The Teslin River trip is a scenic tour that follows the historic route of the Klondike gold seekers. It is an easy paddle yet it offers great scenery and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. We will also explore the many witnesses of times long past: Indian graves, abandoned villages, gold seekers cabins and more.
Day 1: In the afternoon you will meet with your guide and the rest of the group for a trip briefing.
Day 2: The tour starts with a two hour drive to Johnson’s Crossing. Here we will put our canoes in the water and the adventure begins. After a few hours on the river we will pitch our tents for the first camping night.
Day 3 to 6: At the beginning the Teslin River has little current which helps us getting used to our loaded canoes. Later the current picks up speed. Chances are good to encounter wildlife such as bear, wolf, moose and eagle. Beautiful mountain views surround us as we paddle down the river. Camping in tents and eating by the campfire while under the midnight sun provides a truly unique wilderness experience. On our fourth day on the water the Teslin River merges with the Yukon River. Here we visit the abandoned telegraph post of Hootalinqua. Later in the day the float plane will arrive to pick us up. While taking off over the confluence of the Teslin and Yukon rivers, we get a chance to view the landscape we just travelled through from the air. After 30 minutes we will land on Schwatka Lake.