Our winter programs at Shakat Tun Wilderness Camp are designed for the adventurous traveler who wants to get away from the swaths of northern lights tourists that descend on Whitehorse each winter.
Day One: You can venture out on your own from Whitehorse to “Allenville”, or pre-book a transfer. Once at “Allenville”, you’ll be transferred by snowmobile to Shakat Tun Wilderness Camp. As the days are shorter in winter, after checking into your cabin, you’ll familiarize yourself with the camp, and we’ll get dinner on after dark. In the evenings, guests cozy up to the fire in the main Yurt lodge and share stories about their day. James will share with you a bit about life in Yukon, his family, and how Indigenous people have helped shape how the territory is managed through cultural knowledge and traditions. Later in the evening a campfire outside is prepared for guests who wish to stay up late and watch for the northern lights.
Day Two: This morning after a leisurely breakfast you’ll have free time to explore the area, snowshoe back to Emerald Lake, or relax in the lodge with a good book or a board game. After lunch, guests will be shown a furs and tools demonstration before heading out to walk the family trap line, learn about different methods of trapping, and the deep connection and respect that First Nations people have for the land and animals. We’ll return to the lodge for complimentary refreshments and snacks and have dinner a bit later this evening. The outdoor fire will be prepared for those who wish to stay up in hopes of catching a Northern lights spectacle.
Day Three: After breakfast today, guests will get on their warm gear and prepare for a snowmobile trip to Cultus Bay. Following an old mining trail, your guides will carefully transport you through a forest of snowcapped spruce trees and along the shores of Kluane Lake to Cultus Bay. At Cultus Bay, we’ll stop and prepare a campfire and enjoy a cook out for lunch today. Returning to camp later in the afternoon, guests will warm themselves by the fire as dinner is prepared. After dinner tonight, guests will have the choice of making their own dream catcher or medicine bag as a souvenir. The outdoor fire will be prepared for those who wish to stay up in hopes of catching a Northern lights spectacle.
Day Four: After breakfast, guests will be transferred from Shakat Tun Wilderness Camp back to “Allenville” where they will depart to their next location. Complimentary road snacks and beverages will be provided.
Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
1-1109 Front Street (White Pass Building)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A-5G4