Yukon Territory

Off the Map: Canoeing Along the Yukon’s Pristine Nature

Explore the tranquil Yukon River by canoe, and learn about Gold Rush history, explore remote historic sites and enjoy exceptional fishing in pristine nature on this 200-mile journey.
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Program No. 20537RJ
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My first question to Road Scholar about this trip was How many guides will be with us? The answer: 3. OK that was reassuring. Two experienced river guides and a gold rush historian so we would be safe and learn a lot. I signed up months ago. If they had told me only one guide right then I would not have signed up! I Got to Whitehorse 3 days in advance to do some sightseeing on my own and was very upset, disappointed and angry on the evening of the 20th when only 1 guide showed up and apparently that was going to be it. The historian meet us for dinner but there is no way to pack 11 days worth of questions into 2 hours. Road Scholar promotes their trips as learning vacations, well, they need to do a much better job then this. This was my 7th Road Scholar trip. I didn't feel safe during the first couple of days on the trip but gradually starting feeling assured. I decided that even though I was angry that I would enjoy the trip and get as much out of it as I could. For the most part I enjoyed the paddling, the weather was quite nice, only had a small amount of rain 3 times and never got soaked. There were virtually no mosquitoes and by the time we hit Dawson the Aspens were yellow and the birches were red in the higher elevations. Saw a number of bald eagles, a few grizzlies in the distance and 2 black bear, no moose. We also saw 3 big flocks of sandhill cranes flying south but while we were watching them our guide left and the others followed so we ended up leaving even though I would have much preferred to stay and continue watching them till they were out of sight. Don't know way the guide decided to leave, after all that's what we came to see. Overall I enjoyed the trip though I was disappointed in it. Some of the best things I did was in Whitehorse and Dawson such as: taking guided tours of the Klondike and Gold Bottom mine, panning for gold, hiking to MIles canyon and Canyon City, touring the McBride and Dawson City museums.

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Dear Dale, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in the Yukon despite your concerns and that you were lucky to see lots of wildlife. Due to an injury and a family emergency, one Group Leader and the instructor were unable to join your group on very short notice, so we were unable to notify you and the rest of the participants in advance. This is incredibly rare. We do apologize if this affected the educational experience that you expect from Road Scholar. We will certainly be revisiting our staffing so that we can better adapt to unforeseen circumstances like these in the future and continue to provide the highest educational standards. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback. -Team Road Scholar

The Yukon is magnificent and I can't imagine a better way to experience the Yukon region than by canoe. Our guides did not wear rubber boots but I was glad that I had mine. Thank goodness "A" and "T" were in my group. They did a lot of heavy lifting AND they shared extra toilet paper. No personal water filters were used. We were fortunate to have David Neufeld, a Yukon expert, with us to share experiences, history and stories.

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