costs
1:4 guide to client ratio
Price Does Not Include the Following
Transportation between your home and Whitehorse, Yukon and your return home
Personal belongings and equipment (see equipment and packing list)
Accommodation in Whitehorse prior to and prior to departure home
Any extra expenses incurred because of weather, logistical delays, or delayed departures of scheduled or chartered aircraft
A $500 deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your place on the expedition with the balance to be paid 60 days before trip departure. Payments by cheque to Old Town Paddle Co or email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org are preferred. You can also pay via credit card but a 3% service charged will be applied to your invoice.
Cancellation 60 days before trip start date will result in a refund of deposit less $200. Cancellation within 59-30 days before the trip start date will result in a refund of 50% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund for trips canceled within 30 days of trip departure.
How long are the paddling days?
The first two days after our float plane drop will require us to paddle approximately 24km. While not a significant distance, the weather is ever-changing and we want to make sure we can reach our destination points within a reasonable time. Participants can expect approximately 5 hours of paddling per day.
What type of experience and fitness is required?
Guests will need to have some experience paddling a stand up paddleboard to enjoy the trip and allow the group to travel at a practical pace. We recommend having a really good lesson to start with to develop an efficient forward stroke and then spending weekly time standup paddle boarding in your local area. Ask us about a proper paddling program for multi-day expeditions.
Practice on a SUP while loaded with multi-day camping gear (or equivalent dry bag weight) is recommended as paddling with a loaded vessel is quite different than paddling with no load.
What are the river conditions?
The weather forecast is never a guarantee so we can expect anything from warm, sunny and +30c to cool, extremely windy and +10c. We try our best to avoid windy and wavy conditions, but the first point to point portion of this trip requires us to paddle along an exposed portion of the river while carrying all of our gear.
How bad are the bugs/mosquitos?
While the bugs won’t be a problem while paddling on the water (especially if we have a breeze and its warm and sunny), they are the worst in wooded areas and the early evening and night. However, for those who aren’t used to mosquitos, they are potentially too much for some people to handle. We feel that with the proper clothing and bug repellent, those little critters won’t affect your enjoyment on this trip!
Getting to Whitehorse
You must arrive in Whitehorse the day before your SUP adventure is to take place.
Air Canada operates two daily flights into Whitehorse and departs from Any where in Canada and other international destinations.
Air North also has flights to Whitehorse and from Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver, Yellowknife.
Accommodations in Whitehorse:
Costal High Country Inn