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Yukon Territory Guide Books
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Author:  Loon_Watcher [ December 26th, 2016, 7:57 am ]
Post subject:  Yukon Territory Guide Books

I'm sorting through the guide books available on certain websites, and was wondering which are best for describing rivers, providing resource information such as outfitters, campgrounds, etc. Amazon only has certain ones, and the Canadian book sellers are pricey enough to warrant discrimination.

Author:  littleredcanoe [ December 26th, 2016, 9:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Yukon Territory Guide Books

Mac's Fireweed Books in Whitehorse offer the best selection

The Yukon is not overflowing with guidebooks or outfitters..

I fail to see your problem with ordering from Canada given the exchange rate.

Campgrounds are rustic.. ... nd_map.pdf

Author:  nessmuk [ December 26th, 2016, 9:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Yukon Territory Guide Books in Whitehorse is THE place to order Yukon books

Yukon River Charts by Mike Rourke

Paddling the Yukon River and its Tributaries by Dan Maclean

Racing the Yukon by Ron Price

Yukon Channel Charts: sternwheeler-style strip maps of the historic Yukon River by Bruce Trelawny Batchelor (available on Amazon)

I used the sternwheeler charts to plan my first YRQ race in 2008. Ron Price has a short description in his book of his encounter with my voyageur canoe racing with (against) him. I enjoy many of the historical descriptions in some of the other books and like to recall those even as I am racing by. Since my first trip, I have modified and upgraded my own canoe race route, always with experience looking for the shortest distance and fastest current. One day I will take a "tourist trip", to linger at some of my personal favorite sites along the river that I only glimpse during the races.

Author:  nessmuk [ December 26th, 2016, 10:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Yukon Territory Guide Books

Whitehorse has two outfitters of note; (not far from the river) (right on the river, lots of canoes and gear, and friendly helpful staff)

Author:  erich [ December 31st, 2016, 1:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Yukon Territory Guide Books

Oops, posted twice.

Author:  erich [ December 31st, 2016, 2:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Yukon Territory Guide Books

I've have done many trips in the Yukon and have a large collection of guides collected over the years. The widest selection of rivers in a guidebook, is Ken Madsen's and Peter Mather's "Paddling in the Yukon". I think that is the title of their last addition. Mike Rourke's river guides are very complete with included maps. Mike lives in Houston, BC and tries to update his books with some regularity, helped by his daughter. Mike's guides cover the major or more popular rivers, as he uses a skiff to research rather than a canoe. Therefore, You can find the Teslin, Yukon, Big Salmon, Pelly etc., but nothing in the Peel drainage, like the Hart, the Blackstone, nor the Beaver(s) north and south Yukon. Ken and Peter's books don't have maps so you will need to get those. Mac's Fireweed is a good source for books and maps. Gus Karpes guides are not as detailed as Mike's, sorry Gus) but he provides a lot of color. If running a river where both Gus' and Mike's guide are available, get both. Scott and Joanne McDougall run Kanoe People a very nice outfitter. Another one is Up North. Both rent and sell canoes and also have some gear to rent and sell. A word of caution. Neither maps nor guides are updated regularly enough to be trusted implicitly. Many rivers, even the Teslin and Yukon have stretches that are dozens of miles from the nearest road. Rivers can change dramatically. In 2007, I paddling the Pelly in August. A second late crest had cut many new channels which were littered with sweepers. It was enjoyable to see what the river had done, cutting channels through chunks of land 20 feet high and a half a k long.

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