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Tour Duration: 20 Days | Tour Price: CAD 2,985.00/person | Tour Season: May - September
Canoeing on the Yukon River

This classic canoe trip down the Yukon from Whitehorse to Dawson City is specially tailored for visitors who like to travel far away from tourist routes, following the trail of the old history.

Special canoeing skills are not required. The tour starts in Whitehorse on the Yukon River with the compass needle set north, and we pass many relicts of the historic gold rush of 1898. The expedition travels over 700 kilometres on this mighty river, exploring several abandoned settlements such as Fort Selkirk, Hootalinqua and Big Salmon Village. Camps are set up on the gravel & sand banks of the mighty river where one can enjoy a refreshing bath in the Yukon.

Black bears are quite common in the Yukon valley and are often seen by our guests. Watch the ridges of the cliffs along the river to spot the busy mammal. Moose are numerous in the forested foothills, and bald eagles nest along the river banks. Beavers are busy getting their winter supplies in, and several times we have seen grizzly bears strolling along the shoreline.

The only major interruption to the rivers smooth journey is the mighty Five Finger Rapids, once a major navigation problem for the large paddle wheelers. Around the camp fire we will hear about the solution found for this problem and some interesting stories about the first river travelers.

At the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike rivers we find the settlement of Dawson City, the famous gold rush town of the Yukon. We stay two days in Dawson, relax in a fine hotel and relive the history of the gold rush and the tales of Jack London and Robert Service.


Day 1: Arrival Whitehorse
Arrive Whitehorse. Transfer to your downtown hotel. This afternoon, you’ll meet your guide and your fellow travellers, and have a chance to pick-up any last minute supplies. Evening free for optional sightseeing and touring. Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse.
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Day 2 - 17: Whitehorse / Yukon River
Your canoe trip starts on the legendary Yukon River. During the next two weeks, we’ll paddle along this wonderful wilderness river passing old trading posts, modern off the grid cabins, and relics of the Gold Rush. The put-in is located at the confluence of the Takhini River and the Yukon River. After just a few minutes on the river, we’ll leave our busy life and civilization behind us. We’ll soon reach Lake Laberge, made famous by Gold Rush poet, Robert Service, in his epic poem, the Cremation of Sam McGee. Service famously changed the name of the lake to “LaBarge” to rhyme with the line “on the marge”. We’ll follow that shoreline of the lake before we reach a stretch of the Yukon River known as the 30 Mile near Hootalinqua, a former trading post and RNWMP station. The 30 Mile current moves fairly quickly and is a prime location for fishing for Arctic grayling or northern pike. This section of the Yukon River is relatively narrow, so the chances of wildlife sightings including black bears and moose at close range, are quite good. We’ll soon pass by the confluences of the Teslin and Big Salmon Rivers and on day 08, we’ll arrive in the First Nations (native) community of Carmacks. The town was originally established when George Carmack, one of the original discoverers of gold at Dawson City.
Shortly after Carmacks we’ll reach the famous Five Finger Rapids, 1 of only 2 rapids on the entire route (together with the Rink Rapids) and the only real hazard to river boats travelling to Dawson during the Gold Rush. 4 large boulders in the river create a series of ‘standing’ waves, but by now, with your paddling techniques honed, you’ll tackle the obstacle without problems. Following the rapids, the river valley widens and high bluffs border the river for long distances. We’ll pass the confluences of several creeks, streams and rivers including the Pelly, White and Stewart Rivers, and encounter several gravel bars and larger islands, which make perfect campsites, as they are flat, open and generally free of bears. One such island is the former Hudson Bay trading post, Fort Selkirk. A territorial park, Fort Selkirk is one of the best preserved examples of old time Yukon. Several of the original buildings have been restored, and a few are being used by people from the Selkirk First Nation.
On Day 17 we’ll reach Dawson City! Located at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, Dawson City is a welcome sight after more than 10 days on the river without seeing a town or village. The afternoon is at leisure and tonight we’ll kick our heels “Klondike” style, just like the gold rushers of 1898! (Day 17 overnight accommodation in Dawson City.)
Day 18: Dawson City
Today, we’ll tour the city including the cabins of Jack London and Robert Service and the Dawson City Museum. Then we’ll travel out to Bonanza Creek where gold was first discovered in 1896, to visit the Discovery Claim and see the impressive Dredge #4 National Historic Site. You will even have a chance to pan for gold yourself and keep all you can find! On the way back to town, we’ll stop in at the Midnight Dome, to enjoy a magnificent view over the city and the Yukon and Klondike River valleys. In the evening we’ll visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s casino for an evening of Can-Can dancing, gambling and lots of good fun! Overnight accommodation in Dawson City.
Day 19: Dawson City - Whitehorse
Today we’ll return to Whitehorse by tour van via the Klondike Highway. The driving time is considerably quicker than the trip by river. We’ll stop at a few scenic locations along the highway, including the incredible Five Finger Rapids overlook. Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse.
Day 20: Departure Whitehorse
Transfer to the airport. End of tour services or join your next tour program.

(As the trip is done in expedition fashion changes in travel itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.)


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Tour Duration

20 Days

Tour Price

Double Room/Tent: CAD 2,985.00
Single Room/Tent: +CAD 565.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

3 - 12 participants per date


A background in camping and paddling is an asset but not necessary. These programs are open to expert and novice paddlers alike.


  • Expert guidance on the entire trip
  • Canoes and camping equipment
  • Overland transportation
  • 2 person tents (15 nights)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Dawson City
  • All meals on canoe trip
  • Historic tour in Dawson City
  • Airport Shuttle in Whitehorse

Not included

  • Meals in hotels
  • Fishing license
  • Personal extras
  • Gratuity



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