This is the most significant initiative in Northern Tourism in a generation
Whitehorse (Vocus) May 22, 2008
Great River Journey Inc. announce their inaugural season trips on the Yukon River. 2008 is dubbed the "Patron's Season" and is open to adventurers who will be the first to experience this totally unique journey through history and nature and who will become ambassadors for the experience in coming years.
"This is the most significant initiative in Northern Tourism in a generation," says George Asquith, President of Great River Journey. Guests will travel the Yukon River following the path of long ago gold rush pioneers, through First Nations' lands from Whitehorse to the Klondike claims of Dawson City. Dates range from the beginning of June to the end of September and are limited to a maximum of 10 people for each departure. For this patron's season, guests will pay reduced rates; build lasting relationships and retain their Patron's status receiving special consideration for their lifetimes.
Travel by riverboat and floatplane, frequent stops will allow guests to hike, kayak, bird watch and visit geological and historic sites related to the First Nations people and the Klondike Gold Rush Stampede. Overnight accommodations along the route are provided at Upper Labarge Lodge, Homestead Lodge and Wilderness Outpost. Lodges are remote, rustic, and exclusive, offering guests unique access to the backcountry. Fine cuisine featuring local ingredients and traditional foods is served throughout the journey.
Great River Journey travels through the traditional First Nations' lands offering guests an authentic glimpse into their lifestyle. Partners in this venture are the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council, Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and the Selkirk First Nation. They are involved as owners, represented on the board of directors and their people will be among those hosting and guiding guests.
After working together for years Yukon's first nations and private sector partners are coming out with their shared vision. Great River Journey provides the premier, high-end, low-impact river tour experience in North America with the adventure of a unique, world-class riverboat safari into the wilderness, history and culture of the Yukon. For more information, please visit them on the web at http://www.greatriverjourney.com.
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