Yukon Explorer

Yukon Canada: (RTYT08S)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/canada_yukon_explorer.aspx

Yukon Canada
This tour is a wilderness adventure on horseback that will take you into some of the most spectacular back country of the Yukon! Experienced staff will guide you through the pristine wilderness in the coastal mountains of Southern Yukon. Ride across majestic mountain ridges, across creeks and through peaceful valleys. This week is packed with rugged wilderness adventure on horseback. Our trails are not groomed - they are wilderness trails that our Yukon Wildlife use, so expect rocky patches, narrow willow lined trails, tree branches, wet areas, bugs/mosquitoes etc.

We do recommend that you arrive the day before your tour. Whether you arrive the day of your tour or days before don't worry we'll take care of you. Pre and Post nights can be booked for you upon request.

Highlights of the tour
- Bonneville Lakes - the trail leads into the trees and climbs above tree line to witness epic views from every angle.
- Jackson Lake - a peaceful oasis from the outside world
- Coal Lake Trapper Cabin - a historic trapper's cabin on a working trap line.
- Mt McIntyre Ridge - the trails wind through trees and above tree line to spectacular views of Whitehorse on one side and Fish Lake Valley on the other.


The first 6 nights are spent at the lodge and the last night is spent at a hotel in Whitehorse (Best Western Gold Rush Inn or similar).

We are located approximately 25-30 minutes from downtown Whitehorse, in the Coastal Mountains of Southern Yukon. The Ranch is a true Yukon experience! This “off the grid” lifestyle ranch is serviced by quaint outhouses, has limited cell service, no WIFI, and water is hauled up from downtown. Our buildings are warmed by a wood stove, making for a cozy stay and our lights & appliances are all powered by propane. Bathrooms are shared: 2 outhouses and a gravity-fed shower in the lodge. We have a large Yurt that is a great space for meetings/gatherings of any kind. It has a propane kitchen, open dining and sitting area around a cozy wood stove. It is located in the main ranch yard and close to parking and outhouses.
You can select to stay in the lodge, a cabin, or a traditional Mongolian yurt. All our accommodations are non-smoking and no pets please. Laundry is not available.  

Lodge Option

This big log building has 5 bedrooms all with various bedding configurations, a shared kitchen and dining room as well as a shared sitting room and gravity fed shower. The Lodge is like being in the family home; it's cozy, welcoming and comfortable! The Lodge can sleep 10 people max.

Cabin Option

Aurora Cabin
Certainly a favorite, and it becomes clear why when you see the view! This Cabin has a great deck with a BBQ overlooking Fish Lake. The perfect place to view the spectacular Aurora if it is around. There is a loft bedroom and it can comfortably sleep 4 people max. There is also a fully self-contained kitchen.

Northern Cabin

A cozy little hideaway nestled in a grove of pine trees. It has an equipped kitchen and a gravity fed shower. This cabin has a bunk bed with a queen on the bottom and a single on the top and is comfortable for 2-3 people.

Yurt Option
Our most unique option for staying overnight are two traditional Mongolian Yurts! These buildings are made from a wooden frame with canvas stretched over the top of it and is fast becoming a popular alternative to cabin living in the North. Both of the Yurts have propane lights and stoves, and are warmed by an oil stove.

Fireweed Yurt

Has a beautiful log-framed queen sized bed, a small kitchenette, and your own private fire pit with wood. It is situated in a secluded part of the ranch on a small rise in a clearing overlooking a valley, a short walk away is our Aurora site and everywhere is a perfect spot to view the lights.

Raven Yurt
This yurt is in the main yard - it has two single beds, a small kitchenette and shared outhouse. It sleeps 2-3 people. There is an extra charge per night for a 3rd person.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is only applicable if you are unwilling to share.
Triple occupancy might be possible based on availability. Please inquire.

All your meals are included except for when in Whitehorse (breakfast day 1 & 8, dinner day 7).

We offer hearty home cooked meals prepared by our guides in our cozy lodge kitchen or our two winter camps. We usually cook things like spaghetti, stew, chili, locally-sourced smokies etc. Breakfast and dinner are eaten in the Lodge and lunches are usually served on the trails - the guide will set up a lunch buffet and guests will make their own lunch.

Beverages are not included. Alcoholic beverages are bought "jointly" before the tour starts or guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol. 
Guests will need to bring their own thermos/water bottle.

Dietary Restrictions
We do not charge for special diets however, we do require a Doctor's note in order for us to cater to any special diet. Space for cooking and food storage is limited and therefore ask that you send Doctor's note with all dietary issues/allergies at least 2 weeks in advance of your arrival so that we can be organized and prepared for your stay.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.


The ranch breeds Percheron, Belgium, drafts, American saddlebred, and thoroughbreds. The horses are hand raised and well socialized from the time of birth. They grow up and range at the wilderness ranch therefore they are accustomed to birds, squirrels, and larger wildlife on a daily basis. This environment has created calm and gentle horses that do not spook easily. We currently have 24 horses on the ranch.

Riding Experience
Our tours are safe and enjoyable for beginners and experienced riders alike. As we are walking our horses through the mountain terrain for most of the tour we find that our guests are more focused on the untouched landscapes than the speed at which we ride.

A typical day is approx from 10am - 4:30 pm with some stops for photos etc. and lunch on the trail. Our guides do customize the tour to suit the needs of the guests so it may be shorter or longer days depending on the group dynamics. That being said most often the days are a slightly longer at the request of the guests.


