Fireside's Artemis Women's Adventure Series are for those women wanting to release their inner Artemis (Greek Goddess of Wilderness). Artemis programs are carefully crafted to encourage participants to become more confident in the wilderness, while creating the right environment to build and explore a deep connection to the Natural World. Artemis programs, through excellent instruction in outdoor leadership skills, share the gifts of the wilderness with people of all colours, abilities, backgrounds, sizes, gender identities and experience levels.
Artemis programs are designed to allow you to Be, Eat and Adventure in the wilderness:
Be – Artemis programs provide a platform for women needing and wanting time for self-reflection, self-discovery and personal growth. Through writing activities, group dialogues and solo time, participants are encouraged to explore their connection to self, others and nature. Be brave. Be real. Be you.
Eat – A well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Participants will learn how to pack for and prepare meals on extended backcountry trips, and how to cook in a “wilderness” kitchen. While on trip we will nourish our bodies with healthy and holistic foods suited to all diets.
Adventure – Experience true adventure with a group of like-minded and supportive women, while learning skills that will allow you to plan and experience your own adventures in the future. Challenge yourself to expand your comfort zone, and encourage other women to do the same.
2018 Artemis Expedition - Yukon River: Carmacks to Dawson City
Both the river and paddle experience are immense, beautiful and memorable. You will spend eleven days discovering the Yukon River by paddling from Carmacks to Dawson City, visiting some of the places where the gold rush captured so many hearts and souls.
Feel your hand dip into the Yukon River as you navigate over 400km of pure Canadian adventure and sleep under the dancing Aurora Borealis.
You and your fellow adventurers will also have the opportunity to discover Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs and the famous Dawson City.
Date: August 10 to August 19, 2018
Ages: 18 years and over (women only)
Price: Early Bird (Before December 31, 2017): $1,800.00 CDN plus 5% tax.
Regular: $2,400 CDN plus 5$ tax.
Includes instruction, food, accommodation, most camping gear, Whitehorse airport pick-up and drop-off, and canoes during the trip. Does not include flight, fishing license, personal extras, and some optional activities.
Locations: Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs, Yukon River and Dawson City
- Fully guided multi-day expedition on the Yukon River from Carmacks to Dawson City
- Led by excellent and experienced female guides gifted in teaching outdoor leadership and wilderness skills who will provide support 24 hours a day for the entirety of the program
- Gourmet wilderness cooking
- Step back into time by hiking the trails seeking Yukon Gold Rush artifacts and abandoned cabins
- Soaking your bones at the Tahini Hot Springs at the beginning and end of your expedition
- Sleep under the stars in some of the Yukon River’s pristine river islands
- A chance to see the northern lights dance above your head
- Learn the basics of front and backcountry camping, river canoeing, orienteering, hiking and risk management
- Learn to apply leadership styles and core competencies of outdoor leadership
- Unplugged from wifi, phones, computers, home and work life.
Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change)
August 9, 2018 – Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse
- Afternoon departure from Vancouver International Airport (possible to leave earlier)
- Early afternoon arrival in Whitehorse. Guides will meet and greet participants at the Whitehorse airport
- Shuttle to Takhini Hostel
- Program orientation and gear check
- Welcome ceremony
August 10, 2018 - Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse
- Early wake-up
- Introduction of participants and overview of canoe trip
- Unpack personal gear (again) and group gear check
- Yukon River orientation
- Pack up food
- Half day practice of paddle strokes
- Free time in Whitehorse
- Visiting the popular Yukon Brewery
- Campfire “Welcome Ceremony”
- Soak bones in Takhini Hot Springs
- Safety lessons and protocols (evening)
August 11, 2018 – Carmacks/Five Fingers section/Sam Magee's Ashes
- Early departure to Carmacks
- Fireside Artemis “river gifts”
- Practice strokes (again) in Carmacks
- Map reading & orienteering in Carmacks
- Review safety and emergency procedures in Carmacks
- Paddle the famous Five Fingers section
- Visit Sam Magee’s ashes
- Camp set-up and cooking lesson
August 12 to 17, 2018 – Yukon River
- Wilderness cuisine cooking lessons
- Outdoor Leadership skills training
- Guiding principles of leading out trips
- Weather reading
- River navigation lesson
- Yukon River history and geography
- Exploring and visiting old cabins
- A night at Fort Selkirk
- Wildlife safety
- Poetry, writing and photography on the river
- Option to fish (fishing gear and license required)
August 17, 2018 – Arriving into Dawson City
- Tour the city and visit historical places
- Graduation dinner
- Diamond Tooth Gerties Dance Show
- Infamous Sour Toe Cocktail
- Enjoy the festivities of a night in Dawson City
August 18, 2018 – Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse
- Pack up and breakfast in Dawson City
- Lunch on the road (6 hour road trip)
- Clean gear in Whitehorse
- Final dinner and bracelet ceremony
August 19, 2018 – Homeward Bound
- Pack up and morning to explore Whitehorse
- Shuttle to airport for a 3:30 pm departure
Facts About Yukon
The name “Yukon” originated from the Locheux native word "Yuk-un-ah," meaning "Great River," referring to the Yukon River that flows across the territory into Alaska.
One of three Canadian territories, Yukon is situated in the northwest corner of Canada's continental mainland. Yukon sits between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Arctic Ocean, with Alaska to the west and the Northwest Territories to the east.
The Arctic Circle crosses through Yukon and the territory has 430 kilometres of shoreline along the Beaufort Sea.
At 483,450 square kilometres (186,661 square miles), Yukon is larger than California and covers more area than Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands combined. It represents 4.8% of Canada's total land area.
Facts About Yukon River
The Yukon River is the longest river in Yukon and Alaska and the third longest river in North America, flowing northwest from the Coastal Range mountains of northern British Columbia, through the Yukon Territory and Alaska to the Bering Sea. Its overall length is 3,185 kilometers (km), with 1,149 km within Canadian borders. The watershed’s total drainage area is 840,000 sq. km (323,800 sq. km in Canada) and it discharges 195 cubic kilometers of water per year.
During the Klondike Gold Rush the Yukon River was one of the principal means of transportation. Paddle-wheel riverboats continued to ply the river until the 1950’s, when the Klondike Highway was completed.
As of September 2012, there were 36,304 people living in the Yukon. Of those, 27,687 were living in the capital city of Whitehorse.
Yukon’s dry, continental climate results in a wide variety of weather year-round. Humidity is very low, so summers can be hot and dry while winter coldness is less harsh than in damper climates.
Capital City – Whitehorse
Whitehorse is Yukon’s capital and a major northern hub. It enjoys facilities, services and businesses far beyond the expectation of a city of 30,000. It's a big little city surrounded by wilderness with the amenities of a much larger destination paired with the friendly demeanour of a close-knit community.
Yukon weather has been known to be quite variable as an Arctic air mass can dominate one day, and the next day a warm front can move in from the Pacific. On your expedition you could experience all four seasons in one day! With varied geography and changeable weather, it's important to be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature, especially since we are on a canoe expedition.
In summer, the temperature can be plus 30 Celsius and the blazing sun shines around the clock. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn't set on June 21st and it doesn't rise on December 21st.
Yukon Summer Season
Summer is June to August. The sun barely sets. People are full of energy. Days can be hot, and the evenings cool off.
What to Wear
When you visit Yukon, chances are you'll discover the relaxed dress known as 'Yukon formal'. Whatever the season, pack a wide variety of clothing. Layering is always a good idea so you can adapt to changing weather and temperatures.
To be comfortable on outdoor adventures, wear a thin wool or polyester base layer that can wick away perspiration.
Once registered for your adventure, you will receive a detailed packing list.