Mountain Biking — South Canol Road

South Canol Road

8 Days – 7 Nights. CAN $1890

Departure from Whitehorse – Yukon.

The Canol Road was built during the last world war by the American army which wanted to quickly have access to the oil fields of Norman Wells in the North West Territories. 230 km of road not asphalted in a wild country between Ross River and Johnston Crossing. Many ups and downs.  Interesting landscape passing from the boreal  forest  to the tundra. Fauna is varied. The history of the last war is omnipresent, although this passage to reach the North West territories was used since several thousand years by the First Nations. The road crosses the territories of the Kaska Nations and the Tinglit Nation of the interior.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Meeting with your guide in Whitehorse. Checking of the equipment. Transfer to Ross River. 384 km. Visit of the trace of dinosaur discovered in the surroundings. Meals and night at the hotel.
  • Day 2 : First day of biking. From Ross river we bike  to the Canol Road. We  bike along the Lapie River. View on a canyon. Short but spectacular. It is possible to observe Dall sheep on the mountains. We stop at Fox Creek and camp here.
  • Day 3 : We bike along the Lapie Valley and along Lapie Lakes. We camp at Rose River.
  • Day 4 : We bike through a mountainous landscape. View of several hills  higher than 2000m. We stop to camp in the evening.
  • Day 5 : We bike along Rose River. We camp near the river.
  • Day 6 : We arrive at Quiet Lake, a lake longer than 30 km. It is the head of the Big Salmon River which thrown in Yukon River a few 200 km in the west. Further, we join the Nisutlin River. We camp near Sydney Creek.
  • Day 7 : Still some up and down before joining Alaska Highway  at Johnston Crossing, the end of the Canol Road and our bike trip. Transfer by vehicle to Whitehorse. Meals and night at the hotel.
  • Day 8 : Free day in Whitehorse.

Date : June to September.

Children : Half rate.

June and July, the days are very long. From mid August, the nights can be fresh. On the other hand, the nights are longer, the possibility of seeing northern lights increases. Autumn colors are at their best near the end of August and the first week of September.

Included : Mountain bike. Professional guide with GPS, satellite phone, spray anti bear, bear canister. Meals from the lunch of the first day to lunch of the last day. Camping Gear. Sleeping Bag. Transportation from Whitehorse.

Not included: Alcoholic beverages. Your travel/cancellation insurance, your health/repatriation insurance. Your personal expenses. Taxes (5%).

Level: To be active and in good health. Medium.

Climate : Yukon summer could be warm and usually dry but the weather is unpredictable. It is wise to have clothes for colder temperature as well as a waterproof jacket in case of rain.

Safety & Communications : Our guides are accredited with a wilderness medicine certificate. We have a satellite phone. We have a satellite phone, a bear spray, a GPS, a bear proof barrel for our food.

Notice : For safety reasons, we will take the permission to change an itinerary. Every participant will be requested to sign a waiver of acceptation of risk.

Equipment : Comfortable hiking boots and backpack. Comfortable clothes with the possibility to cover arms and legs. Warm layer for the evening. Waterproof jacket. Hat, sun glasses, sun lotion, insect repellent. Optional : Walking stick, camera, binocular, flashlight.