The Journal of Canadian

Wilderness Canoeing

    FALL 2004



OUTFIT 118 & 119










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Winter Packet


From the Editor

Canoelit I

Canoelit II

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Crossing to Carmacks

Story and Photos by Geoffrey Peake

HACC Head Guide


Part  1  2



Brendan loving the rain.

In August of 2003, I took my family; Mrs. Chief Guide, Leslie, and kids Megin,11 and Brendan, 9, and our late dog Buddy down the Teslin and Yukon rivers. The Teslin/Yukon river trip, from Johnson's Crossing to Carmacks is a perfect family choice. The 250 mile journey from the Alaska highway bridge that spans the Teslin to the the bridge at Carmacks is a great family trip – consistent current, a few mildly interesting rapids, lots of Gold Rush artifacts and generally good scenery. I was pleasantly surprised how enjoyable the journey was. After having been spoiled by many HACC trips, I assumed the Yukon in comparison would be like paddling in a drainage ditch. The river is surprisingly scenic, with large sweeping vistas and a good flow that makes the kilometers pass by with little effort. The only disappointment was that we did not see much wildlife, and in some places the campsites were somewhat crowded. Overall, though, we saw few people and felt, for the most part, that we had the river to ourselves.

We took a week in total to travel between the bridges. The highlight of the trip for me was seeing the old steamboat ruins at Hootalinqua, and the post at Big Salmon (which had just been cleaned up by maintenance crews). The biggest logistical problem was the car shuttle. You can hire someone out of Whitehorse to shuttle you, but only at a considerable cost. We opted to drop our gear at Johnson's Crossing, park the car in Whitehorse, then take the bus back to the river. At Carmacks, Leslie caught a ride back to Whitehorse and returned in a few hours.

For those wanting a simple family trip in an exotic environment – especially those who are fascinated by the Klondike Gold Rush – this is a great place to travel. Whitehorse is also an amazing little place, quite unlike any other northern town I've visited – lots of cafés and art shops, lots of great restaurants yet affordable.





Buddy is less than enthusiastic.




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