believe in something.
I believe I'll go canoeing." -
Henry David Thoreau
The Wind River presents Yukon
wilderness at its best.
Our trip begins from Mayo with a dramatic floatplane
flight over the Wernecke Mountains to McClusky Lake.
After a short portage of gear and equipment, we begin a journey into solitude
and adventure. The Wind is a meandering river that periodically braids its
way to the Peel River. You will be captivated by the extraordinary
clearness and colour of its water.
The river is mostly a Class I/II river, characterized by riffles, tight
corners and the occasional powerful eddy. As such, it is best suited to
paddlers who have had river experience and are comfortable with river paddling
The surrounding ridges are ideal for hiking. A few layover days have been
scheduled to take advantage of the scenic vistas that these ridges offer.
The wild country that the Wind courses, is home to sheep, goats, caribou,
elk, beaver, wolf, eagles, falcons and more. It would be surprising if a
number of these were not encountered during the paddle.
At the Peel River we will be met by our floatplane and returned to Mayo.
This flight will give us an excellent view of the Wind River.
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THE SEA TO SKY ADVANTAGE
- 25 years of quality guided wilderness adventures.
- Certified guides with Wilderness First Aid.
- Diversified, tasty menu with meals prepared by our guides.
- Top of the line equipment including Clipper canoes and tents.
- Special hotel rate in Whitehorse.
- Conditioning program to assist preparation.
- Comprehensive equipment/clothing information package.
- On going preparation support from our office.
- Large dry bags to transport clothing/equipment.
WIND RIVER ITINERARY
A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will
be issued upon registration.
Transportation from the point
of origin and return, charter air flights, camping fees, cooking gear,
camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, canoes, canoe carts, paddles, life
jackets, canoe dry bags, meals/snacks/beverages on the expedition, tarps,
major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional
: Transportation to point of origin, transfers, accommodation
and food other than included in the itinerary, gratuities, and personal
: All food while on the canoeing portion of the trip.
Arrival in Whitehorse, Yukon. This denotes the day or days
spent in Whitehorse before the listed start date of the trip.
- Transportation from Whitehorse to the town of Mayo where
we will fly by charter to McCluskey Lake. A picturesque mountain setting,
with an old cabin, serves as our first campsite.
- We will use the morning to review our paddling technique
on the lake and to portage our gear a short distance to a creek in preparation
for setting out on our adventure. An afternoon of lining our canoes will
bring us to the Wind River and our campsite for the evening. And thus begins our 280 km (165 miles) journey down the Wind River.
Days 3/11 -
Our days on the river will take us through some incredible
Yukon wilderness. Campsites have been selected to optimize the best of the Wind.
We have set aside some non-paddling days to hike some of the mountain ridges
that parallel the river. This is also a prime wildlife area with sightings of
caribou, sheep, bear, eagles, and a myriad of mammal and bird life very possible.
We will eventually join the Peel River, passing
both the Bonnet Plume and Snake Rivers confluence, and camp on a gravel
bar in preparation for our return flight to Mayo.
- Our air charter will return us to Mayo and from there return
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