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On the Mighty Yukon!

On the Mighty Yukon!

  • Author: Alison
  • Date Posted: Jun 22, 2019
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  • Address: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

We are in Whitehorse, making our second to last stop in Canada before we cross into Alaska. We got to paddle our ducky on the Yukon River, got new tires for Foxy, and visited the local sights. On the ride from Watson Lake we crossed the Continental Divide. At home we are so used to that meaning water goes east to the Atlantic and West to the Pacific, but here it means northeast to the Arctic Ocean, southwest to the Bering Sea.


On the Divide


We found this great pullout with a boat launch, fired up the generator to inflate the ducky, and hit the river!


On the Yukon.


Paddling under the Alaska Highway!


Foxy by the river.


Getting ready for Alaska with 4 new tires!


The Yukon River is wide and fast here in downtown Whitehorse. It was the primary means of transport before the railroads. We toured the S.S. Klondike paddleboat (on the right bank in the photo above).


Me on the suspension bridge at Miles Canyon…


In the not-too-quick department (or maybe just slightly afraid of shaky bridges), when I first sat this sign, I thought it meant it would be dangerous to jump on the bridge…cause it would wiggle…like in the illustration, and might break, and the water had strong currents you could fall into. It didn’t occur to me till later that it was intended for (much braver) people who might actually consider jumping OFF the bridge, like Scott. (Don’t worry Mom, if all my friends, or husband, was jumping off a bridge, I still wouldn’t do it!)


Miles Canyon. The water was about 30 feet lower before the dam down river was built.


We thought this was a good one, for people who insist on getting too close to the edge.


Scott (not jumping) on (or off) the bridge!


Downstream at the dam is the world’s longest fish ladder (or fishway). The Kokanee salmon come this way in mid-August and make their way up this ladder which gets them over the 20 foot high dam. Pretty amazing lifecycle they have. Born in the steams, they spend 1-2 years in the freshwater river, 3-4 in the ocean, and then come back 2,500 miles up the Yukon River to spawn and die where they were born. Each fish lays 5,000 eggs and of that 2-3 fish complete the lifecycle and make it back.


These are the only salmon there this time of year, but still a neat place to visit.

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    3 Comments

  1. Wonderful tour! Thank you! Glad to hear that you are both firmly planted! I remember seeing a salmon ladder on one of our trips in the past, Ali. Fascinating lifecycle! Foxy must enjoy the new wheels. Will carry you safely forward into Alaska. The Yukon River is indeed beautiful, as it is forceful! Thanks for sharing! 😍

  2. Love Spotter on the Continental Divide!

  3. That fish bridge is COOL, what a sight that would be to see them using it. And too funny on the shaky bridge sign!!! I can imagine! Lol

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