Yukon Canoe Adventure

In one word, the Yukon Territory is extraordinary! On this eight day canoeing trip you'll explore the very best of Canada in a truly unique way. Departing Whitehorse with the compass needle set north, you travel over 320km on the Yukon River exploring several abandoned settlements including Hootalinqua and Big Salmon Village. Black Bear, moose and beaver sightings are common in the Yukon Valley, both from the river and on hikes in the forested foothills. Share stories around the camp fire and listen to historical information from your guides about the infamous Gold Rush, in this area of outstanding beauty. This unique and special tour is one not to be missed!

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure:
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: YRA/208607
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Whitehorse, Canada
  • Finishes: Whitehorse, Canada
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Whitehorse
  • Yukon Territory
  • Carmacks



Day 1: Whitehorse

Your tour begins in the Yukon Territory city of Whitehorse. Surrounded by pristine lakes, mountains and the Yukon River, there's no surprise Whitehorse is known as the `Wilderness City'. With a vibrant urban lifestyle, this Yukon city offers the best of both worlds to anyone who ventures this far. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs where you'll meet your guides and fellow travellers. Your guide will run through your equipment with you and you'll have a chance to pick up any missing items. This evening is free to explore as you wish.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 2-8: Yukon Territory

The Yukon was firmly placed on the map after the discovery of gold on August 16th, 1896 which sparked a migration of over 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in Northwestern Canada between 1896 and 1899. When news of the Klondike Gold Rush, also called the Yukon Gold Rush, reached Seattle and San Francisco it sparked a massive influx of potential prospectors. The journey proved tough with only about 40,000 arriving. Naturally some made claims and became wealthy however, the clear majority left empty handed and many died. The Klondike Gold Rush ended in 1899 after gold was discovered in Nome (Alaska), prompting an exodus from the Klondike.With the prospectors long departed, you'll escape into the Yukon wilderness without the herds. The stunning scenery and tough environment will help paint a picture of what prospectors went through upon arriving to seek their fortune. Your canoe trip starts with a transfer to the legendary Yukon River - meaning `Great River'. The river travels more than 3,000km from its source south of Whitehorse, to the Bering Sea. During the next seven wonderful days, you'll paddle over 300km on this great river to roam the Yukon wilderness. Your first day of paddling brings you to Lake Laberge which requires some shoreline paddling. The reward is some wonderful paddling along the 30 mile section of the river, a narrow, winding stretch that provides incredible scenery, excellent fishing (optional permits purchased prior to departure) and brings you to some interesting historical sites, including the old trading post of Hootalinqua and RNWMP outpost. As you travel through the wilderness, you'll reach the confluences of the Teslin and Big Salmon River where wildlife, including Black Bear and moose are often spotted along the shorelines.

Meals Included: Breakfast (x5), lunch (x6), dinner (x6) included


Day 8: Carmacks - Whitehorse

After a week in the Yukon wilderness with very few signs of people and civilisation, you arrive at the small native village of Carmacks, which was founded by Klondike Goldrush co-discoverer, George Carmack. Here you can enjoy the luxury of eating a meal lovingly prepared for you and your group, before saying goodbye to the canoes which have been your catalyst for this incredible exploration. You return to Whitehorse by road, a journey of just under three hours where this magnificent journey comes to an end.The tour should end this afternoon at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Meals Included: Breakfast included

  • Services of professional guides
  • All transportation by private vehicle to and from Whitehorse, 2 person canoe
  • Accommodation: Camping 6, Hotel: 1
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the Yukon Territory by canoe
  • Camp on the banks of the Yukon River
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities including Black Bears, moose, beavers and Bald Eagles
  • Explore the town of Whitehorse