Canada Northwest / Go Wild Calgary to Whitehorse

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Trip Length 21 Trip Code NA - RR - 11
Tour Group 2 - 12 Age Range Open

Canada Northwest / Go Wild Calgary to Whitehorse: Tour Information

Wild, rugged country, like you knew it would be. During your 21-day camping tour between Calgary and Whitehorse, Yukon, you travel stretches where the chances to meet wild animals is better than finding people.
The spectacular landscapes along the primitive Cassiar and Dempster Highways are hardly touched by tourism. The Arctic Circle, with the tundra stretching for thousands of miles in every direction, is the most northern point of your tour. Exploring and hiking in these areas as
well as in the famous Banff and Jasper National Parks you visit the most outstanding places in a variety of landscapes of the Canadian Northwest

Day 1: CALGARY
Day 2: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Day 3: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Day 4: JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Day 5: JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Day 6: FORT ST .JAMES
Day 7: FORT ST .JAMES
Day 8: NEW HAZELTON
Day 9: STEWART
Day 10: STEWART
Day 11: CASSIAR HIGHWAY
Day 12: CASSIAR HIGHWAY
Day 13: LAKE LABERGE
Day 14: DAWSON CITY
Day 15: DAWSON CITY /DEMPSTE R
Day 16: TOMBSTONE MOUNTAINS
Day 17: Rock River / North of Arctic Circle
Day 18: Rock River
Day 19: MOOSE CREEK
Day 20: WHITEHORSE
Day 21: Departure Whitehorse.

Canada's Northwest / Go Wild Calgary to Whitehorse

Day 1: CALGARY
Arrival in Calgary, transfer to the hotel and pre trip information with the guide.

Day 2: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Short city tour of Calgary and 170 km (105 mi) drive into Banff National Park. In the forested campground you pitch your tent for the next two nights. This afternoon your guide takes you on for a warm-up hike on one of the many trails near Banff. Walking time 2 – 3 hours

Day 3: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
A longer hike on one of the many trails in this national park is on today’s menu. Your guide knows the best destinations for the times of the season, even the lesser known. An easy forested trail ends in an alpine meadow with wide angle vies in all directions, ideal for further
explorations. Maximum height at 2300 m (7660 ft) with 655 m (2181 ft) gain. Later you might want to relax in the warm sulphur pool and totum polesbrowse the many stores and boutiques of the little town.

Day 4: JASPER NATIONAL PARK
You board the bus for the drive west into the Rocky Mountain national parks. Short warmup hikes and many photo stops in Banff, Lake Louise, Bow Lake and especially along the Icefields Parkway with it’s glaciers and turquoise lakes. Not far from the little town of Jasper
you set up your tent for the next two days.

Day 5: JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Along Maligne Canyon the river is roaring up to 50 m (165 ft) below you. Now a side trip to picturesque Maligne Lake for a 4 hour hike into the flower covered hills at 2300 m (7590 ft). You can follow the open ridge for many more miles, always with stunning views of the
surrounding peaks.

Day 6: FORT ST .JAMES
West of the Rockies you get into the cariboo Mountains an follow Frazer River to the logging town of Prince George. Now a side trip to Fort St.James National Park and Historic Site. The former fur trading post with it’s old buildings is today an open air museum. Campground on
the shores of Stuart lake for the next two days.

Day 7: FORT ST .JAMES
Unless you prefer to relax by the lake you can join the guide on a 12 km (7.2 mi) loop hike with 790 m (2630 ft) gain for a grandiose panorama view of the lake and into the distant plateau.

Day 8: NEW HAZELTON
Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers and a few smaller towns on your north-west route through this vast country of forests and mountains. Moricetown Falls is a narrow canyon where migrating salmon can be seen during the summer months. Campground at Ksan where Native guides explain totem poles and longhouses of an ancient culture.

Day 9: STEWART
The oldest still standing totem poles can be found near Kitwanga and Kitwancool. After setting up camp by a lake, there is time this evening for an excursion to fantastic blue tinted hanging glaciers of Bear Pass..

Day 10: STEWART
A side trip to Alaska. Only 3 km and an international border apart but what contrasts. Tidy, typical Canadian Stewart has the school and the bank, end-of-the-road Hyder is purely Alaskan. The plan here is an excursion past old mines and a hike to Salmon Glacier. Walking
time 3 hours.

