Liard River Fly-In Canoe Trip

We overlook hundreds of miles of untouched wilderness, while the small floatplane approaches Cariboo Lakes.

Rates and Date:

due to travel uncertainties we will run this trip in 2021 again

Can. $ 3,700 +5% GST 
Out of Whitehorse

Number of participants:

3 - 7

Included in Price:

2 nights  hotel in Whitehorse (double occupancy) during the canoe trip in 2 person tents , all required shuttles and transfers, introduction course in canoeing on swift moving water, canoes, paddles, lifejackets, complete cookingJuly 5 - July 17  2020 and camp gear, all meals during the canoe trip,
activities according to itinerary, experienced licensed guide, satellite phone on the canoe trip for your safety.  

Personal luggage, not used on the trip, can be stored at our place (Yukon Wild).

Extra Cost:

Transportation to and from Whitehorse, meals while staying in the hotel, alcoholic beverages, fishing license, optional activities, tips.

Requirement to participate:

You should have experience in canoeing on fast moving water with obstructions.
Even though, we will go through the techniques of river paddling, previous proper paddling stroke practice will be an asset.

10 day canoe trip on the Liard River

As soon as the bush plane has left, a feel of isolation sets in, but changes quickly to freedom. Just nature and you and the river to determine where to go. From the campfire, we can overlook the lake, watch for Loons and try to spot a moose stepping out into the open.  The small lakes are ideal for a leisure canoe trip to check out some hidden bays. An attempt to fish is often rewarded with a pike  or  grayling, and don't be surprised if a moose is curiously watching you.

The narrow and shallow cariboo creek winds its path through open country with low vegetation towards the Liard River. Maneuvering the tight bends and avoiding gravel bars and some rocks, sharpens the canoeing skills.

The Liard awaits as a narrow swift river when we join in, but grows steadily from it's plentiful tributaries
Rock strewn river sections spiced with some sweepers and piles of driftwood keep paddling interesting. Navigating the first part of the Liard River requires some precise maneuvering, and is a lot of fun for those who like some action

The fast water leaves a river bed with large gravel bars, and sometimes creates many channels. 
Lots of stops for taking pictures break up these days. 

The many tributaries feeding into the Liard create nice campsites and good fishing opportunities.
Interesting cut banks and erosion pillars ( hoodos) show the constant changes of a natural river.
Old Trapline Cabins are a welcome shelter if it ever happens to be necessary, and are good examples of how people live in the wilderness.

The river stays fast, almost to the end, where it widens again but never looses its unchained character. 




Day 1

cariboo lakesArrival in Whitehorse, pick up at the airport, transfer to your hotel. Time for discovering Whitehorse, last minute shopping before the trip. 
In the evening introduction to the other participants.

Day 2

From the floatplane base in Whitehorse we fly appr. 1 hour  by floatplane to the Cariboo lakes. We set up camp close to the shore and try some fishing and canoeing in the afternoon

Day 3

On an  excursion with the canoes we paddle up a creek to the other two lakes of the Cariboo lake chain, watching out for moose and common loons. For supper we try some fishing for pike, and your guide shows you how to prepare those on the open fire.
Your guide will spend as much time as needed with each participant, to practice paddling strokes and maneuvers for the upcoming river trip

Day 4 - 10

After some paddling, we are at the beginning of Cariboo Creek. Within 1 - 2 days we will reach the Liard River. Being fairly shallow with some broken beaver dams, it flows through bushy meadows - prime moose habitat. 

FloatplaneThe narrow swift upper Liard River grabs our canoes and our attention. Some tight bends with sweepers and driftwood change into sections with strewn rocks and choppy water. Lots of tributaries add to the water volume of the Liard, and create great fishing pools andcampsites nearby. Every day the river changes its appearance. The dramatic Pelly Mountains  close by, change into rolling hills. The river keeps a good pace all the way down. Single channel sections change to braids with many gravel islands.
We move camp from day to day and relax in the evening around the campfire with great vistas all around.

Day 11

After the Frances River joins in on the last day, the Liard becomes a bigger river. We finish this canoe trip in upper Liard. 
The drive back to Whitehorse over the Continental Divide is a sightseeing trip by itself.
In the evening you will be back in the hotel in Whitehorse

Day 12

Transfer to the Airport.

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