Sample Itinerary: 8-day program - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival & Introductory Ride
You will be picked up at 10:00 am by our van from your Whitehorse hotel (pre-tour hotel night is not included but can be booked for you). Here you have the chance to do some shopping for items that you may need for your trip. Once we arrive at the Ranch, you will have a brief tour as you get a feel of the rich history of our Ranch and Fish Lake. Settle into your room and enjoy a light lunch with your guide and discuss the coming adventure. Meet your horse and participate in a brief safety lesson and instruction on the proper care of horses as well as the correct procedure to halter and saddle your horse. Saddle up and head out on your very first short ride. Breathe deeply the fresh mountain air as you stroll through the Fish Lake Valley taking in all the scents and sounds of a summer day.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Day 2-6: Riding  
Each day, after bringing the horses to the main yard and feeding them breakfast, enjoy a "human" breakfast in the main lodge. Next you will pack a lunch, prepare your horse and head out into some of the most spectacular landscapes the Yukon has to offer. Don't forget to pack your camera as this area is a photographers paradise! Take in the beauty as you ride through peaceful valleys, on majestic Mountain ridges, through meadows and across creeks. Wildlife are abundant in the area and you have a chance to see; fox, rabbits, squirrels, lynx, coyote, moose, bear and caribou. Head back to main lodge for dinner and some relaxation.
Riding 5 days on the 8-day tour or 2 days on the 5-day tour
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Lodge

Day 7: Bonneville Ridge Ride
Spend some peaceful moments in the company of your horse while you tend to their breakfast and head to the lodge for your breakfast. Today we ride next to beautiful Fish Lake and over Fish Creek towards Bonneville Ridge. Head up the trail into the trees and climb above tree line to witness epic views from every angle. Wind across the ridge and down the trail to find a perfect spot for lunch on the shores of Bonneville Lakes. Take this opportunity to take photos and relax before mounting your horse to explore the rolling ridges. End your day back at the ranch where you will give one last hug to your new four legged friend, pack your bag and head back to Whitehorse hotel for your last night. 
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Whitehorse

Day 8: Departure
Check-out of your hotel in Whitehorse.
Meals included: none

Note: unpredictable circumstances such as weather conditions, extreme temperatures or illness of the horses may force us to change this itinerary. The Safety and well being of our guests and animals takes precedence and our decisions are final.
We strongly suggest that all of our guests consider the purchase of travel insurance for protection against cancellation penalties and many other unforeseeable circumstances such as emergency medical evacuation.


Rates and Dates for Yukon Explorer

Rates include:

Accommodations for 6 or 3 nights in cabins and 1 night in hotel in Whitehorse, all meals (except breakfast on first day and last day, and dinner on last night), non-alcoholic beverages, use of horses, saddles, and tack, transfer from and to Whitehorse.

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescriptionCan$ ~US$
    20208 day trip - 6.5 riding days (min 2 pax)Can$2095$1635
  • B
    20205 day trip - 3.5 riding days (min 3 pax)Can$1305$1020
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 0.78

GST (VAT): 6% (12% for Canadian Resident) * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
    GST (VAT) 6% (12% for Canadian Resident)

Transfer and Other Charges:

2020 Transfer from/to Whitehorse included on Day 1, hotel shuttle on return Can$ 0 $0
2020 Pre trip hotel night in Whitehorse Can$ 190 $150

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 06/27 - 07/01 5d / 4n 5 day trip - 3.5 riding days... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 06/27 - 07/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip - 6.5 riding days... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 07/04 - 07/11 8d / 7n 8 day trip - 6.5 riding days... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 07/04 - 07/08 5d / 4n 5 day trip - 3.5 riding days... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 07/18 - 07/22 5d / 4n 5 day trip - 3.5 riding days... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 07/18 - 07/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip - 6.5 riding days... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 09/05 - 09/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip - 6.5 riding days... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 09/05 - 09/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip - 3.5 riding days... 2 /6 Reserve

Dates Note: * custom date might be possible with minimum of 3 riders -- please inquire for availability

Rates do not include:

Meals in restaurants (breakfast on first day and last day, and dinner on last night), alcoholic beverages (we buy jointly before the tour), all expenses of personal nature, gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Whitehorse
Airport: Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY)
Transfer: Whitehorse hotel

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In the Yukon, the weather ranges from sunny, warm summers to cold and snow filled winters. We only operate this tour during the summer.

In the summer, the temperature can rise to over 30 Celsius (86 F) and in winter it can drop to minus 30 Celsius (minus 22 F). Whenever you visit, bring layered clothing options so you can dress appropriately because temperatures can fluctuate and Yukon weather can be unpredictable.

Summer (June, July and August) is an energetic time of long sunny days, and winter (November to March) is cold, bright and snowy. Fall (September and October) is colorful but chilly, and spring (April and May) is marked by late season skiing, swan migrations and early wildflowers.

What To Bring:
This is a basic packing list - you can bring other clothing, however these are the necessary items.

- Wind/Rain Jacket
- Wind/Rain Pants
- Hiking Boots
- Rubber boots – high top **
- Wool Socks - 3 pairs
- Long Underwear (pants) - 1 pair – no cotton
- Undershirt - 1 pair- no cotton
- Warm outer layer: Pants & Shirt – no cotton
- Warm jacket
- Water Bottle
- Backpack
- Camera
- Thermos
- Hat
- Light Gloves
- Headlamp (August & September)
- Sunglasses
- Indoor Shoes
- Bug (insect) Spray
- Sun screen

** Leather knee-high boots are ok but not recommended because after rainy days the willows are still wet and brush up against the horses and the guests legs and make their feet and shoes wet.