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Yukon - Shine Valley
Yukon - Shine Valley
Yukon - Shine Valley
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Yukon - Shine Valley

Yukon, the last Canadian border before Alaska, is a true experience of wilderness beauty: glacial valleys, pristine rivers and lakes, alpine meadows, forest and tundra. The name 'Yukon' originated from the Locheux native word 'Yuk-un-ah,' meaning 'Great River,' referring to the Yukon River that flows across the territory into Alaska.

The size of California, with a population equal to just one square kilometre in Manhattan, Yukon is home to Canada’s highest peak, the world’s largest non-polar ice fields, several Canadian Heritage Rivers and abundant wildlife. From the crimson carpet of the tundra, to the majestic mountain peaks, the vast untouched beauty of the Yukon beckons.

Yukon’s jaw-dropping natural features are what set this place apart. This is a land rich with dramatic mountain vistas, wild rivers and crystal clear lakes. Close to 80 per cent remains pristine wilderness. The southern part of the Yukon is covered by vast coniferous boreal forest, rugged mountains, and a network of rivers and lakes. In the north, rolling arctic tundra stretches to the Arctic Ocean.

Yukon was made famous in August 1896 when three men found gold on Bonanza Creek near Dawson City, launching the legendary Klondike Gold Rush. When word of the discovery reached the rest of the world, thousands of would-be prospectors headed north. By the turn of the century Dawson City was the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Winnipeg. When the Klondike Gold Rush ended in 1903 more than 95 million dollars had been extracted from the Yukon's rivers. Old stories of prospectors are still shared around campfires.

In June, the midnight sun shines over the boreal forest, while later in the summer, the fall colours are a great opportunity for amazing photography. On this expedition, you follow the paths of wild animals such as moose, caribou and wolves, and in the footsteps of the last trappers of the Yukon.

Originally from Quebec, your guide Pierre Fournier has lived in Yukon for the last 18 years. He runs horse expeditions in the summer months and dog-sledding in the winter time. Trained as a trapper, he has developed a great knowledge of the land and animals, and is always enthusiastic to share these wilderness skills.

On the pack trips everything is carried by pack horses and you stay in simple two man dome tents or trapper cabins.

You will be responsible for the care of your own horse (saddling, grooming etc) and involved in learning the techniques of horse packing. You are also expected to help with the camp chores; pitching tents, gathering firewood, fetching water, washing up, grooming, saddling/unsaddling the horses and packing up camp.

The horses are hardy and surefooted, fit for the mountains and rugged terrain and will reliably carry you on the trail.

On some of the steep ascents and descents it may be necessary to get off and lead the horses on foot.

These trail rides are not suitable for children. Teenagers who are competent and confident riders may be considered if booked as part of a private group. 
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Riding Specialist  Chris Day

Chris says:
With wonderful spring flowers, long summer days and amazing autumn colours, this is a wilderness trip for every season.
My top tip:
If you have long chaps, take them. There are periods of riding through dense willow, and you will be grateful for their protection.
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