Yukon River Canoe Adventure Trip with Kids

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Winterthur train station Robin Airport Zurich, Switzerland Meeting up with Duri, Lars and Nico Short flight from Zurich to Frankfurt Departure 16:00. Arrival 16:30 after 9.5 hours! Arrival in Whitehorse, Canada So far, so good … First two nights at Robert Service Campground which we reach by taxi A bit of sightseeing in Whitehorse Checking in at the canoe rental place Second fishing rod, net, fuel, wash basin and other sundry equipment … Groceries at Walmart and Real Canadian Superstore for CAD 300 for 10 days Sorting and packing for the journey Food fills more than 2 x 60 liter barrels No fridge=no meat on the river so we have steaks tonight Pick-up by Up North Adventures (the canoe rental guys) Fitting all equipment (life jackets, paddles) 14:45 Many beavers here, we see practically none further downstream A rare wildlife spotting 21 km in 3 h 40 min Breakfast Start:12:15 28 km in 5 h Searching for a spot to eat lunch “Ok, let’s go through the grass” Lake Laberge in the background Sail: freshly cut sticks, rope and a DD Hammocks 1.4 m x 1.4 m “Magic Carpet” many-purpose mini-tarp Nico: “and we’re going to have a banana as well” No wind … no sail … Hot chocolate Spider! Start: 10:40 We set sail again – the wind blows halfheartedly … Lunch stop Seriously beautiful weather Leisurely progress without wind and current:
30 km in 5 h 30 min Great campsite! Running into the water – big deal?! Yes, a bit of a challenge! Nico doing some homework Ready-to-use pancake mix Duri sarcastically: “Brilliant latch! When I saw it before I was pretty sure it wouldn’t work” Duri: “Oli, you try!” Oli: “Good morning Robin. Pancakes for breakfast!” Start: 11:30 Significantly more wind today … and from the right direction! But very tricky to keep the canoe lined up AND mount the sail … Finally! Now just have to keep a steady direction – not too far from shore, keep wind from behind, watch the waves … Saves a lot of paddling 1936 Chevrolet First catch No time to worry about the fish now – the rapids are approaching Neither I nor Robin understand much about cleaning a fish – we bring it to Nico to do the dirty work Robin: “I caught one. The first one. He who has never caught a fish before!” Our next camp at the end of the island 22 km in 3 h We had never seen this before … Oliver: “What are you doing Robin?” Robin: “Peeling garlic” Oliver: “Enjoying it?” Robin sarcastically: “very much” Robin: “Very good, extremely good!” Scrambled e ggs for breakfast Start: 11:15 To save some time we start having lunch on the canoes Robin: “They are so disgusting” – referring to the slimy noodles in the soup Confluence of two big rivers Trading post and telegraph station abandoned in the 1920’s Just a few minutes downstream from Hootalinqua S.S. Evelyn/Norcom built in 1908 for 85 passengers One of our favorite camps First attempt at baking fresh bread Not ready yet Bake some more … That looks better Start 10:10 Playing games Oliver: “Onion soup” “… and Duri-bread” The longest day on the water 64 km in 7 h We decide not to canoe all the way to Dawson but instead take our time and only canoe to Carmacks This leaves plenty more time for sleep and “adventure” Start 12:55 Finishing touches on a sling-shot Testing Nico’s catch 19 km in 2 h 30 min Good catch today Oliver: “Duri, what are you up to?” Duri: “Attempting to make some fine bread” Nico’s presentation of the second bread experiment: “Good, tasty, Zurich bread” Not quite baked enough Meanwhile it’s about midnight … That looks better Start: 12:10 That was very close! Lesson learned. 24 km in 4 h 30 min Lunch Fishing and swimming stop Oliver: “They look like shorts” Mean dad: “… but they are not shorts, they are boxers” We need about 2 liters of milk per day Sometimes we pre pare a soup for lunch in the morning before departure We burn a hole in our pot-oven on our third bread. So we use the flour to make pancakes for breakfast instead. Yukon dishwashers Start: 12:25 7.4 km in 1 h Water in the creek is significantly warmer than the Yukon About 21°C We only stopped for lunch but decided to stay for the night Getting the drone in the air, getting the drone to follow us, keeping sight of where we were going … … and looking out for where we needed to land the drone was a challenge Used 8 drone batteries in 10 days 12 km in 1 h 45 min First serious drizzle and chill DD Hammocks 4 m x 4 m tarp proved very useful Late start today: 13:10 28 km in 3 h 35 min End of canoe trip 2 nights in a Riverside Cabin @ CAD 100 per night Noise: Bridge is being renovated 3 km walk to the Tatchun Centre General Store in downtown Carmacks Breakfast at the Gold Panner Restaurant A surprisingly well-stocked grocery store! Walk back to the campground Parcours! We decide to try and get to Dawson but didn’t want to wait for the next Husky Bus, so asked the campsite … … proprietor if he knew someone. Ken, the local school bus driver offered to drive us to Dawson We would have passed through here with the canoes had we continued on to Dawson via Yukon Dawson’s famous hill A sign states: “This ferry service is provided free of charge by the Government of Yukon” Top of the world highway begins here Exactly 75 km linear distance from the border to Alaska Several wooden paddlewheel boats have been lying here for about 70 years We spend four nights in and around Dawson S.S. Keno was constructed in 1922 Last sail downstream to Dawson in August 1960 Dredge No. 4 is the largest wooden-hulled dredge in North America It mined gold from 1913 to 1959 During its operational lifetime it captured nine tons of gold The electrically powered machine required 920 HP (690 KW) while digging Two-day excursion to Tombstone Territorial Park Crossing the Klondike River The Dempster Highway stretches 740 km north to Inuvik The park protects 2100 square km of pristine land Driving further north through the Tombstone park Lunch stop We spend a night on the Tombstone Mountain campsite Beaver Pond evening visit Morning hike North Klondike River Moose Some last sightseeing and a museum Travel with Husky Bus back to Whitehorse
CAD 109 per adult, half fare for kids We stay at a delightful B&B in Whitehorse for 3 nights SS Klondike II was in service from 1937 – 1955 between Whitehorse and Dawson City The boat has been a tourist attraction since 1967 This Chinook salmon swam 3200 km from the Bering Sea to reach the place where it was born This is the longest wooden fish ladder in the world
(366 m) Conservation staff observe and record size, sex, origin (wild or hatchery) and condition before setting free Whitehorse Rapids Dam has been producing electricity since 1958 Schwatka Lake was created by the damming of the Yukon River. The White Horse Rapids, which gave the city its name, are now under the lake Our rental car Mule deer Elk Moose Mountain Goats Canada Lynx Thinhorn Sheep Bald eagle Fish Lake McIntyre Marsh The marsh does not freeze in the winter Natural hot spring Used by the First Nations People for centuries the spring was commercially promoted in 1907 38 °C 46 °C Kids are joking about the number of bottles
(also colloquial word for “twerp” in German) Great B&B
www.bicicletta.ca Playground near the B&B The last day in Whitehorse – our flight leaves at 18:00 After dropping off the rental car, we visit two museums right by the airport Allegedly the world’s larges weather vane We checked in our luggage in the morning, hence empty airport!

