Whitehorse to Dawson
Our journey on the Yukon River began next to the Kanoe People’s store in Whitehorse, where we bought some of the supplies and maps we would need on our 460 mile adventure down the river to Dawson.
For us the rapids were of little concern but back in the day the narrow rock lined Five Finger Rapids were a significant navigational challenge for river boat captains and their crew.
Down river from Fort Selkirk we passed under these basalt cliffs that were formed by the Selkirk volcanic field, the youngest eruptions within the field are unknown. However, nearby Volcano Mountain produced lava flows that appears to be only a few hundred years old. Volcano Mountain is called Nelrúna in the Northern Tutchone language.
Nearing the end of our journey we took a break from moving camp and had a rest day at last, just a lazy morning breakfast of pancakes and fresh picked blueberries. Ahh, this is the life!