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
June 30, 2018 to July 13, 2018
July 30, 2018 to August 12, 2018
Guides 5:1 ratio
• 13 nights camping, 1 night in Whitehorse
• excellent trail meals and snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 14 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 1 and Day 14
• charter float plane flight from Mayo to start of the trip at McCluskey Lake - Day 1
• charter float plane flight from the take-out on the Peel River to Mayo - Day 14
• transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Whitehorse
Trip Rendezvous Point: Whitehorse, YK