Day 11: CASSIAR HIGHWAY
Only a few hundred souls live along this rarely travelled northern route. The scenery of the high plateau, framed by rugged peaks of the Coastal and Cassiar Ranges leaves a powerful impression of vastness and solitude. Camping by Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park.

Day 12: CASSIAR HIGHWAY
Rent a canoe and check out the lake, bring your diary up to date, or follow the guide to the summit of one of the surrounding mountains. Übernachtung am Boya Lake. 273 km

Day 13: LAKE LABERGE
After traveling for appr. 90km we meet the “Historic Lifeline to the North”, the Alaska Highway. Along the way we’ll visit historic settlements which still today accommodate and assist travelers on their way to the Yukon and Alaska. Campground at Lake Laberge.

Day 14: DAWSON CITY
On our way upnorth we will stop and visit the infamous Five Finger Rapids of the Yukon River. A short trail leads to the spot where years ago many a paddle wheeler met it’s doom. Tonight you reach Dawson City and the campground on the banks of the Yukon. Don’t miss the town’s nightlife with gambling casinos and Can-Can girls. Overnight at Dawson City Campground

Day 15: DAWSON CITY /DEMPSTE R
After a visit of Bonanza Creek, a hundred years ago site of the biggest gold rush of all times, you leave the Klondike gold fields. The infamous Dempster Highway, 730 km (455 mi) of gravel, is the only road connection to the arctic ocean. Camp for 3 nights at the base of the Tombstone Mountains.

Day 16: TOMBSTONE MOUNTAINS
Now you have choices of easy to very demanding trails in out-of-the-world settings. For example easy 4 km (2,5 mi) to a viewpoint and from there another 3 (1.8 mi) difficult but very rewarding km to a ridge where you can go on further explorations. In all 10 km (6.3 mi) with
550 m (1830 ft) gain. The black basalt mountains have a moonscape appearance but are the home of caribous which can be spotted in small groups and large herds. Each season has it’s own charm, like the coloration of the forests in late summer.
Overnight at Tombstone Mountain Campground.

Day 17: Rock River / North of Arctic Circle
You have reached the Arctic Circle, an imaginary line around our planet at 66° 33’ north latitude. It marks the southern limits of the Arctic, Land of the Midnight Sun. The “line” is actually the edge of a band of 24-hour sunlight that stretches from the North Pole to here
at midnight on June 21, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Six months later, on the shortest day, it is the edge of a huge shadow that blankets the Arctic. On June 21, you would not see the sun set here: on December 21, you would not see it rise. Overnight at Rock River Campground.

Day 18: Rock River
The Porcupine Caribou herd migrates through this region and provides a plentiful subsistence lifestyle that has endured, as the Gwich’in say, “forever”. The north-central Yukon was able to support a larger human population than the much warmer south because the caribou
supplied food, clothing, shelter and a variety of tools.
Overnight at Rock River Campground.

Day 19: MOOSE CREEK
On the way back south we’ll visit places of famous parts of the northern gold-rush history, i.e. the Mad Trapper. In the winter of 1932 one of the most desperate manhunts in the history of the north took place. It began when the RCMP approached a trapper on a routine check.
He had only recently arrived in the area and his name was thought to be Albert Johnson. Johnson wounded one policeman and fled, pursued over rugged terrain for more than a month in temperatures as cold as 45 below zero. Finally, Johnson killed an officer and injured
another before being killed himself in a shootout on the Eagle River, approximately 50 miles downstream from here. In the most bizarre twist to an already bizarre story, the name Albert Johnson was never confirmed. His true identity remains a mystery to this day.

Day 20: WHITEHORSE
The Alaska Highway to the capital of the Yukon. Recommended visits in Whitehorse are Miles Canyon and the world’s longest fish ladder. You should also make time for the McBride- and the Beringia Museum as well as the S.S.Klondike paddle wheeler. Hotel and final get-together for tonight.

Day 21: Departure Whitehorse.
Transfer to the airport. If you are really gripped by the spirit of adventure you might want to consider a 7-day guided Yukon River canoe trip. Please ask for details.
 

Contact us for group or further departure dates. Single Tour Sup: Can-$ 455.00 + 5% GST - incl. single tent

Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.

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