Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge
Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge

Getting Here






Travel to the Yukon

The Yukon Territory (482'443 km2, twice the size of the United Kingdom) is located in Canada’s far northwest corner bordering to Alaska/USA and offers a surprisingly well developed traffic infrastructure, despite of its low population and vast areas of unspoiled wilderness. The capital city of Whitehorse (pop. 28,000) features an international airport and the entire territory (pop. 37,000) is criss-crossed by a network of major highways.

Domestic air connections to Whitehorse exist from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver; new also from Ottawa via Yellowknife (Air North, three times a week). In summer, Condor, a German air charter company, has weekly non-stop flights from Frankfurt (Germany) to Whitehorse, flying every Sunday. More Condor flights exist to Anchorage (Alaska), which allows you to combine a Yukon-Alaska round trip directly from Europe.

Two overland routes lead from southern Canada to the Yukon: the famous Alaska Highway (on which the Greyhound bus line operates) and the adventurous Cassiar Highway. The Alaska Highway, as the name indicates, continues on to Alaska. Another option for travelling to the Yukon is by ferry — from Vancouver or Bellingham (near Seattle/USA). These routes lead along the west coast northbound through the legendary fiord system of the Inside Passage to Skagway (Alaska) and from there either by car/camper or by train/bus to Whitehorse.

Where is Frances Lake?

Frances Lake is located about 300 km (as the crow flies) east of Whitehorse in the largely unspoiled southeast Yukon. The Campbell Highway, a well-developed gravel road, provides the only road access leading through the hilly backcountry to Frances Lake. The lodge proper is another 20 km down the lake in a secluded bay with wonderful views to the mountains. We are the only year-round residents on the lake, which has two arms of about 40 km length each.

Detail Map of Frances Lake


Travel options to Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge

You can travel in your own vehicle (rental car, motorhome) to Frances Lake, where we pick you up at the boat ramp and bring you by motorboat to the lodge. This boat transfer is included in the lodge rate and takes about 30 minutes. Or you can fly in by floatplane from Whitehorse (or Watson Lake) directly to the lodge. Another option is our minivan shuttle service from Whitehorse or Watson Lake. Or you can take the Greyhound Bus to Watson Lake, where we will come to pick you up in our minivan. Finally, there is a new regular flight service between Whitehorse and Watson Lake.

Please note that some of our multi-day canoeing and hiking trips depart from Whitehorse, hence the transfer to the lodge and back is included in the rate. It is also possible to fly one way and use our minivan shuttle the other way.

We gladly help you planning your travels, charter floatplanes, arrange for the minivan shuttle or book rental cars and accommodation along the way for you.

 
Self-drive by car/campervan

Getting here is part of the experience and can be easily built into a Yukon round-trip. Along the road, you will experience the vastness and fascinating landscape of the Canadian North.

There is free and safe parking for your vehicle at the Frances Lake boat ramp, from where we will pick you up by motorboat. The pick-up time at the Frances Lake boat ramp is usually at 5:00 pm. On the day of departure, we will bring you back to your vehicle after breakfast in the course of the morning.

We recommend the following 3 road routes from Whitehorse:

  • The fastest and easiest way via Watson Lake: On the Alaska Highway (Hwy 1) 450 km east via Teslin to Watson Lake (4.5 – 5 h driving time). Afterwards 170 km on the Campbell Highway (Hwy 4) north to Frances Lake (2.5 – 3 h driving time). All in all 620 km or 7 – 8 h driving time. Allow one full day for this drive. Details (PDF)!
  • The worthwhile alternative via Carmacks: On the North Klondike Highway (Hwy 2) 180 km north towards Dawson City until Carmacks (2 h driving time). Afterwards 410 km on the Campbell Highway (Hwy 4) east, past Faro and Ross River to Frances Lake (6 – 7 h driving time). All in all 590 km or 8 – 9 h driving time. This trip can be completed in one long day, but there are good options for staying overnight along the way (motels, B&Bs, campgrounds). Details (PDF)!
  • The adventurous option via South Canol Road: On the Alaska Highway 130 km east to Johnson’s Crossing (1.5 h driving time). Afterwards along the South Canol Road (Hwy 6) 220 km north just before Ross River (about 5 – 7 h driving time) and another 180 km east along the Campbell Highway (Hwy 4) to Frances Lake (about 3 h driving time). All in all 530 km or 10 – 12 h driving time. The South Canol Road is a narrow and winding mountain road. Take your time and allow two days for the entire trip; there are nice campgrounds along the way. Details (PDF)!

Information on current road conditions is available at any Yukon Visitor Information Centre or online at www.511yukon.ca.

If required, we will gladly arrange for a rental car from Whitehorse for you. Rates 2018:

  • from $50 CAD + GST per day (including compulsory liability insurance and 150 km per day, excluding voluntary collision insurance and $0.20 per extra km).
 
Fly in by floatplane

Would you like to save time on the transfer and have an unforgettable experience on top of it? If so, we recommend flying in by floatplane from Whitehorse directly to the lodge! The flight across spectacular mountains, forests and lakes takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Rates 2018 for a one-way flight:

  • Floatplane for 1 – 2 passengers, max. 230 kg payload*: $1824 CAD + GST
  • Floatplane for 3 – 4 passengers, max. 365 kg payload*: $2016 CAD + GST
  • Floatplane for 5 – 6 passengers, max. 550 kg payload*: $3264 CAD + GST

*Payload = total weight of all passengers plus baggage.

These rates are guiding prices only and are subject to change without notice. Charter flights are possible daily (weather permitting). You can also fly one way and use our minivan shuttle the other way (see below).

 
Minivan shuttle service

If you neither want to drive yourself nor want to fly, we provide a minivan shuttle service from Whitehorse or Watson Lake. Daily departures are possible. Driving time takes about 8 hours from Whitehorse and 3 hours from Watson Lake. Rates 2018:

  • from Whitehorse (one-way, per group): $1200 CAD + GST
  • from Watson Lake (one-way, per group): $400 CAD + GST
 
NEW: Regularly scheduled flight service Whitehorse – Watson Lake (Alkan Air)

There is a new regularly scheduled flight service (3 times a week) with light aircrafts between Whitehorse and Watson Lake. Flying time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes and a one-way ticket costs $325 per person. Dates 2018:

  • Whitehorse – Watson Lake: Mon + Wed (02:30 - 03:45 pm), Fri (12:30 - 01:45 pm)
  • Watson Lake – Whitehorse: Mon + Wed (04:15 - 05:30 pm), Fri (02:15 - 05:30 pm)

For groups there are flexible times and rates available. Between Watson Lake and Frances Lake our minivan shuttle service is available (see above). Or, there are rental cars available in Watson Lake. We will gladly check details for you.

 
Greyhound Bus

Whitehorse and Watson Lake are along the Greyhound bus line, which connects the Yukon via Alaska Hwy to southern Canada 3 times a week. Heading south, the service runs in the evening, heading north, unfortunately in the middle of the night (approx. fare $60).
Dates 2018:

  • Direction Whitehorse – Watson Lake: Mon, Wed, Fri (06:00 pm - 11:05 pm)
  • Direction Watson Lake – Whitehorse: Tue, Thu, Sat (11:20 pm - 04:00 am)

Between Watson Lake and Frances Lake our minivan shuttle service is available (see above). We will gladly advise you on accommodation in Watson Lake.