Horses in the Yukon
Riding in the Yukon
Sunrise at the ranch
Riding next to the lake
Riding the old Dalton trail
Riding in the Yukon
Yukon river crossing
The view from the stables
Horses and riders ready to go
Dining cabin at the ranch
A campsite on the trail
Horse-riding in the Yukon

Explore one of the few pristine wildernesses left in the world on this pack trip into the Yukon territory in Canada. You'll spend full days exploring the mountains, camping along the way on old trails forged by animals over the years. You will get to view wildlife, enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and step back in time to experience pure clean air and untouched wilderness.   

You'll travel along lakes and across plateaus and through wide valleys. You'll have the chance to spot local wildlife such as bison, moose and bear. You will be fully guided and outfitted travelling along this true old cowboy trail. This is an ideal ride for beginners onwards who want to explore the largely unpopulated Canadian tundra. The pace of these rides is walking only with the emphasis on spotting wildlife and discovering an area only accesssible by horseback.

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Day 1 
Arrive at Whitehorse International Airport and transfer to the ranch. Meet your fellow riders and hosts before heading out on a guided afternoon horseback ride from the ranch to base camp nestled in the spruce trees next to a stream. You'll enjoy a tasty meal cooked over the campfire before retiring to your tent for a good nights sleep.

Day 2 
Today you'll be riding on to the second base camp, behind a lake in a mountain pass.  Meandering through the wilderness this is a chance to get to know your horse as the ride follows along some beautiful open grassy ridges and along some small lakes. The region is beautiful country and there is a good possibility to see some wildlife such as moose and bison along the way.

Day 3/4
Ride and explore the area on a couple different day rides for these two days, returning to base camp every night. Your guide will outline different day trip options during your stay and you will get to choose your day trip

Day 4/5
Return to the ranch on day 5 with adventure stories in your head and scenic Yukon wilderness pictures on your camera. Say goodbye to the horses and guides before transferring back to Whitehorse.

Please note: Other trips ranging from 2-6 nights are also available. Please contact us if you are interested in other length trips.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

These pack trips use mainly Percheron and Quarter Horse crosses meaning they can accommodate heavier riders up to 300lbs or 135 kilos. There are 12 horses available to choose from, all are experienced trail horses and all use Western tack. Hard hats are available to borrow and anyone under the age of 19 must wear a helmet when riding.



The riding on this trail is at a walk and the emphasis is on exploring this vast landscape and spotting wildlife. It's suitable for beginners onwards although a good level of fitness is required in order to enjoy the 4-6 hours in the saddle each day. Walking on foot while on the trail is basically optional. Your guides will tailor the rides to suit the group (there are 2 guides). The terrain is steep in places, but there are no steep drop-offs as such and walking on foot is not required unless people want  a break from being in the saddle.


Rider requirements

This ride is suitable for beginner riders onwards. Due to the terrain all of the riding is at a walk. All riders will have a short lesson before heading out onto the trail. The horses at this destination are extremely well-mannered and reliable. You will need to be able to mount and dismount but instruction will be given.
A good degree of general and riding fitness and a sense of adventure would ensure that riders get the most out of their holiday - there are long hours in the saddle and basic camping/facilities at night.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 255 lb/116 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

When out on the trail you'll be staying at your hosts base camps in 3-4 man tents. Base camps will already be up when you arrive so there is no need to assist in putting up/breaking down camp each day. The camping is fairly basic and made up of one large cook tent with wood stove and the sleeping tents which are 3-4 man dome tents. There is no possibility to request a tent to yourself, all riders will share tents. You will be provided with thermarest mattresses to sleep on and  cooking is done over the campfire or a portable stove. There are no toilet or shower tents but your hosts can take along shower bags if requested. Riders can wash in the nearby cool natural streams and lakes.



The meals are hearty camp meals consisting of chilli and cornbread, salad, meat and potato style meals with bread rolls and dessert. Riders do not need to help prepare meals (unless desired), the cook/guide will do this. Tea, coffee, water and iced tea are all available on the trail. No alcohol is provided but if you are welcome to purchase your own wine or beer in town and bring it with you. Please note that excessive drinking is not encouraged on this trail.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info


Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request. General information: All travellers are required to provide details online 72 hours prior to travel.

Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.

To visit Canada, you will need to meet some basic requirements, such as:
• have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
• be in good health,
• have no criminal or immigration-related convictions,
• convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country,
• convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
• have enough money for your stay. (The amount of money you will need can vary. It depends on things such as how long you will stay, and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.)

Citizens of a few countries may also need a:
• medical exam and
• letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

For further information please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp

The Canadian High Commission in the U.K is at Macdonald House, 1 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 4AB. Telephone: (020) 7258 6600. Email: ldn@dfait-maeci.gc.ca.

The British Consulate in Canada is at 80 Elgin Street, Ottawa, K1P 5K7. Telephone: + (1) (613) 237 1530. Email: generalenquiries@BritaininCanada.org.

