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 strokes. 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.
A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation.The balance of the fee is due 60 days prior to commencement date of the trip. As a significant portion of our trip costs is already committed well in advance of each trip, there is no refund after 60 days. If payment is not received when due, Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. Sea to Sky Expeditions will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and full balance of payment, if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable moneys from third party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing.Please note that all tours in B.C and the Yukon. are subject to a 5% GST federal tax. No one may depart on a trip unless all payments and necessary documents (including medical and liability release forms) are received by Sea to Sky Expeditions. Due to the nature of operating in the wilderness and international destinations, prices are subject to change [rare]. Where necessary to change a price, we will try to provide as much notice as possible, and offer you the choice of another trip, or to cancel, with full refund. Our prices are quoted in Canadian dollars. If you choose to pay by credit card, we have to process the payment in Canadian funds. Your credit card company will automatically change it to your currency based on their exchange rate. If you paid your deposit in Canadian funds, please continue to make all further payments in Canadian funds to avoid any confusion in the daily changing exchange rate. Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to alter itineraries or cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient booking levels or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. A trip cancellation due to insufficient booking levels will generally occur at least 30 days prior to departure. Sea to Sky Expeditions is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip (i.e. non refundable airline tickets, visa fees, equipment, etc.).
A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will be issued upon registration.
Included: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 guides. Meals: All food while on the canoeing portion of the trip.
Excluded: Transportation to point of origin, transfers, accommodation and food other than included in the itinerary, and personal equipment.
Gratuities are not included. Our guides make every effort to ensure your holiday is all you expected and more. Recognition of a job well done is always appreciated; $10-20/day per guide is recommended.
Day 0: Arrival in Whitehorse, Yukon. This denotes the day or days spent in Whitehorse before the listed start date of the trip.
Day 1 – 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.
Day 2 – 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 3/13 – 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.
Day 14 – Our air charter will return us to Mayo and from there return to Whitehorse.
WhitehorseAir Canada has daily flights to Whitehorse. Air North has scheduled flights from Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver to Whitehorse. Please check with your travel agent for details. Air Condor has one direct flight per week from Frankfurt, Germany.