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2019 Trip Guide

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2019 Trip Guide

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For over 50 years, we’ve paddled Canada’s less traveled waterways with canoe trips throughout Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut, and the Yukon. We’ve pioneered many new routes during that period, always looking to find adventure and fun off the beaten path. In the mid 90’s we began offering sea kayaking in Baja and Florida during the winter and more recently have expanded this to similar adventures in Central America. Please browse our upcoming trips and start making plans to join us on the water. If you have questions, we’d love to hear from you!

Overview

Rising between the Bonnet Plume Range (Selwyn Mountains) and the Backbone range (Mackenzie Mountains) along the Yukon/NWT border The Snake River of the Northern Yukon is a superb paddling river with much diversity and many moods.
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$7195 CAD

For over 50 years, we’ve paddled Canada’s less traveled waterways with canoe trips throughout Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut, and the Yukon. We’ve pioneered many new routes during that period, always looking to find adventure and fun off the beaten path. In the mid 90’s we began offering sea kayaking in Baja and Florida during the winter and more recently have expanded this to similar adventures in Central America. Please browse our upcoming trips and start making plans to join us on the water. If you have questions, we’d love to hear from you!

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Canoeing

Experience/Service

  • Paddling Trip

Waterway

  • Rivers and Streams (no whitewater)
  • Whitewater Class I
  • Whitewater Class II
  • Whitewater Class III

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 2 Weeks

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Intermediate

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

Meeting Place

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Day 1:

We will have a quick early breakfast and then hit the road. Travelling by van we will make the scenic 5-hour drive to the end of the road at Mayo. Here we will transfer to float plane and fly the spectacular and remote 135 miles into Duo Lakes.

Day 2:

Hike (& portage) We will spend the first two days of the trip enjoying the spectacular scenery around the Duo Lakes. There will be many opportunities to hike and explore up into the stunning Mountains that surround these lakes.

Day 3:

During these days we will also take our canoes and any gear that is not needed at the campsite across the portage to the river.

Day 4:

We will make the portage with remaining gear from the lake into the river and then in afternoon begin our descent of the Snake. Where we enter the Snake it is a broad braided fan.

Day 5:

Hike Day. From our base camp at the beautiful creek confluence we will hike up the local ridges for spectacular views of the surrounding ranges and four drainage basins. Here the red ridges and peaks offer unusual and enticing opportunities for exploration.

Day 6:

Day 35km. Back on the river we will be treated to expanses of fireweed and mini canyons. The Bonnet Plume Range dominates the horizon with a good possibility of spotting Dall sheep, caribou and grizzly.

Day 7:

40km. Today we encounter the canyon (km 96 which we can be portaged 500m on the left, but is normally a class 3 run. Over the course of the day there are many kms of enjoyable Class II rapids.

Day 8:

40km. Today the river changes character and scenery! The Snake cuts through the mountain range in a fast, fun class 2-3 twisty roller coaster ride and enters a broad new valley. We will make camp in this new valley.

Day 9:

40km. Today we encounter the Middle Canyon of the Snake: here the river cuts through a short narrow canyon. At most water levels this is a Class II run. A short portage is an option.

Day 10:

Hike Day (optional). Optional group and conditions permitting we will plan another hike in the dramatic range overlooking the valley.

Day 11:

45km. Today we say good bye to the mountains and enter an extended braided region of river as well as the lower canyons of the Snake . We’ll make a quick stop and take a short hike to up a beautiful creek to lovely pools and waterfalls.

Day 12:

45km. The Splits finally do come together and the Snake starts to meander a little bit. There are fewer and fewer rapids but good current continues though higher cliffs cut by numerous small creeks.

Day 13:

45km. This is mostly a flat day although some current does remain. In the afternoon we will leave the Snake and the final big bends from which it earns its name. Here we enter the larger and faster Peel with high clay cliffs and aspen islands. Camp will be on the Peel River at the “Taco Bar”.

Day 14:

Safety Day (extra day in case of bed weather, plane delays etc etc

Day 15:

(Aug 18) (End Trip). In the morning we will be met by the float plane that will take us back to Mayo. There we will be met by van and travel the Klondike Highway back to Whitehorse.! (Book Flights home for the next Day).

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