McQuesten River Canoe Trip
Paddle through Pristine Country
The McQuesten River originates in the mountains of the Yukon - NWT border and flows west towards the Yukon River. The lower section is a gentle paddle through pristine country making an enjoyable wilderness trip, ideal for new-to-the sport canoeists and explorers. A combination of scenery, wilderness, easy paddling and without risk of difficult white water, this is a recommended journey for families and kids over 12 years. Together you can visit a part of Yukon that is less travelled and which offers a rare insight into the nature found in Canada’s true north. Enjoy days in unspoiled beauty where wildlife spotting, fishing and sightseeing are popular activities. The occasional old prospector’s cabin seen en route reflects the recent frontier history of the region. Cheaper air fares to the Yukon make trips like the McQuesten River a practical one week escape!
McQuesten River Canoe Trip Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Whitehorse; guide will meet you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in downtown Whitehorse.
Day 2: Depart this morning on northbound drive through central Yukon to Mayo and McQuesten River. A scenic, paddling adventure offers adventurers good, natural campsites along the route.
Day 3 to 5: The McQuesten River is a true pleasure trip, easy to paddle with a helpful, clear water current. The pace is relaxing with ample time to fish or take an occasional hike. Species found in these waters include Northern Pike, Arctic Grayling and Lake Trout.
The river winds through a varied landscape with new vistas at every turn. During summer bears come to the McQuesten to fish salmon while migrating to their traditional spawning grounds. Chances of sighting bears are good and with luck, moose and beaver may be spotted.
A wide variety of birds are summer residents and include; golden and bald eagles, mergansers, geese, loons and many varieties of ducks. Distance travelled on the river is 130 km / 80 miles and allows time to enjoy camp life and short hikes.
Day 6: Reaching the Klondike Highway marks the end of our canoeing segment. After loading equipment and canoes into the van and trailer we drive north to Dawson City. With its turn of the century appeal, wooden sidewalks and colourful saloons, Dawson City is the perfect venue to celebrate a good river trip. One of Canada’s oldest gambling halls, Diamond Tooth Gerties puts on a great show.
Day 7: Touring the Klondike goldfields is a must and this morning we visit a working gold claim to pan for gold. Returning to Whitehorse by van planned arrival at the downtown hotel is late afternoon.
Day 8: Transfer to airport for your flight home.
The McQuesten River is Class 1. No portages or whitewater. Suitable for novice paddlers. No prior wilderness experience is necessary; however you should be comfortable paddling a few hours each day. Families with children over 12 years of age are welcome on this trip. Hikes are fairly short - day-pack style.
All trips START / END in Whitehorse.