 

100 Responses

  1. Erich Slavicek

    April 27, 2018 8:36 am

    Gratuliere zu dieser schönen Doku!
    Ich habe diesen Trip 1998 gemacht, mit hunderten Dias fotogrfiert,…..aber wenn ich mir diesen Film anschaue: Einfach wunderschön!!!!
    Welche Drohne hast du/ihr da verwendet? Die Luftaufnahmen sind genial!
    Liebe Grüße aus Österreich, Erich

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  2. Joshua Nail

    May 1, 2018 4:29 pm

    As a Canadian living near Frankfurt, I love this! Thanks for publishing and the great editing. What are your favorite nature locations that are like this in Germany? Ciao!

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  3. BACKWOODS ADVENTURE

    May 9, 2018 8:21 am

    Incredible journey, very well done video, made me wish I was there. Really amazing video footage and photography.

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  4. Tanya Nagorski

    May 12, 2018 7:30 pm

    Great trip memories made for a lifetime! Curious if the boys got along the whole trip? This trip is now in my bucket list!

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  5. Tannenherz Bushcraft

    July 6, 2018 9:27 pm

    High, everything was good in this video. I have enjoyed it very much. Kindly Fiete

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  6. Redefine Living

    July 15, 2018 2:00 am

    That looks like a great time. I would love to take my canoe on an adventure like that.

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  7. Colin Kure

    July 21, 2018 3:42 am

    What a great way to see the Yukon….no flies, bears wind or rain; just an excellent Deutsche production. Roughing it in style!

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  8. James Lane

    August 7, 2018 2:28 am

    😸🚬 very nicely done the Drone footage was awesome very nice equipment thank you for the view Jim Kansas City Missouri

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  9. Jeffrey Mayes

    August 31, 2018 1:14 pm

    Looks like a well planed trip. Very curious about your research and planing. Anything from a gear/food standpoint you would have done different? How much did you rent besides the canoes? How well did you do with food on the end… too much, too little or just about right?

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  10. Cory B

    September 12, 2018 4:20 am

    Thank you for sharing this incredible production and experience. Could this video possibly qualify to be submitted to the paddling film festival? Please see this link for more info: https://www.paddlingfilmfestival.com/films/submit-a-film.html

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  11. Kt Dey

    October 14, 2018 4:45 am

    Great video – thank you! How were the mosquitos and other bugs? We can't see any in the video…What month was this?

