Alpine Lake Canoe Adventure

Feel the seclusion and beauty of North Country wilderness as you canoe on Summit Lake in British Columbia. Paddle through virtually untouched alpine landscapes and marvel at the grandeur of towering glaciated peaks of White Pass.

Tour Photos

  • Navigating the waters of Summit Lake with the motor assisted canoe Navigating the waters of Summit Lake with the motor assisted canoe
  • We'll explore the granite bluffs and hidden coves of Summit Lake We'll explore the granite bluffs and hidden coves of Summit Lake
  • A short trail winds down through the alpine terrain to our launch area A short trail winds down through the alpine terrain to our launch area
  • The tent offers a place to swap out shoes for rubber boots The tent offers a place to swap out shoes for rubber boots
  • The group prepares for some paddling along Summit Lake The group prepares for some paddling along Summit Lake
  • Exploring one of the narrow inlets surrounded by granite. Exploring one of the narrow inlets surrounded by granite.
  • Paddling south along Summit Lake. Paddling south along Summit Lake.
     

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 4.5 Hours
Activity Level: Moderate
Min. Age: 8 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 300 lbs.
Food: Light snack, water and hot chocolate.
Provided Equipment: Canoe, paddles, ponchos, rubber boots
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain gear, extra pair of socks.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity.
Liability Waiver Required
Passports are required for all participants.

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Tour Description

Departing the dock, guests will enjoy a town tour of historic Skagway on our way towards the Canadian border. It is about a 40 minute drive from Skagway to the shores of Summit Lake. Along the way, we'll enjoy spectacular views of the Denver Glacier, the White Pass and the numerous snow-capped peaks. We'll check in with the Canadian customs before arriving at the lake.

Once the groups arrives at Summit Lake, we'll take a short walk along a winding trail through rocky, alpine terrain, to where your large, motor assisted 12 person voyageur canoes are waiting along the shore. These large 12 person canoes are similar to the ones used by trappers and prospectors during the gold rush era. You'll be outfitted with life jackets, boots, and ponchos (if needed). After a short safety talk and paddling instruction, we'll launch out onto the water to explore the alpine lake.

The rocky glaciated landscape of coves and islets make for stunning paddling in a pristine setting. Snow-capped glaciated peaks surround the narrow, intricate waterway of Summit Lake. If guests are feeling tired, or the winds pick up, we have a small outboard motor on the canoes to assist us. We'll explore narrow channels and have the chance to walk around to explore secluded shores of the lake. After a short break, we'll board the large canoes explore more of the aquamarine colored waters of Summit Lake. After about 2 hours on the water, we'll return to our bus and back to Skagway.

Passports are required for all participants

(~10 minutes) – Your friendly guide will meet you near the Skagway Small Boat harbor sign and restrooms. Here they will take the opportunity to get to know you and provide answers to any questions that you might have about your upcoming excursion.
(~60 minutes) – We’ll depart from our meeting point by van for an interpretive driving tour of historic downtown Skagway on our way up the Klondike Highway and the White Pass to Summit Lake. Along the way to Summit Lake we’ll make a brief stop at Canadian Customs. (passports and appropriate VISA’s will be verified here)
(~10 minutes) – Once we arrive at our parking area you’ll have the opportunity to use the restroom before we make the short hike downhill to our canoe staging area on the lake.
(~10 minutes) – At the staging area your guides will assist you with getting fitted with rubber boots a PFD and rain gear if necessary.
(~10 minutes) – Your guides will then provide a thorough orientation, paddling instruction and safety briefing as we prepare to head out on the water.
(~90 minutes) – We’ll spend the next hour and a half exploring the alpine environment surrounding Summit Lake by voyageur canoe.
(~25 minutes) – Once back at the put-in we’ll trade your rubber boots and PFD’s back in for your shoes and you’ll have time to enjoy a smoked salmon snack and some hot cocoa on the sandy beach.
(~10 minutes) – We’ll hike back up the trail to our transportation.
(~55 minutes) – From the parking area we’ll head back toward Skagway. Along the way we’ll make a photo stop at the “Welcome to Alaska” sign on the White Pass summit followed by a brief stop at US customs. The scenic drive back down the Klondike Highway transitions back from the alpine environment to lush rainforest and the gold rush town of Skagway.
Where will I meet my guide?
Our guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. They will meet you under the Small Boat Harbor sign which is located on Railroad Dock. CLICK HERE to see a map pointing to this location.
Who are my guides?
You guides are experts in the industry. They are fun, well-trained and passionate about guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Haines and Skagway, Alaska with you! Our staff all go through extensive training and hold current first-aid (mostly WFR and WEMT) certification. Many of our guides also lead courses and guided expedition trips for us both in Alaska and throughout the world.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour and a non-flushing “outhouse” style restroom on-site.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
How much will I paddle?
Everyone in the canoe will be provided with a paddle. Paddling is optional and each boat is equipped with a quiet 4-stroke outboard motor so if the wind picks up or you need a rest you can sit back and let your guide and motor do the work.

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