Rent a canoe and paddle 435 miles to Dawson
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
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!
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Dog Racing Anyone?
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!
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