As you know winter time is for dreaming big! After discovering I could fly to WhiteHorse on Airmiles I realized that canoing the Big Salmon approximately 350kms and the Yukon river to Dawson another 350kms was actually doable. I emailed the local out fitters, even put a add on Kijiji to arrange rentals and shuttling. It turns out I got a Kijiji tip to use Nisutlinoutfitters in Teslin.
He is one of the smaller outfitters and was much more willing to cater to specific requests that the big time outfitters couldn't be bothered with.
Canoe rental with paddles, pick up in WhiteHorse, drive me around to pick up food and last minute items, lodging for one night and cooking me up some amazing fish, and shuttling to quite lake all for 1000 bucks was a heck of a deal. He was even willing to pick me up at the halfway point At Carmacks if I decide to end my trip there.
I used all my own gear. Instead of taking 3 blue barrels on the plane I shipped two 60 litter barrels to Teslin outfitters. Cost was about 60 dollars a barrel and they arrived there with in ten days. I did t want to take the risk of checking them in air Canada baggage in case they didn't make the plane transfers, as I was on a tight schedule shipping them seemed full proof and it wasn't much more than bringing them with me on the plane. Another plus you can mail things that the plane operators frown upon. For instance, a gun , stoves, Coleman lantern, yes I actually mailed a full size Coleman lantern, I'm scared of the dark.
Your flight schedule will look like this. Fredericton to Toronto to Vancouver to WhiteHorse. I left Fredericton on the 13th and made Whitehorse around noon the following day.
Doug shuttled me to Quite lake Friday morning on the 15th and I was on the water by noon.
I only paddled about 25kms that day and stayed at the Franz Six cabin. He lived there in the late 80s and early 90s and went crazy, apparently killed some one and was in a gun fight with the law and the law didn't win.
It sounds like his life might be made into a movie, but the only way to find out about the storey is through the locals. No one seems to know who even owns this cabin anymore as it's been there since the early 1900's
Next day I paddled about 40kms and camped at the hair pin at km90 some big grizzly track at this sight.the section this day has some log jams and sweepers, after you get through this section it's pretty smooth sailing. People have died on this section of the river, when water levels are high.
Water levels when I went where very low and slow. But still plenty to get down the river.