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Kinetic Family in the Yukon: Ride On

August 11, 2014 in biking, Exercise, Outdoor Activity

On the Alaska Highway

On the Alaska Highway

With its awesome natural beauty, the relatively short flight, and the opportunity to visit family, Whitehorse, Yukon has been a choice summer vacation destination for us time and time again.

Our summer trips are often filled with many wonderful activities and over a series of blog posts we will share our experiences and highlight some of our favourite things to do in the area – perhaps a quasi ‘list of things to do’ for future travelers considering a visit to the land of the midnight sun.

Best Mountain Biking Destination

It’s no secret that Whitehorse, Yukon is an awesome place to mountain bike. With recent features in Impact Magazine, Get Out There, and Outside magazine naming Whitehorse as the Best Biking Destination in its 2013 Outside Travel Awards, the Yukon is becoming highly regarded as a world-class destination for mountain biking enthusiasts. It’s not hard to see why. The abundance of well-maintained trails surrounding the city combined with the extended daylight hours during the summer make for a kick ass getaway where you can get your mountain biking fix pretty much anywhere, anytime of day.

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Schwatka Lake in the background.

Our most recent trip took us through the trails around Grey Mountain and the Riverdale area which were pretty much right in our backyard. There is plenty of trail variety so it is suitable for different levels of ability, ranging from from easy and very wide cross country trails to more challenging and steeper singletrack. The most exciting trails are the singletrack along the many lakes and along the Yukon river. Many of the trails often led to something or somewhere picturesque and whether you’re biking or hiking you’re bound to see beauty.

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If you can BYOB (bring your own bike) then you’ll enjoy the comforts and familiarity of your own machine but if not, there are several local bike shops and companies in town that rent mountain bikes for as little as $35/day (24hrs) or weekly rates are available if you really want to get your fill. We’d recommend Cadence Cycles on Wood street or the Kanoe People (yes, they have bikes too) as our previous rental experience s with them have been outstanding. There is also Icycle Sport which has been a local mainstay in town for years but we have yet to use their services.

On The Road

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There were also a few days where I opted to ride on the road rather than the trails. I called the local bike shops in Whitehorse in advance of our trip to see what, if any, rental options there would be for road bikes but it turned out that it wasn’t really an option there so I rented a bicycle travel case from a bike shop in Vancouver before we left and packed my own bike to take with me. Different Bikes in West Vancouver and Speed Theory in Vancouver are a couple of shops that rent travel bags/cases.

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The downtown area of Whitehorse is cyclist friendly with dedicated bike lanes on the main roads and traffic is generally light. Once you get out of the city and ride the seemingly endless highways, it gets very pretty. The vast scenery and quiet open road makes you want to ride on forever. A good long ride will most likely be an out and back (return the same way you came) route. The views were outstanding both ways and riding on the highways felt like I had the road all to myself.

There you have it. Ride on in the Yukon.

LINKS:

The Whitehorse Recreational Trail Guide (trails for mountain bikers and hikers) is available in iTunes or in the Google Play store.

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Kinetic Family in the Yukon: Fish On

August 3, 2014 in Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity

With its awesome natural beauty, the relatively short flight, and the opportunity to visit family, Whitehorse, Yukon has been a choice summer vacation destination for us time and time again.

Our summer trips are often filled with many wonderful activities and over a series of blog posts we will share our experiences and highlight some of our favourite things to do in the area – perhaps a quasi ‘list of things to do’ for future travelers considering a visit to the land of the midnight sun.

Catch of the Day - Lake Trout at Dezadeash

Catch of the Day – Lake Trout at Dezadeash

FISHING DAY

I’ve gone fishing a few times in my life and and I’ve been lucky to catch a few fish here and there but I wouldn’t call myself an angler, not even close. Plus, all the fish that I have ever caught have been nothing to write home about. Well, that all changed on August 1st, 2014 when Dawn and I were guided on a fishing expedition by “Fish On” in the Yukon blogger, YukonTony (Dawn’s brother). An avid and experienced angler, YukonTony taught us the ins and outs of fishing in the Yukon. He also guided us on a fishing trip to one of the most picturesque fishing spots I have been to yet.

About a 2 hour drive outside of Whitehorse, Lake Dezadeash offers some of the best fishing in the region. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Kluane mountains the scenery alone makes this one of the most beautiful places on earth. I would have gone home happy to have just been there. The tranquility and the surrounding scenery is so awe-inspiring that no picture or video can do it justice.

The sun beaming down on Lake Dezadeash.

The sun beaming down on Lake Dezadeash.

As a beginner and first-timer to Dezadeash, I was pleasantly surprised when within just 10 minutes and a few casts of the line I had already hooked a couple of Lake Trout. And big ones, to boot! After releasing my first couple of fish (too big to keep), I went on a bit of a cold streak with my line but Dawn caught fire with hers and landed fish after fish as she caught and released 5 Lake Trout by the end of our 3-hour fishing adventure.

1 of 5. Dawn led the way landing five Lake Trout during our 3-hour trip to Dezadeash.

1 of 5. Dawn led the way landing five Lake Trout during our 3-hour trip to Dezadeash.

This particular expedition did not go without exerting some effort as the trek to the lake itself required a bit of hiking with all our gear in tow (food, equipment, waders, etc.). As we stood wearing waders in the lake the activity required constant core stabilization to prevent falling into the water, especially if the wind picked up and the waves got bigger. The most physically demanding part was reeling in the fish, especially if it was a big one. Apart from that, if a couple of wannabe anglers like us can catch a fish, I’m pretty sure anybody can.

Lake Dezadeash has been the best fishing experience I have had so far and I’m already thinking about the next time we go back. Lake Dezadeash = pure awesomeness.

Read more about The Secrets of Dezadeash (and other great fishing spots in the Yukon), how to get there, and all the gear you’ll need to fish at this lake by visiting YukonTony’s “Fish On” in the Yukon blog.

Watch our fishing video courtesy of YukonTony. Thank you.

Links:
Yukon Angling Licences (2014-2015)