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 a bit about life in the 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 will be prepared outside for guests who wish to stay up late and watch for the northern lights.
Day Two: This is your day for cultural activities. Following a late morning breakfast, we’ll grab our snowshoes and head for Emerald Lake, just a short hike from camp. Along the way we’ll check for wildlife tracks and take time for photos. Returning to the lodge for lunch, we’ll warm ourselves by the wood stove, enjoy a hot meal, and afterwards learn about the different tools used and furs trapped on the Allen’s trap line before touring the trap line with James. After dinner, guests will be given instruction on how to make their own dream catcher or medicine bag which they will take home with them as a memento of their stay. A campfire will be prepared for those guests who want to stay up and watch for Northern lights.
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