Archive for December, 2008

Yukon Wild Rivers: Plan Your 2009 Canoe Trip

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Wild Rivers of the Yukon’s Peel Watershed: A Traveller’s Guide
, is a complete source for planning your 2009 trip to the Yukon’s northern wilderness – and learning more about the natural and cultural history of this inspiring landscape. Published in 2008 by Juri Peepre and Sarah Locke, the book is available on-line from to help you navigate the Three Rivers country (the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume), as well as the Peel, Hart, Ogilvie, Blackstone and Rat rivers.


Wild Rivers will be a welcome gift for your friends or family who are thinking about a future northern canoeing or hiking trip.   For more information, see About Our Book.


Take Action Now to Protect the Peel Watershed


The Peel Watershed Land Use Planning Commission is seeking public comments now as it prepares scenarios for the future of this wild and biologically diverse region. Two First Nations, the Nacho Nyak Dun and the Tetl’it Gwich’in, have agreed to work together on conservation in the Peel watershed.


See CBC News story:


Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Yukon mining industry has vowed there will never be a protected area in the Peel watershed. Last year, there was a huge public outcry over a junior exploration company’s plans to develop access roads and airstrips for uranium mining in the Wind River valley.


Your voice is important. Go to and follow the Three Rivers links to learn more about the campaign to protect the watersheds and wildlife of the Peel. Write a letter to the Peel Planning Commission to express your support for protection. CPAWS has a letter writing guide at:



For more information on why the Peel should be protected, see our Peel Conservation Background. You’ll also find more information on the Peel Planning Commission’s work in the blog postings below