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Canoeing the Yukon: Pristine Nature and Gold Rush History

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10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
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ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Kerry from Redondo Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/17/14
It has been several months since I took this trip. It was an awesome experience. There were seven of us, including the Guide. It is Challenging and if participants are not strong and ready for the challenges of canoeing through the Lake area and River, then it holds everyone back. Once you set out on the trip, there is no getting off until you reach the end at Carmacks. I had never canoed, but was an experienced (strong) kayaker. I learned canoeing on this trip. There were two other couples, who had previously canoed, another strong kayaker and our Guide, who was a top notch teacher. We had a perfect group of people. As we advanced North, it got colder at night. In June, the sun didn't set until 2 am. I never needed a flashlight. The mosquitoes were terrible. Take good repellent. We were issued one roll of TP for the trip, but I needed two. Most women need two. Take a roll of TP if you are a woman, so that you have two rolls. I had neoprene booties, but no socks. My feet froze. Take neoprene socks for the booties. It rained on us periodically, so make sure you take rain gear. I had one top notch pair of rain pants, which I used for the entire trip. We canoed about 8 hours + a day. Every evening we set ashore, unloaded the "kitchen items" and our gear; set up our tents; set up the kitchen; helped with dinner; helped with cleanup; went to bed (often at 11 pm in light that was like afternoon daylight). We would eat breakfast in the morning, take down our tents, pack up our dry bags (issued to us), help clean up the kitchen and repack our canoes. Each canoe carried our dry bags and kitchen barrels/containers. Our Guide provided very healthy food and snacks. Most of the time we were alone on the Lake and River. I would love to do this again, but go to Dawson, which is twice the distance from Whitehorse. It was a most stimulating trip, providing adventure, physical challenges, good company, great food, and such a change from where I live in normal life.

Jo from Centreville, NS Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/18/13
I agree with Tom from Wisconsin (see below) about the food, the guides, the scenery...and the challenges. (In fact, my husband and I were on the same trip as Tom and his wife.) When our group signed up, the trip description advised that it was "suitable for beginning paddlers." As it happens, we were all experienced paddlers. We were very glad there were no beginners. We had adverse winds as well as the high, fast water to be expected in June, and most of us felt beginning paddlers would be exhausted (even more than we were) and miserable, even though they would have been safe with our superb guides. When I returned I took the matter up with Road Scholar via their post-trip feedback survey, and was impressed when they got in touch for more information from me. I no longer see "suitable for beginners" on the description of the trip. Good! It's a great trip, though our group also thought if it had been one day longer, the guides wouldn't have had to push us so hard, and most of us would have enjoyed it more.

Tom from Brandon, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/18/13
A fantastic trip. Great scenery,great guides, great food. I want to do it all over again. It would advise being in good shape because it is physically demanding. Headwinds on Lake Leberge can make for long, hard paddles. I would recommend some experiece canoeing so that you at least know the basic strokes and handling of the canoe. The instruction by the guides was good but it would be a lot to learn if you never canoed before. The food was fantastic, fresh and very health conscience. If you like the wilderness but want a little security this trip is for you.

Judith from Moraga, CA Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 08/12/12 - 08/21/12
A beautiful trip, well planned & expertly guided, but far more exhausting than some wilderness kayak trips I've been on in the past, due to longer days of paddling, a decidedly faster pace, and the heaviness of all the gear.
The guides increased the pace during the first half of the trip, to make sure we'd make it to the.end, & to get past Lake Laberge, which reportedly could have troublesome winds, although with the winds behind us this time, It was fun to ride the waves.
It was a terrific wilderness experience (where ghostly relics from the human past abound), but I could have benefitted from more aerobic and strength training to prepare.


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