The Wind River is known for its remarkably-clear, aquamarine water. It has a more relaxed route than other rivers in the Peel Watershed, and this trip explores two distinct sub-Arctic topographies.
The Wind River section flows over cobblestone shoals and sand bars, and winds through an alpine valley - with meadows along the riverbank and the mountains beyond. The paddling is fun, the scenery is exceptional, and the pace is easygoing. There is time to explore the area in a series of side hikes, and straightforward access to the mountains.
At the end of the Wind River we enter the Peel River Valley. We'll paddle a wide-open valley to the mouth of the Bonnet Plume River. Just below is the extraordinary Peel Canyon. Sheer walls, big waves, lots of current, and exceptional birding make this a highlight. The final run to our take-out point goes past shale cliffs, gravel escarpments, and big islands. Great campsites and a steady current make for a very pleasant finish to the expedition.
The Wind River trip is a good choice for those with basic whitewater skills, some canoe camping experience, and reasonable fitness levels. This would be a good choice for your first northern canoeing expedition. A novice, paired with a more experienced paddler, could do this trip. Experienced whitewater paddlers will still find the Wind a great wilderness holiday in a beautiful alpine setting.
"Outstanding guides. Made you feel very comfortable. Excellent interpersonal skills, and I loved to learn about the ecology of the Peel Watershed." Joan, Maine, USA
Recommended Skill Level And Dates
Guides 5:1 ratio
• 11 nights camping, 2 nights in Whitehorse
• excellent trail meals and snacks from Day 2 lunch to Day 13 lunch
• custom 17’ ABS expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads
• paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets
• tents: free-standing, custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• containers for food and group equipment
• first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
• communications equipment (satellite phone)
• ground transfer between Whitehorse and Mayo on Day 2 and Day 13
• charter float plane flight from Mayo to start of the trip at McCluskey Lake - Day 2
• charter float plane flight from the take-out on the Peel River to Mayo - Day 13
• transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Whitehorse
Trip Rendezvous Point: Whitehorse, YK