Liard River Fly-In Canoe Trip

 

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

Reservations

 

Fly In Carboo Lakes Liard River Yukon

 

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. Within prime moose habitat we set up camp in the open spruce forest. From the campfire, we can overlook the lake, watch for Loons and try to spot a moose stepping out into the open. We slowly ease into this outdoor life. 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

We see the gravel bottom racing past as as we look down through the clear water. The fast water leaves a river bed with large gravel bars, and sometimes creates many channels. 
The spectacular slopes of the Pelly Mountains show through openings along the river, until we get an unobstructed view from very close by. Lots of stops for taking pictures break up these days. 

The many tributaries feeding into the Liard create nice campsites and good fishing opportunities. The river changes all the time from a single channel to a widespread water surface with gravel islands in between.
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.

 

      
 

Reservations
 

Itinerary

 
Day 1 Arrival 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 a little 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. At times it widens into a shallow lake with overgrown shorelines. Some rocks and the shallows require lots of quick maneuvering in the moving water. After that day everybody will be confident with left and right turns. Depending on water levels and beaver dams we might have to line the canoes here and there. Rising in the distance, the Pelly Mountains mark our bearing.

The 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.

Equipment List for this tour