Climate Summary

While the average winter temperature in Yukon is mild by Canadian arctic standards, no other place in North America gets as cold as Yukon during extreme cold snaps. The temperature has dropped down to −60 °C (−76 °F) three times, 1947, 1954, and 1968. Unlike most of Canada where the most extreme heat waves occur in July, August, and even September, Yukon's extreme heat tends to occur in June and even May. Yukon has recorded 36 °C (97 °F) three times. The first time was in June 1969 when Mayo recorded a temperature of 36.1 °C (97 °F). 14 years later this record was almost beaten when Forty Mile recorded 36 °C (97 °F) in May 1983. The old record was finally broken 21 years later in June 2004 when the Mayo Road weather station, located just northwest of Whitehorse, recorded a temperature of 36.5 °C (97.7 °F).

Climate Chart

Health

Giardiasis is present so do not drink water from streams. Tap water is safe to drink. Rabies is endemic in Canada, do not approach stray dogs. Lyme disease can be a risk in wooded regions; it is a rare tick borne disease. Check with your doctor for details but apart from general precautions against tick bites no prophylaxis is usually required.

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org and the Deprtment of Health also gives medical advice on their web site at www.dh.gov.uk

Health (ride specific)

There are not many bugs but there are some mosquitoes and black flies around so you may want to bring some insect repellent.

Electricity

The voltage is 110-120V, 60Hz in Canada as in the USA and you will need a flat blade plug and possibly an adaptor depending on the appliance.

Film and Camera Equipment

Electricity is available on the first and last nights, when staying at the ranch. There is no electricity out on the trail and mobile phone reception is extremely patchy.

Packing List

Riding hat (compulsory if under 19, these are available on site if you would prefer to borrow)
Waterproof trousers and rain coat
Waterproof boots (preferably with a heel)
Camp shoes
Jeans
T-shirts
Jumper
Knitted hat for night time
Leather gloves
Bug spray
Head torch
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sleeping bag rated to -10c
Empty pillow-case (to stuff with clothes and use as a pillow)
Small towel and face cloth
Environmentally friendly soap
Any personal toiletries and medications

Luggage should be packed in a soft duffle bag, preferably waterproof.
Saddlebags are provided.

Programmes

This is an 3 or 4 night itinerary available on set dates. Other trip lengths are available on request.

Departure Dates

2019: 5 Aug, 22 Aug, 1 Sep

Pricing
No single rooms available (on some or all nights). Riders must be prepared to share with someone of the same sex.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2019 - 4 nights5d/4n5double pp1,315
2019 - 3 nights4d/3n4double pp1,049
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2019 - 4 nights5d/4n5double pp1,465
2019 - 3 nights4d/3n4double pp1,175
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2019 - 4 nights5d/4n5double pp1,679
2019 - 3 nights4d/3n4double pp1,345
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2019 - 4 nights5d/4n5double pp15,625
2019 - 3 nights4d/3n4double pp12,499
Recommended Reading

- Talking at the Woodpile by David Thompson. This is a humourous collection of short stories, revealing the charm and grit of life in the Yukon. A blend of fact and fiction, history and the contemporary and intriguing stories that begin as long as 10,000 years ago.


Other Activities

There are plenty of other activities at this destination. You can spend time enjoying photography, fishing and/or hiking, experience swimming in pure, pristine wilderness lakes and enjoy barbecues at the ranch on your first and last night. You can also take part in boat rides or rent a kayak for the day and paddle around the lake or down the creek next to the ranch.

Wildlife

The Fox Lake / Lake Laberge area contains diverse ecosystems of wetlands (perfect conditions for many species of waterfowl, particularly in the spring), semi-arid foothills and large areas of new growth from past forest fires. This creates some excellent habitat for various species of waterfowl (ducks and geese), birds of prey (owls, hawks, eagles), herbivores (elk, deer and moose) and carnivores (coyotes, wolves and bears). Being in the rain shadow of the coastal mountains, the ranch is blessed by warm, dry summers

Other Country Information

People migrating from Asia crossing the Bering Strait first settled the North American continent. They formed a number of tribes that can be distinguished by language: the Algonquian in the eastern sub-arctic and maritime areas spreading into the prairies and plains of the mid-west; the Iriquioian speaking tribes mostly in the St Lawrence Valley and around Lakes Ontario and Erie; the Salishan, Athabascan and other linguistic groups lived along the rivers and coastline of British Columbia. Small, isolated Inuit bands developed a unique culture in the harsh environment of the Arctic.

John Cabot, a Venetian working in the service of the English sailed to Newfoundland in 1497. This and later explorations formed the basis of the English claim to Canada. The Frenchman Jacques Cartier undertook a series of explorations, mainly along the route of the St Lawrence River during the 1530s and 1540s and he claimed the land for France.

It's the edginess between Canada's indigenous, French and British traditions that gives the nation its complex three-dimensional character. Add to this a constant infusion of US culture and a plethora of traditions brought by migrants, and you have a thriving multicultural society.

Canada is between 3.5 and 8 hours behind GMT depending on where you are in the country. They use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram.

The international dialling code is +1.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Whitehorse Airport YXY, Canada.
Transfer:
2019: $175 per person return from Whitehorse airport to the ranch, around 50 minutes. Payable on-site in cash.
Flight Guide:
London to Whitehorse from £618
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