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. A warm up paddling session at one of our springtime clinics is highly recommended! Experienced whitewater paddlers will still find the Wind a great wilderness holiday in a beautiful alpine setting, or perhaps they might consider our more difficult (but still not TOO difficult) Snake River or Nahanni River trips.
"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