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    Whitehorse - start of 435 mile canoe...
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    Rescuing powerboat grounded on sand bar
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  • Abandoned steamboat on island in Yukon river
    Abandoned steamboat on island in Yukon...
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    Rent a canoe and paddle 435 miles to Dawson

    by VA_Dave Updated Apr 1, 2006

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    Back in 1896, gold was discoverd in the Klondike near Dawson and thousands of folks known as the Stampeders made rafts near Whitehorse and let the river carry them North 345 miles to Whitehorse. I am told that today about 8,000 folks canoe this route every year, but we only saw a handful of people during our 12 day trip. There were a lot more bears and moose than people!

    For more history of the Stampeders, see
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klondike_Gold_Rush

    Equipment: We rented a canoe in Dawson for about $250 for the trip that takes about 2 weeks. When you reach Dawson, you drop the canoe off at a local hotel. We carried camping gear and gold panning equipment. We ate mostly military MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Yum, yum! Especially the chocoate oatmeal cookies that came with our meal packs. When we got to Dawson, a local gold miner invited us to visit his claim in the Klondike, and we met most of the local miners at a midnight sun party on the longest days of the year, June 21. We even found a few flakes of gold!

    Whitehorse - start of 435 mile canoe trip Rescuing powerboat grounded on sand bar Abandoned steamboat on island in Yukon river Rescuing powerboat grounded on sand bar Abandoned steamboat on island in Yukon river Gold prospecting in the Klondike Swapping lies with gold miners at Klondike party Lake Lebarge can quickly have dangerous waves Afternoon nap on the Yukon river
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    • Kayaking
    • Camping

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    Dog Racing Anyone?

    by jamiesno Written Mar 28, 2004

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    During my stay in Whitehorse, I got to attend a social event which was the kick off of the Yukon Quest a world famous dog team race.

    I didn't get the pleasure of seeing the races but did meet a couple ushers and this sport is certainly part of the culture in the Yukon!

    Husky at Haines Junction
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking
    • Adventure Travel

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