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 evening, 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, 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. Following the tour, we’ll return to the lodge to cozy up by the fire and enjoy a hot lunch to get the chill off.
After lunch, you’ll either prepare yourself for an ice fishing adventure on Christmas Bay where you’ll have a chance to cook your catch over the open fire or, if staying cozy indoors is more your style we’ll settle in for an afternoon drum making workshop. You’ll be able to take your new drum home with you as a memento. There will be complimentary snacks and refreshments for your enjoyment during the afternoon. If you opted for the ice fishing adventure, guests will have the choice of making their own dream catcher or medicine bag after dinner.
Later in the 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, 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