Tagish Wilderness Lodge
Tagish Lake, Yukon
At a Glance
'Away from it' lodge only accessible by boat or float plane
Rustic log cabin accommodation nestled into lush woodland
Intimate experience with a maximum of 8 guests
Easily accessible from Whitehorse, yet a world away from city life
Perfect for winter activities, summer relaxation and Northern Lights viewing
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Tagish Wilderness Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Yukon
Nestled into pine forests close to edge of Tagish Lake, Tagish Wilderness Lodge brings guests back to the wondrous natural environment in a pristine wilderness.
There are no roads in to the lodge so guests arrive in true wilderness style either by boat or by float plane in summer or even more adventurously, by ski plane or dog sled in winter. Your arrival ensures you know what a special place this is. Away from the hubbub of normal every day life, this tranquil spot takes in the essence of Yukon wilderness life yet still ensures a little of the creature comforts of home.
In keeping with the wilderness experience, the log cabin accommodations are comfortable although the decoration is rustic and simple. There is a warming log burner and fresh linens and towels. There is a chemical toilet in each cabin although showers are communal and are to be found a few seconds walk away in the main lodge. Each cabin is nestled into the pine forest to afford privacy and peace for its occupants.
The main lodge is the heart of each stay where guests can get together and enjoy a social meal or drink together. There is a relaxed lounge area with books to pour over and relax with. On summer evenings a barbecue is often arranged where guests can enjoy a glass of wine around a sparkling camp fire and enjoy the light bright evenings, especially during mid summer when the sun barely dips under the horizon.
Many guests head to Tagish for the activities on offer. Embracing the outdoors, there are hikes, boat trips and fantastic nearby fishing spots where guests can try their hand at fly fishing, casting or trolling. Whether you are a proficient or a beginner, the boats will take you to the right place. Take a canoe or kayak and paddle along the lake, stopping for a picnic lunch in a secluded bay or join an interpretive nature walk and learn all about the local ecosystem or hike a mountains for breath taking views over toward the headwaters that form the Yukon River.
As the days get cooler and the nights draw in, Tagish becomes a prime viewing spot for the Northern Lights. On clear nights, they can often be found dancing across the dark skies. In the winter, the lodge comes alive for winter activities with snow shoeing, snowmobiling on frozen lakes and up mountains with lunch at a trappers camp or a dog sled tour with a team of lovable huskies. Or simply sit and enjoy the quiet solitude of the snowy landscape from the comfort or your snug cabin. A stay here truly does conjure a winter wonderland.
The lodge offers just four cosy private log cabins nestled into the vast spruce forest.
Each features a spacious interior for 2 with a queen bed or two single beds. An additional bed can sometimes be provided if required.
A cast iron wood stove, solar light, log-built beds with cuddly down filled duvets, and a separate toilet (chemical) and washing facility are among the amenities you find in each of them.
There are two further traditional outdoor toilets (outhouses) that are also available. Bathrooms and showers are located in the main building, none of the rooms are en-suite.
Children are welcome to come and stay upon request. However, please note that there is no entertainment provided for them and therefore they must be happy to enjoy this special place and the outdoors as it is.
The main lodge is the heart of the property where guests can gather and share stories over dinner or whilst nestled into comfortable sofas. There is a living / dining room, a satellite TV and DVD player, wireless internet and a selection of interesting books to enjoy.
There is also a wood heated sauna and indoor whirlpool / hot tub. The deck and lake (when frozen) are perfect for enjoying the star filled skies or Northern Lights spectacle from.
All meals are included in your stay and herbs from the boreal forest, veggies from the garden and crunchy homemade bread right out of the oven are all part of the hearty fare on offer. In summer, sumptuous lake shore picnic lunches are prepared and during the winter a hot and hearty Trapper picnic is included to be enjoyed by a roaring camp fire.
Tagish offers a wealth of wilderness experiences. Take a panoramic hike or an interpretive nature walk or paddle along the shores of Tagish Lake by canoe! Fishing trips in one of Yukon's richest fishing grounds are possible and in the winter, let your dog team take you on an exhilarating trip on the frozen lake! In summer, explore historic sites of the Gold rush time and observe local wildlife like moose, bears or cariboos in their natural habitat. Enjoy guided hikes and boat trips and lunch in a peaceful spot.
In winter the lodge really comes into its own with dog sledding, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and even skijooring all part of the snowy fun. Of course, from September to April there is also a great chance of viewing the spectacular Northern Lights on dark clear nights.
Location & Directions
Tagish Lake, Yukon
Tagish Wilderness Lodge is located on Tagish Lake in the Southeast of the Yukon Territory.
When to go
Yukon is accessible year round, however, has extreme temperature and experience differentials depending on the time of year. The summer season is from mid June until early September when the days are often warm and sunny with plenty of daylight. The winter season starts with the first snowfalls in late October and stretches all the way through until April. This is the best time for Northern Lights viewing and winter activities such as dog mushing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. From November to January days are particularly short with as little as 4-5 hours daylight in December. March is brighter and warmer so ideal for snow activities. We would not recommend self driving during the winter season unless guests are confident in sometimes extreme winter conditions
Tagish Wilderness Lodge is not open all year round. Summer season is from June to September when it is possible to arrive by boat or seaplane. From October, as it gets colder the "freeze up" period starts. This is when it is no longer possible to arrive by boat, helicopter is the only option until mid January when the lake is fully frozen and ski plane flights can commence. This is also when the winter activities start with snow mobiling and into February, dog mushing as well. It is a short window of time as the "break up" of winter starts in mid April. The lodge is closed from then until June