For the beginning paddler, The Big Salmon is a magic combination: a truly wild and scenic Yukon river that is accessible to beginners. The Big Salmon is reachable by gravel road, which avoids an expensive charter flight, but it’s also remote, seeing only a handful of paddlers each year. It’s winding, narrow, and offers a some exciting wave trains and eddies to play on, but the difficulties can be avoided and are suitable for beginners. Like much of Yukon, the river has its gold rush history, but today it remains in a pristine natural state, teeming populations of moose, Dall sheep, bears and beaver. The water is clear and cold. For the fisherman, this is an ideal chance to catch trout, grayling, pike and, if we’re lucky, migrating salmon in the fall.

The tour finishes on the Yukon River at the town of Carmacks, where a shuttle will be waiting for the return to Whitehorse. This is one of our favourite tours, highly recommended for travellers who want to step off the beaten track.