Captain Ken and his boat are on the Yukon River just south of downtown Whitehorse.
Let’s get on the boat. No other passengers, just 2 humans, 3 ducks and 1 dog with Captain Ken.
Heading down the Yukon. The sun is sometimes out, but it is still cold. Jackets and life vests keep the humans warm. The wind from boating down the Yukon is cold, and rather strong. We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, are staying warm and safe in our travel bags. That first picture is our only appearance on the Yukon River boat trip.
Entering Miles Canyon, we are amazed at the green water. Soapy’s mom and dog are in the front of the boat.
This bench and sign is the only remains of Canyon City. Canyon City was important as early miners waited here for transport through the canyon.
We are now at a wider part of the Yukon River.
These eagles did not pay much attention to us, but we noticed them. Captain Ken docked the boat on the banks of the Yukon so we could get out, stretch our legs, and walk around.
Chloe immediately climbed this steep hill for a better view.
Then decided to dash back down.
Climbing and running must have made Chloe thirsty. The water is very cold and drops off fairly close to the edge. But Chloe was careful. Before heading back, Captain Ken had a contest about finding something that was not natural. A little confusing, but Soapy’s mom found it. A faint peace sign had been put on a mountain. Not a good photo. Soapy’s mom’s prize was a native blue rock.
It is pretty, but here it almost looks like and M & M candy. The contest was fun and made us really look at the river bank.
We are heading back now. These people are practicing for the Yukon River Quest. That is the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak race. Stand Up Paddleboarding is also included in the race, beginning in 2016. They race 444.28 miles (715 km) from Whitehorse northwest to Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The race began Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at noon. The race will end 9:00 pm Saturday June 29, 2019. This, the 21st year, there were 117 vessels, a new record, that competed.
Back in Miles Canyon we again admire the green water and see the snow still on the canyon wall. The canyon wall is basalt lava flows and cones that erupted and flowed across an ancient pre-glacial landscape in south central Yukon. This was formed 8.5 million years ago. Captain Ken said the lava seeped through the rock walls. These balsalt walls are fascinating to see. During the gold rush days, cruising this canyon was trecherous because of the White Horse Rapids.
This hydroelectric power plant has tamed the White Horse Rapids, and provides power to the city of Whitehorse.
Almost ready to dock and return to our Jeep. We loved our trip on the Yukon River. It was chilly, but we are so glad we went. A great 3 hour trip! You would enjoy a river trip also.