Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge
Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Road Trip (Campbell Hwy)






The Campbell Highway was built in the late 1960s along the original fur trade route from southern Canada to central Yukon. It is named after the legendary fur trader, Robert Campbell, who explored this route in the 1840s on behalf of the Hudson's Bay Company. As you drive this route, you'll be following along Campbell's tracks from Carmacks to Watson Lake, crossing the Yukon Plateau. The highway leads through extensive forests, along the Yukon, Pelly and Frances rivers and passes the Little Salmon, Finlayson, Frances and Simpson lakes. The highlight of this journey is the 4-night stay at Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge, a secluded place nestled on the shores of pristine Frances Lake.

ITINERARY

Day 1: You will arrive in Whitehorse and pick up your rental car. Spend the remainder of the day as you like: go for a relaxing stroll through the charming city or take the chance to go shopping. You'll spend the night at a good downtown hotel.

Day 2: In your rental car, you'll leave Whitehorse behind and head up the North Klondike Highway to Carmacks. Along this route you skirt the edge of beautiful Fox Lake and may want to stop at Braeburn Lodge, home to the world's biggest cinnamon buns! Shortly after Carmacks you will reach the junction of the North Klondike and the Campbell Highways. However, before you turn onto the Campbell for your unforgettable drive, we recommend a visit to the Yukon River's famous Five Finger Rapids, located just a few kilometres north of the junction. Once on the Campbell Highway, you'll find the newly paved road follows the course of the Yukon River for a while, and later skirts along the lovely Little Salmon Lake. Enjoy the great scenery until you arrive at the day's final destination: the remote and beautiful, small town of Faro. You'll stay the night in a charming bed & breakfast.

Faro is a former mining town. In its heyday, it was home to about 2500 people. The zinc-lead-silver mine, which provided employment to most of Faro's residents, closed down in the late 1990s. Today only 400 or so residents remain in Faro, enjoying and caring for the town's idyllic setting. Explore this special place along various hiking trails and pay a visit to the interesting Visitor Information Center to learn about local wildlife and the town's history.

Day 3: You'll continue your wilderness drive along the Campbell Highway, making your way towards Frances Lake. You will now be on a well-maintained gravel road. Some of the highlights include crossing Lapie Canyon and the Continental Divide near Finlayson Lake. You'll want to take a short side-trip off the main road to visit the First Nations village of Ross River and marvel at the little orange ferry and the wobbly swing bridge which both cross the mighty Pelly River. Further east, at the Hoole River bridge, it's worthwhile to take the short access track down to the confluence with the Pelly River. Later in the day you'll arrive at Frances Lake, where we will pick you up for the half-hour boat ride to Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge.

Days 4 – 6: Your days at Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge offer a wide variety of options. Relax at the lodge or participate in guided excursions, go fishing, paddle around the sheltered bay or stroll along the lake's beach. Join us on a sightseeing trip by motorboat to the scenic East Arm of Frances Lake, which boasts a rambling shoreline, countless bays and hidden ponds. A visit to the abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company trading post carries you away into past times. Discover a hidden waterfall and explore a vast river delta teeming with birdlife. Watch for bald eagles, loons, beavers and moose, as they are often seen around here. Or you may simply want to relax, enjoy your private, cozy log cabin and admire the stunning views across the bay.

Day 7: Your journey continues along the last section of the Campbell Highway to Watson Lake. Here, you can visit the famous Sign Post Forest and the Northern Lights Center. Also worth seeing is the exhibition about the construction of the Alaska Highway at the Visitor Information Centre. After that, you'll pull onto the Alaska Highway and head west back to Whitehorse. You will want to stop and see the Rancheria Falls, as well as the nice sandy beach at Morley Lake. The Wildlife Museum and the George Johnston Museum, both in Teslin, are worth visiting too. In the evening you'll reach Whitehorse, where you'll stay in a downtown hotel we have booked for you.

Day 8: In the morning you will drop off your rental car and leave Whitehorse by plane or continue your Yukon adventures by yourself.


THINGS TO KNOW

  • We speak English, French and German.
  • Bring good shoes and weatherproof clothing (jacket and pants) with you. For more information, see What to Bring.
  • Canadian legislation requires you to sign a release of liability and waiver of claims form prior to the beginning of your visit.
  • 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 Association (WTAY).

DATES AND RATES

Duration: 8 days from/to Whitehorse
Dates: Mid-June to mid-September 2017
Rates: from 2 guests $1450 CAD + GST per person (double occupancy)
  Single occupancy surcharge $400 CAD + GST
  Extra lodge day(s) Rates available on request

Terms of Participation

RATES INCLUDE

  • All accommodation (4 nights at lodge, 2 nights in hotel, 1 night in B&B)
  • All meals at the lodge
  • Breakfast in Faro
  • Guided day trips at the lodge
  • Use of all lodge amenities including sauna, library, canoes, kayaks and angling gear
  • Detailed road book

NOT INCLUDED

  • Rental car (we gladly give advice and make a reservation for you)
  • Meals in Whitehorse and en route
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (the lodge is licensed and has a selection in stock)
  • Angling licence (can be purchased at the lodge)
  • Personal insurance (trip cancellation, medical insurance). We strongly recommend our guests arrange for sufficient insurance coverage before the beginning of their trip.