Winterthur train station Robin Airport Zurich, Switzerland Meeting up with Duri, Lars and Nico Short flight from Zurich to Frankfurt Departure 16:00. Arrival 16:30 after 9.5 hours! Arrival in Whitehorse, Canada So far, so good … First two nights at Robert Service Campground which we reach by taxi A bit of sightseeing in Whitehorse Checking in at the canoe rental place Second fishing rod, net, fuel, wash basin and other sundry equipment … Groceries at Walmart and Real Canadian Superstore for CAD 300 for 10 days Sorting and packing for the journey Food fills more than 2 x 60 liter barrels No fridge=no meat on the river so we have steaks tonight Pick-up by Up North Adventures (the canoe rental guys) Fitting all equipment (life jackets, paddles) 14:45 Many beavers here, we see practically none further downstream A rare wildlife spotting 21 km in 3 h 40 min Breakfast Start:12:15 28 km in 5 h Searching for a spot to eat lunch “Ok, let’s go through the grass” Lake Laberge in the background Sail: freshly cut sticks, rope and a DD Hammocks 1.4 m x 1.4 m “Magic Carpet” many-purpose mini-tarp Nico: “and we’re going to have a banana as well” No wind … no sail … Hot chocolate Spider! Start: 10:40 We set sail again – the wind blows halfheartedly … Lunch stop Seriously beautiful weather Leisurely progress without wind and current:
30 km in 5 h 30 min Great campsite! Running into the water – big deal?! Yes, a bit of a challenge! Nico doing some homework Ready-to-use pancake mix Duri sarcastically: “Brilliant latch! When I saw it before I was pretty sure it wouldn’t work” Duri: “Oli, you try!” Oli: “Good morning Robin. Pancakes for breakfast!” Start: 11:30 Significantly more wind today … and from the right direction! But very tricky to keep the canoe lined up AND mount the sail … Finally! Now just have to keep a steady direction – not too far from shore, keep wind from behind, watch the waves … Saves a lot of paddling 1936 Chevrolet First catch No time to worry about the fish now – the rapids are approaching Neither I nor Robin understand much about cleaning a fish – we bring it to Nico to do the dirty work Robin: “I caught one. The first one. He who has never caught a fish before!” Our next camp at the end of the island 22 km in 3 h We had never seen this before … Oliver: “What are you doing Robin?” Robin: “Peeling garlic” Oliver: “Enjoying it?” Robin sarcastically: “very much” Robin: “Very good, extremely good!” Scrambled e ggs for breakfast Start: 11:15 To save some time we start having lunch on the canoes Robin: “They are so disgusting” – referring to the slimy noodles in the soup Confluence of two big rivers Trading post and telegraph station abandoned in the 1920’s Just a few minutes downstream from Hootalinqua S.S. Evelyn/Norcom built in 1908 for 85 passengers One of our favorite camps First attempt at baking fresh bread Not ready yet Bake some more … That looks better Start 10:10 Playing games Oliver: “Onion soup” “… and Duri-bread” The longest day on the water 64 km in 7 h We decide not to canoe all the way to Dawson but instead take our time and only canoe to Carmacks This leaves plenty more time for sleep and “adventure” Start 12:55 Finishing touches on a sling-shot Testing Nico’s catch 19 km in 2 h 30 min Good catch today Oliver: “Duri, what are you up to?” Duri: “Attempting to make some fine bread” Nico’s presentation of the second bread experiment: “Good, tasty, Zurich bread” Not quite baked enough Meanwhile it’s about midnight … That looks better Start: 12:10 That was very close! Lesson learned. 24 km in 4 h 30 min Lunch Fishing and swimming stop Oliver: “They look like shorts” Mean dad: “… but they are not shorts, they are boxers” We need about 2 liters of milk per day Sometimes we pre pare a soup for lunch in the morning before departure We burn a hole in our pot-oven on our third bread. So we use the flour to make pancakes for breakfast instead. Yukon dishwashers Start: 12:25 7.4 km in 1 h Water in the creek is significantly warmer than the Yukon About 21°C We only stopped for lunch but decided to stay for the night Getting the drone in the air, getting the drone to follow us, keeping sight of where we were going … … and looking out for where we needed to land the drone was a challenge Used 8 drone batteries in 10 days 12 km in 1 h 45 min First serious drizzle and chill DD Hammocks 4 m x 4 m tarp proved very useful Late start today: 13:10 28 km in 3 h 35 min End of canoe trip 2 nights in a Riverside Cabin @ CAD 100 per night Noise: Bridge is being renovated 3 km walk to the Tatchun Centre General Store in downtown Carmacks Breakfast at the Gold Panner Restaurant A surprisingly well-stocked grocery store! Walk back to the campground Parcours! We decide to try and get to Dawson but didn’t want to wait for the next Husky Bus, so asked the campsite … … proprietor if he knew someone. Ken, the local school bus driver offered to drive us to Dawson We would have passed through here with the canoes had we continued on to Dawson via Yukon Dawson’s famous hill A sign states: “This ferry service is provided free of charge by the Government of Yukon” Top of the world highway begins here Exactly 75 km linear distance from the border to Alaska Several wooden paddlewheel boats have been lying here for about 70 years We spend four nights in and around Dawson S.S. Keno was constructed in 1922 Last sail downstream to Dawson in August 1960 Dredge No. 4 is the largest wooden-hulled dredge in North America It mined gold from 1913 to 1959 During its operational lifetime it captured nine tons of gold The electrically powered machine required 920 HP (690 KW) while digging Two-day excursion to Tombstone Territorial Park Crossing the Klondike River The Dempster Highway stretches 740 km north to Inuvik The park protects 2100 square km of pristine land Driving further north through the Tombstone park Lunch stop We spend a night on the Tombstone Mountain campsite Beaver Pond evening visit Morning hike North Klondike River Moose Some last sightseeing and a museum Travel with Husky Bus back to Whitehorse
CAD 109 per adult, half fare for kids We stay at a delightful B&B in Whitehorse for 3 nights SS Klondike II was in service from 1937 – 1955 between Whitehorse and Dawson City The boat has been a tourist attraction since 1967 This Chinook salmon swam 3200 km from the Bering Sea to reach the place where it was born This is the longest wooden fish ladder in the world
(366 m) Conservation staff observe and record size, sex, origin (wild or hatchery) and condition before setting free Whitehorse Rapids Dam has been producing electricity since 1958 Schwatka Lake was created by the damming of the Yukon River. The White Horse Rapids, which gave the city its name, are now under the lake Our rental car Mule deer Elk Moose Mountain Goats Canada Lynx Thinhorn Sheep Bald eagle Fish Lake McIntyre Marsh The marsh does not freeze in the winter Natural hot spring Used by the First Nations People for centuries the spring was commercially promoted in 1907 38 °C 46 °C Kids are joking about the number of bottles
(also colloquial word for “twerp” in German) Great B&B
www.bicicletta.ca Playground near the B&B The last day in Whitehorse – our flight leaves at 18:00 After dropping off the rental car, we visit two museums right by the airport Allegedly the world’s larges weather vane We checked in our luggage in the morning, hence empty airport!