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  12. Gerhard Germann

    October 27, 2018 4:22 pm

    Richtig gut gemacht. Was habt Ihr für ein Glück mit dem Wetter am Lake Laberge gehabt. Dort ist mitunter heftiger Wind, warten ist angesagt !

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  13. Viktor Davare

    November 4, 2018 2:13 am

    Super Video mega Location love it very much au oebis wo I gern mal mache wet. Looks very professional

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  14. mruffatto

    December 1, 2018 1:41 am

    Very inspirational. I hope to do a similar trip. You guys cook better out there than I can cook in my own kitchen. Excellent job with the video.

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  15. Bob of the Storm

    January 20, 2019 12:07 am

    Great video! I watched it twice. I'm actually going to study in the Yukon and this is the first thing I'm going to do once summer break hits.

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  16. Rex Hargrove

    January 26, 2019 8:54 am

    Give me a day of canoeing or hiking and I’m the happiest guy you know. Thanks for the great video.

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  17. David Cardwell

    February 6, 2019 6:49 am

    What a fantastic Adventure for you all, it's amazing to see kids having such a wonderful time. It's been a real pleasure watching your video. I hope you post more wonderful trips in the future. Thanks for sharing 😎

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  18. AKWolf1

    February 13, 2019 12:22 am

    Oh my @ 3:30…..NEVER cook your food directly on one of those campground grates!!! People piss on those to put out their fires.

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  19. da ne

    February 22, 2019 10:55 pm

    The Yukon river is pretty wild river i've boated up and fished in and stayed in a cabin and had rainbow trout, near miles canyon great memories. This not a beginner canoe river in most spots . Its wide in spots so you really have to wear your life vest. I live in the kootenays and theres a lake river thats a great spot to beginner canoe or kayak.

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  20. Shawn Lund

    February 26, 2019 8:34 am

    Fantastic trip and adventure for the kids. My hats off to you, teaching your children such amazing lessons in life.

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  21. Jay Winters

    March 1, 2019 3:19 am

    People don’t watch remote wilderness videos to hear canned music. 👎music ruined it 👎. Not watching anymore 👎

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  22. Shaolink

    March 3, 2019 4:52 pm

    Echt tolles Video. Gut Editiert etc. nur für solch ein langes Video wird mir leider zu wenig gesprochen. Deshalf wirkt es nach einer Zeit etwas monoton. Dennoch ein schönes Video mit guten Shots.

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  23. Mama's Basecamp

    March 7, 2019 12:41 pm

    Wonderful trip, love to see people taking kids canoe tripping. You saw no bears, had no biting bugs, and had no storms? My family is very good at getting rained on, you might say we are rain magnets. Subscribed and hope to see more of these kids on wilderness adventures in the future.

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  24. Philipp Hesse

    April 19, 2019 9:18 am

    Awesome pictures. To watch the complete hour I am missing some storyline. Anyway thanks for sharing.

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  25. زينب احمد سالم

    May 6, 2019 5:40 pm

    video is awesome. i admire the camaraderie of both friends, both fathers are great dad. an awesome adventure . an unforgetable one. kids are awesome too

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  26. LiveSimplyFilms: Mountain Mike

    May 19, 2019 4:22 pm

    Well done to you all, a great Canoeing film. This world needs more parents like you, who take the time to show and teach your children about the natural wilderness. Five Star Film ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  27. Bob King

    June 4, 2019 8:32 pm

    6 of us in 3 canoes did the full trip from Whitehorse to Dawson way back in August of 1979. That derelict on Shipyard Island looked almost new and seaworthy when we pass by 38 years ago. Glad that we brought all of our own food. The store in Carmaks had nothing that we would have needed. I was eagerly waiting for your run at shooting the Five Finger Rapids. One of our canoes dumped there and we lost 2 days food and camera gear. Supplemented our supplies with fishing. Further downstream one of our canoes got caught in Big Back Eddy and went around a couple of times before exiting, much to the enjoyment of the rest of us. Somewhere before Dawson we stopped at a lone prospector's cabin for a visit. Not knowing exactly where we were, we asked him how long it would take to get to Dawson. "10 hours," he said, "if you paddle, 11 hours if you just drift." So we rafted up and dozed off and on for for an unknown amount of time and were worried that we might have drifted past Dawson. Fun trip, no bugs, no rain, long, leisurely days, as the sun really didn't set until about 2 or 3 am, if at all.

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  28. Eduardo Monteiro

    June 12, 2019 1:30 am

    Wow man, that was a nice trip and very pleasant video! About that solar charging device.. Could you charge the mavic pro batteries with that too? TY. Hugs from Rio de Janeiro

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  29. Agent 99

    June 16, 2019 10:38 am

    Brilliant, loved the whole trip…well done photography, totally enjoyed this…wish i was there

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  30. 54otor

    June 20, 2019 10:56 pm

    Nice vid but, safety first, never strike a case hardened steel against another.
    Either one could and has been known to explode on impact, have fun and be safe!

