Boréale Explorers was born from the idea that a great traveling experience comes from seeing new places through local eyes. To truly experience a new destination, a connection is almost always made when you travel with the people that call this place home. We believe you gain an appreciation for the local culture and stronger memories are made when you are a participant rather than spectator.
We have designed our trips to give our traveling friends a taste of what Yukon lifestyle is like. Yukoners, as we call ourselves, are very connected to the land, are wildly passionate about recreation and living a high quality of life. To us, that is defined by quality time with friends and family with a great emphasis put on outdoor recreation. The description of recreation varies from person to person: Cranberry picking to mountain biking; canoeing to enjoying live music performances. Our trips are tailored to welcome you to our beautiful home – the Yukon!
As you approach the headquarters for Boréale Explorers, you will notice a few subtle differences that set us apart. In place of the usual “Parking Area” sign, you will see “Welcome to Yurtville”. Instead of a paved parking lot, you will find a large bicycle rack. Solar cells indicate our belief in other solutions than traditional energy sources. Our entire operation is as low impact as we can be. In fact, at the end of each season Yurtville is completely dismantled and the property is returned to its natural state.
Sustainability plays an integral role in everything that Team Boréale orchestrates. Right down to the practice of hiring local staff members as we know they contribute to the long term health of the communities we live in. We believe in giving more by using less. And guess what? It really is that simple.
Tread smartly; tread lightly. We welcome you to explore the Yukon with our fantastic team!
What is the group size for a trip with Boréale Explorers?
Maximum group size for a set trip is 6 people per group. If you have more than 6 in your group, please contact us with your details. We maintain a 6:1 client guide ratio, but we are definitely capable of adding multiple guides to one trip.
Do I need to bring any special outdoor gear for the trips?
If your trip includes an activity that requires mandatory safety gear, such as a bike helmet or safety pfd, they will be provided by Boréale Explorers. Otherwise, we recommend that you bring clothing and packs that you would normally use for these activities at home.
What’s the best time of year to come?
Summer activities are best enjoyed from mid-May to mid-September. Our busiest times are June, July and August. We start to feel the change in seasons come the end of August, when fall colours and your chances for northern light spotting increase!
What sort of weather should we expect?
You can expect all kinds of weather from 10°C/50°F to 30°C/85°F and it's likely to be sunny. It never usually rains for long if it does happen to get wet. The nights and mornings are usually cooler and the days are pretty warm around 20°C/68°F, perfect exploring temperatures.
What sort of wildlife might we encounter?
It is possible to encounter black or grizzly bears, coyote, wolf, lynx, caribou, moose… But chances are slim we will see anything. We are lucky to live in a place where animals have freedom to avoid human contact. The Yukon is a huge place – why would they hang out a round us?
How are the bugs/mosquitoes?
The rumours of northern bugs are highly exaggerated, especially in the areas that we will be exploring. We do have bugs in the summer, although you will most likely only notice them at night around 9-11pm.
What kinds of cycling should we expect?
We are all passionate cyclists and our primary goal is to make sure you have a great experience while riding a bike with Boréale! We have approximately 700 kms/500 miles of trails surrounding Whitehorse and there are trails for every skill level, from beginner to advanced. Our cycle half day trips are highlighted with great scenery, historical information and of course a lot of fun!
Where do we stay over night when doing a multi day hotel based package?
We choose our local hotel partners for their comfort and northern hospitality, peppered with a healthy dose of Yukon character! Some of our trips include your hotel accommodations; however, if your trip does not, we would be more than happy to arrange a hotel for your Yukon stay.
I have dietary restrictions. Can you accommodate me?
We have fantastic chefs in our midst and are definitely flexible with our lunch meal. If you do have any dietary restrictions, we ask that you inform us at booking to ensure we have enough time to meet your request. All food is prepared just for you and we promise you won’t go hungry