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Less Explored Yukon

The Klondiker: Paddling the Big Salmon River

Ruby Range Adventure

The Big Salmon is a spectacular and wild Yukon river accessible to intermediate paddlers.

Overview

For the intermediate canoeist, The Big Salmon is a magic combination: a truly wild and scenic Yukon river that is accessible to paddlers. The Big Salmon is remote, seeing only a handful of paddlers each year. It’s winding, narrow, and offers some exciting wave trains and eddies to play on, but the difficulties can be avoided and are also suitable for beginners, however basics of paddling should be necessarily present. Like much of Yukon, the river has its gold rush history, but today it remains in a pristine natural state, teeming populations of moose, Dall sheep, bears and beaver. The water is clear and cold. For the fisherman, this is an ideal chance to catch trout, grayling, pike and, if we’re lucky, migrating salmon in the fall. This is one of our favourite tours, highly recommended for travellers who want to step off the beaten track.

Highlights

Expert guidance on the entire trip

Canoes and camping equipment

Overland transportation

2 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse

All meals included on canoe trip

Airport Shuttle in Whitehorse

Details

Duration
15 Days
Level
Moderate
Dates
May - September
Price
$2,575 per person

Operator testimonials

ONE OF THE BEST WEEKS I’VE EVER HAD

Jen

I did the seven-day dogsledding trip with Sky High. It was absolutely amazing. The location just out of Whitehorse is very convenient, the staff are fantastic and the experience is something most of us only dream of. Our guides on the sled trails varied throughout the week which was actually a great thing. While they are all incredible everyone has a different teaching style and you find that you pick up tiny little things from each instructor during your stay. The lodge is really nice and the best part is that you are completely Off The Grid. NO Wi-Fi, no power, it's great. Jocelyn will take cameras and camera phones on a nightly basis to charge if required but unless you are using your phone as your only camera, you may never need to get anything charged. The outhouse is very cool (literally in -30 I imagine) but it is away from the lodge. About 20–30 metres I would say, so plan your evening drinks accordingly. I got up the first night to use the outhouse and the stars were so stunning that every night if I woke up I would get up and head out to the balcony for five minutes of star gazing. What a view. You learn everything you need to about your dogs. How to put them on, take them off, untangle them mid mush, feed them and of course poopa scoop. Its very comprehensive and leaves you feeling that you could actually learn this as a skill if you wanted to stay a fair bit longer. We kind of got thrown in the deep end a bit as they unfortunately had a drastic change in weather and the snow was disappearing fast, but even then you knew you were in good hands. Everything was very safe and there have been very few things that I've done that were that much fun. The staff, the guides, the lodge and the experience were all first rate. Dogsledding isn't for you if you are a bit princess-like though. You need to stay focused, listen, do what you are told (immediately), not care that you are going out to the loo in your long johns (trust me you just do it), love being without Facebook or Instagram for a week, and you need to enjoy good wholesome food. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sky High to anyone and everyone who would like to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

FLEXIBLE AND ACCOMMODATING

Hailey

I went to Sky High Wilderness Ranch for their four-day Hike with Huskies. When my trip date was approaching I was informed that I was the only one who had booked the four-day hike that week. At first, I was a bit worried but I really shouldn't have been! Owner Trudi reached out to me with a fabulous new itinerary which included a day trip to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Hot Springs. My itinerary was adjusted to include two hikes, several horseback rides and the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Hot Springs day trip. A four-day hike would have been great; however, I honestly wouldn't have wanted my trip to go any other way. I would definitely recommend Sky High Wilderness Ranch for a short ride or a week-long trip. The owners and staff are incredible people with awesome stories and the surrounding views are spectacual. The accommodations are perfect with a cozy, rustic feel.

WELL WORTH THE MONEY

Ruth S.

This tour was perfect! I can’t imagine a better way to visit "the last frontier." Our driver–guide was a joy to be with and full of interesting and funny stories. The itinerary and the included excursions were very well done; the majority of the optional excursions that I participated in were well worth the additional money spent, especially the Kenai Fjords tour.

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