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Replica of a Voyageur Canoe, used by Hudson Bay Fur Traders during the 18th and 19th Century

The Klondike Gold Rush Trail (part II)   -   15 days/ 14 nights    -
Following the Gold Rush Trail of 1898 in a voyageur canoe

1896: George Carmack and his two Indian companions discovered gold in a small tributary creek of the Klondike River initiating the greatest Gold Rush the world had ever seen. At the peak of the Gold Rush in 1898 more than a hundred thousand adventurers from all over the world migrated towards the Yukon Territory. 40,000 actually reached the destination of their dreams - The Klondike and only a few hundred gained wealth. The gold seekers had to carry their equipment under gruelling conditions across the feared Chilkoot Pass. From Lake Bennet they continued their journey north to the Klondike with primitive self-made boats or floats. On our 750 kilometre (470 miles) journey on the Yukon River we follow the original Klondike Route in a 12 passenger voyageur canoe* all the way north to Dawson City. The once feared Five Finger Rapids and the Rink Rapids are no problem for our big canoe. The smooth gliding on the mighty Yukon River, the stillness and vastness of the wilderness are providing unforgettable impressions of the wild north.

* Eight to twelve passenger canoes, as they were used by the Hudson Bay Company fur traders

Itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrival at Whitehorse airport and reception by your tour guide. Transfer to a downtown hotel.
Hotel: River View Hotel

Day 2:
Sightseeing of Whitehorse in the morning: McBride Museum, Old Sternwheeler MS KlondikeYukon Sternwheeler, Old Log Church, last opportunity for shopping. In the afternoon we will load and embark our 10 metres (30 feet) long canoe and paddle down the fast flowing Yukon River to Lake Laberge.

 

 

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Day 3 to 13:
On the third day we will cross Lake Laberge. At the end of the lake we will find an abandoned settlement: Lower Lake Laberge. The following section of the Yukon River is called "The Thirty Mile River". It extends from the end of Lake Laberge to the mouth of the Teslin River. In 1991 it was declared as Canadian Cultural Heritage Site, because of its natural beauty and cultural and historical relevance. Sunken paddlewheelers are the last remaining witnesses of the time, when the Yukon was played by numerous sternwheelers. Today Impenetrable primeval forest along the Yukon shorelinethe Yukon is traveled on by canoes and occasionally by small motor boats of local Indians fishing for salmon. Remnants of the Yukon Crossing Road HouseAfter about five days and 320 kilometres (200 miles) we will arrive at a private campground near Carmacks. Continuing our journey we safely will pass through the Five Finger Rapids. At Yukon Crossing we will set up our next camp. Yukon Crossing was once a place, where horses and wagons were ferried crossed the river on their way to Dawson City. On the next day we will arrive in Minto, an abandoned sternwheeler station. The next stop on our way to Dawson City will be Grizzly Family ashore the Yukon Riverin Fort Selkirk, the first fur trading post in the Yukon (established in 1848). Fort Selkirk was destroyed by natives a few years after its establishment. It was restored recently and gives a good impression on how people lived there until the 1950s. Newly restored Ft. Selkirk, the first fur trader settlement in the YukonWe will spend the remaining 4 days on the Yukon River with smooth canoeing and occasional drifting. If we are lucky, we will spot moose or bear crossing the river. Typical trapper food cacheThese animals will hide away in the bush on the banks, as soon as people are approaching. Bald eagles can be spotted almost every day. During the whole trip the Yukon River flows through pristine wilderness. Impenetrable forests are seaming the banks of the mighty river.Newly restored Ft. Selkirk, the first fur trader settlement in the Yukon On the thirteenth day we will arrive in Dawson City, the legendary capital of the Gold Rush of 1898. Today Dawson City looks like a western movie setting. The surroundings of Dawson city bears the traces of one century of gold seeking. In the evening we will visit "Diamond Tooth Gertie’s" Gambling Hall, the only legal gambling hall in the Yukon Territory. Poker, black jack Diamond Tooth Gertie's Can-Can-Dancerand roulette; honk-y-tonk piano players and can-can-girls create an almost authentic Gold Rush atmosphere.

 

 

 

Hotel: Aurora Inn or Westmark Inn

Day 14:
In the morning we have scheduled a visit at the Gold Rush Museum and the Jack London Cabin. After that, we will say good bye to Dawson from the Midnight Dome, a viewpoint high above the city. Via the Klondike Highway we will arrive in Whitehorse in the late afternoon.

Hotel: River View Hotel

Day 15:
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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Participants:     6 - 10 persons

THE  KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH TRAIL
Travel dates 2015: upon request

Other add on options:     see self drive tour "Fly & Drive" and "Legendary Yukon Territory"

Price per person from/to Whitehorse
based on double room occupancy CA$

2,590.00

single room / single tent supplement CA$

355.00

All prices are subject to 5 % GST (Goods & Service Tax

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We reserve the right to change our prices due to unpredictable increase of fuel prices.

Price includes:
  • 2 nights in a hotel in Whitehorse
  • 1 night in a hotel in Dawson City
  • 11 nights in a 2-person-tent
  • All necessary transfers
  • Trip from Dawson City to Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway
  • 12 days voyageur canoe trip on the Yukon River
  • Rental and transport of the canoe
  • All necessary Canadian insurances
  • All meals except on the days with hotel accommodation
  • All cooking and camping equipment
  • Guided tour through Dawson City
  • Entrance fees gambling hall and museum in Dawson City
  • Experienced river and wilderness guide

    Price does not include:
    Sleeping bag and sleeping pad

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    Important Note:
    We reserve the right to stay in hotels other as described in the itinerary. We also reserve the right to conduct the itinerary in opposite direction or change parts of the tour description if necessary due to circumstances that are beyond the control of Canadian Wilderness Travel Ltd. All changes will be replaced by same or better options.

    We strongly recommend you to purchase proper insurance coverage at the time of booking. Your policy should cover at least trip cancellation, injury, illness, travel accident, medical emergency and search & rescue.

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    CANADIAN WILDERNESS TRAVEL Ltd.
    P.O. Box 114, Carmacks, Y0B 1C0, Yukon Territory, CANADA
    Phone: 867 863 5404, FAX: 867 863 5405
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