Location and summer access
Dalayee Lake lies "as the crow flies" 85 km / 55 miles southeast of Whitehorse. Flying in by float plane gives you a great birds-eye view of the region and is a choice you will not regret. On the road it is 110 km / 70 miles to the trailhead near Squanga Lake. From there you can hike the 9 km / 5.5 miles to the cabins. The rough and in some places swampy trail follows a gentle slope through boreal forest. Elevation gain is approximately 200 meters / 650 feet.
What awaits you at the cabin
Cabin rental includes use of sauna, firewood and propane, kitchenette with utensils and dishes (bring your own food). You will also like the outdoor fireplace and the propane BBQ. Two canoes with life vests and paddles are included with the rental. Water is hauled from the pristine lake which is part of the simple lifestyle this place has to offer. A clean outhouse is just a few steps away. The beds have comfortable mattresses; however we recommend you bring a light sleeping bag with you. Although there is room for up to 8 guests in our two cabins, we will rent to only one party at a time. This ensures that guests get the unspoiled wilderness experience they are looking for.
Explore the area by foot or canoe
Dalayee Lake lies in the boreal forest. Stroll through typical white spruce, pine and alpine fir forest, or climb onto the surrounding plateaus. Look for signs of passing moose, lynx and snowshoe hare. Enjoy the sight of the plentiful waterfowl and listen to the whiskey-jacks and chickadees. Paddle out on the turquoise water of the lake and, in fall, marvel at the changing colours of the birches, aspen and willows. Gaze at the stars and, with a bit of luck, you may see the amazing northern lights dance across the sky.
Interested in experiencing a true winter wonderland? You will have to restock the wood stove yourself but it will make the place wonderfully cozy! Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice fishing are your daily activities! Access is supported by snow machine or fly-in with a ski plane.
Does this sound like fun but you are new to surviving in a true wilderness setting? We offer a guide as an option, to make sure everything works out!
Authentic wilderness log cabin
We were looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for my husband’s 50th birthday. We got that and so much more. Andrea was the perfect guide for novice paddlers like us. She guided us not only in the basics of paddling, but also shared her knowledge about the land and the history of the land. It was a bonus that she too was an avid bird watcher and we enjoyed sharing that hobby with her. She provided and prepared delicious meals over an open fire and there were plenty of snacks for in between meals. We never felt unsafe with her as our guide. Nothing can beat the beauty of paddling on the Teslin River. Everything right to our float plane flight back to Whitehorse was an awesome experience.
I spent an amazing week hiking in Kluane with Andrea and a small group of four. Before the trip, Andrea answered all my questions and even helped me create a plan for my road trip post hiking. Every day of hiking started with an amazing breakfast at The Cabins, accompanied by very interesting conversations. This is the reason we get away from the "busy-ness" of life, right? Andrea created daily plans for hiking based on what the group wanted. We did everything from easy two-hour hikes to climbing the relatively steep mountains for six hours to see Dall sheep. I really enjoyed her descriptions of various flowers, trees and birds. Dinners by Kathleen Lake were another highlight of the trip. She was able to meet the dietary needs of our group, including gluten free food for me. We could feel that Andrea really loved exploring nature and sharing it with others, and puts her heart into making the trip successful.
I took a lot of pleasure with my three teenage kids going on a five-day canoeing trip on the Yukon River from Lake Laberge to Little Salmon by the end of August 2019. The trip was perfectly organized (a must when going into the wild outdoors) and yet we had the complete feeling of freedom that one can enjoy in such a natural landscape. Andrea knows how to guide the group so that we could all move safely and enjoy each and every moment. We even tried pike fishing, saw salmon going upstream ... Besides being an experienced guide, Andrea is a passionate nature lover, sharing and explaining, and there is a lot on the Yukon.