you ever dreamed of canoeing in pristine wilderness? Have you ever
considered spending unforgettable days at a remote wilderness lodge in
the Canadian North? If you have, then you'll want to be part of this
unique experience! Spend your days under the open sky on a lake as
smooth as glass. Enjoy paddling the waters of an untouched river which
flows into Frances Lake. Enjoy the comfort of a rustic but cozy
wilderness lodge: comfortable beds, shower, sauna and great meals are a
welcome change from your days out in the bush.
for the 4½-day
- Easy river trip over gentle moving water
(WW-Class 1+) with some flat water lake sections.
- No prior canoeing or wilderness experience
necessary, as an introduction to various skills will be part of the
- Up to 6 hours of paddling per day.
Make your own journey to Frances Lake. Our meeting point is at the boat
ramp, where we will pick you up by motorboat. From there, it's a
leisurely 30-minute ride to our wilderness lodge, where you'll be shown
to your private, cozy log cabin. After a hearty dinner in the main
lodge, you can relax in our comfortable living room or enjoy the lovely
view from your cabin's front porch, looking out across the lake and
into the Logan Mountains.
Days 2 – 3:
Early in the morning we will pack up and prepare for the exciting
30-minute flight by floatplane to McPherson Lake. Here, we will camp
for 2 nights on a sandy beach and enjoy the simple life in harmony
with nature. There will be plenty of time to explore your surroundings
and practice the paddling strokes you will need for the following days
on the river. On excursions on the lake, we can often observe moose,
trumpeter swans and bald eagles, and in the evenings we can be seduced
by the quietness and calm. This is campfire romance at its best!
4 – 5:
By now, you'll be well versed in the use of your canoe and
our trip down the Yusezyu River. This river is both lovely and
exciting, but without the dangers of a large and fast flowing river.
However, we'll have to look out for sweepers, rocks and shallow spots,
so stay alert! On a gravel bar along the river we'll pitch our tents
for the night and try our luck landing a trout. The river becomes more
gentle in the lower section, which is also home to moose, beaver, otter
and waterfowl. On our last night, we'll camp on a nice sandy beach at
the north end of Frances Lake.
A short paddle down the northernmost part of the lake will bring us to
our prearranged meeting point with the boat, then it's a 1-hour ride
back to the lodge. Enjoy the comforts of your cabin and take advantage
of a hot shower and a soft bed — not to mention our great home-cooked
Day 7: Relax at the lodge or
participate in guided excursions, go fishing,
paddle around the sheltered bay or stroll along the lake's beach. A
visit to the abandoned Hudson's
Bay Company trading post will carry you away into past times.
Take your time to fully enjoy your waterfront log cabin and let
yourself be spoiled by our kitchen's delicious creations.
After breakfast, we will bring you back to the boat ramp and to your
THINGS TO KNOW
- All tours are personally guided by lodge owners
& Martin Laternser.
- We are experienced, licensed wilderness guides and
- We only take small groups with a maximum of 7
- Check out Equipment
List Lodge and Equipment List Tours for all
you'll need to bring.
- Any luggage you don't need on the canoe trip can be
left at the lodge.
- This trip is part of the Wild
Yukon program (a combined canoe and hiking tour).
- Upon request and for a surcharge we'll come to
pick you up in Whitehorse or Watson Lake or you can fly in by
floatplane. We will gladly help you organise your travels. Ask us for
more information about rates.
- Canadian legislation requires you to sign a release
of liability and waiver of claims form prior to the beginning of your
- Frances Lake
Wilderness Lodge & Tours is a licensed business under the Yukon
Wilderness Tourism Licensing Act and member of the Tourism Industry
Association of the Yukon (TIA) and the Yukon Wilderness Tourism
DATES AND RATES
||8 days from/to Frances Lake
||July 11 – 18, 2020 (or
||for 3 – 7 guests
||$2670 CAD + GST per person
||for 2 guests
||$3290 CAD + GST per person (double occupancy)
||Single occupancy surcharge
||$200 CAD + GST
||Pick-up or fly-in
Whitehorse or Watson Lake
||Rates available on
||Extra lodge day(s)
||Rates available on request
- All accommodation (3 nights at lodge, 4 nights
- All meals
- Boat transfer from Frances Lake boat ramp to
the lodge and back
- Flight from the lodge to McPherson Lake by
- Equipment: canoe, paddles, life vests, waterproof
bags/containers, camping gear (except sleeping bags
- Guided day trips at the lodge
- Use of lodge amenities including sauna, library,
canoes, kayaks and angling equipment
- Professional guide service by licensed wilderness
- Transportation to Frances Lake
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (the lodge is
licensed and has a selection in stock)
- Angling licence (can be purchased at lodge)
- Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
- Personal insurance (trip cancellation, medical
insurance). We strongly recommend our guests arrange for sufficient
insurance coverage before the beginning of their trip.