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  31. schlooonginator

    June 21, 2019 4:10 am

    I lived in Whitehorse for just a yearcoming from Vancouver Island.
    I remember being shocked at the time that direct flights from Germany came during the summer to a city with under 30000 residents.
    The summers were great but far too short and the winters were awful.
    You really feel the isolation living in the Yukon. Where you went there is literally nothing for hundreds of miles. Makes BC feel over populated.
    I do prefer the west coast though, much more lush with bigger trees.
    Hard to get the experiance you got there down here, too many tourists here during the summer. Canoeing is epic in the Yukon.

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  32. Javier Vargas

    June 25, 2019 9:30 pm

    Amazing holidays! To be reminded forever. Congrats and thank you for your fine job, great videos, beautiful places. I've enjoyed a lot watching it all.

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  33. between5and6

    June 26, 2019 11:37 am

    Bei Zeitindex 2:03 sieht man das Ihr die blaue Tonne aus der Schweiz mitgebracht habt. Warum habt ihr diese nicht vor Ort gemietet?
    Gibt es etwas was ihr für das Yukon-Abenteuer 100% empfehlt mitzunehmen und gibt es etwas wo ihr sagt: "kannste Zuhause lassen?"

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  34. Mike Magnum

    July 20, 2019 6:49 pm

    Cleaning stinky socks and underware: grey ashes from a camp fire and hot water,, agitate in this mixture and let steep for a while. Rinse and dry. They will be fresh and clean, ready for wear when dry.

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  35. marshall mackenzie

    July 21, 2019 11:14 pm

    I live in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and I loved the video I definitely think more young ones should experience the outdoors the way we used to before the sunshine holidays package kind of stuff I always enjoy taking my son up the North of Scotland fishing and camping being out in the wilds we still do it but not so rough stuff but we still love it so it was great watching this it brought back great memories so thanks a million for sharing your trip, big thumbs up 👍 from the Jocks fa Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🙏👌🎣

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  36. Element of Kindness

    July 22, 2019 11:02 pm

    What sort of soulless creature downvotes a video like this?

    What an excellent adventure for those kids. They'll remember it for the rest of their lives.

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  37. fx()sparrow$

    September 4, 2019 6:50 am

    Hey buddy you at the stern time to learn the J stroke what a waste of energy. Goon strokes should be removed

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  38. Sally Vernon

    September 8, 2019 8:32 pm

    awesome folks, great adventure, beautiful scenery, yum camp cookery, at 27 min. in great save (going in sidways to to a strong current), love the drone shots and the google-maps too – most excellent photography and editing.

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  39. Hiram Abiff

    October 20, 2019 12:34 am

    I GET DISGUSTED WATCHING THESE CITY SLICKERS PADDLE A CANOE. THEY GO SPLASH SPLASH SPLASH EVERY SECOND. WHY NOT DO IT THE INDIAN WAY, ONE STROKE COAST UNTIL THE CANOE SLOWS DOWN THEN TAKE ANOTHER STROKE. IF YOU DON'T BURN CALORIES, YOU DON'T NEED TO EAT. THEN HE EATS FLOWER AND WATER WITH NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE. INDIANS EAT MEAT, WE ONLY NEED TO EAT ONCE EVERY 3 DAYS, AND WE ARE NOT FAT AND LAZY.

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  40. Beyond the Backyard

    December 18, 2019 7:25 am

    Such a great journey to do with your kids. I am trying to get my kids into seeking some more adventure. Would love to do something like this with them

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  41. Matt Clark

    January 7, 2020 12:02 am

    Very good video. Just got an old Grumman 17' and I'm already planning canoe camping trips for my family.

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  42. LittleCuriousGirl

    January 10, 2020 4:40 pm

    Es sind kei Shorts 😀 … Legendäre Moment.
    Also awesome adventure! Beautiful scenery and you can feel, that you all had a good time. Thats the most important thing!
    Nice editing, very pleasant to watch! Please bring us along another time too!

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  43. Judy Bentley

    January 23, 2020 8:08 pm

    Wonderful cinematography! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. The drone footage is breathtaking.

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  44. Les Roberts

    February 8, 2020 7:28 pm

    Great entertainment, but you forgot to show the young one's eating the bread.
    Regards from North Wales UK.

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  45. Sally Frenette

    February 16, 2020 1:33 am

    What great memories for your kids. I love how they all help around camp too. You've taught them great things. Amazing trip. Thanks for sharing.☺️

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  46. Karen Allen

    February 22, 2020 9:40 pm

    Wow!! What an awesome experience!! Fantastic job in compiling your photos, video etc.! Will watch for further videos …

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