Yukon River Canoe Adventure
During this Yukon River canoe trip you will retrace part of the Klondike Gold Rush route of 1898. Reminders of Yukon’s gold rush can be seen all along the Yukon River. You will camp on the banks of the Yukon River in authentic northern wilderness and explore the gold rush relics on the way. But more than history thrives along this river. Watch the shores for wolves, moose, and bears. Look at the sky for bald eagles, falcons, and hawks. Watch the waters, too. They are home to the iconic Canadian beaver, otters, muskrats, and arctic grayling and also to a world‐famous salmon run. If you are looking for a river that has it all, you can’t do better than the Yukon River It’s one of the longest in North America, the longest in the territory, and has the history of the Klondike gold rush. You don’t have to be an expert paddler to enjoy a trip down the Yukon River.
On this canoe trip with your experienced guide you will experience everything the Yukon River has to offer, from historic sites and wildlife sightings, to wilderness camping and delicious food cooked and served on the bank of the Yukon River. Join us on this Yukon River canoe trip and paddle through Gold Rush history.
- Experience the great outdoors and look for wildlife as you paddle your own canoe through Gold rush history
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Yukon River Canoe Adventure
Day 1 : UK-Whitehorse
Welcome to Whitehorse! Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your downtown hotel. In the afternoon, there will be time for an orientation, gear check, and a chance to pick up any last-minute supplies. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Day 2-8 : Yukon River Canoe Tour
Our canoe trip starts with a transfer to the legendary Yukon River. The river’s name means “great river” and thus it is very well named. It travels more than 3000km from its source lakes south of Whitehorse, to the Bering Sea. During the next seven wonderful days, we’ll paddle over 300km on this great river to roam the Yukon wilderness.
Our first day of paddling brings us 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 some great scenery, good fishing, and brings us to some interesting historical sites including the old trading post of Hootalinqua and RNWMP outpost. As we continue along, we’ll reach the confluences of the Teslin and Big Salmon Rivers; wildlife, including black bears and moose, is often spotted along the shorelines. Overnight accommodation at wilderness campsites.
Day 8 : Arrive Carmacks; travel to Whitehorse
After a week on the river, with very few signs of civilization, we arrive at the small native village of Carmacks, which was founded by Klondike Goldrush co-discoverer, George Carmack. You’ll have time to grab the first meal not-prepared by yourself in more than a week, before saying goodbye to your canoe adventure on the river. You’ll return to Whitehorse by road, a journey of just under three hours and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.
Day 9 : Whitehorse
A free day to explore Whitehorse. Perhaps kick off your day at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. This award-winning building celebrates the heritage, culture and contemporary way of life of the Kwanlin Dün citizens. Then wander along the riverside trail to the MacBride Museum and uncover the Yukon’s history before walking over to the S.S. Klondike for a self-guided tour. Maybe head over to LePage Park for a free lunchtime concert and then spend some time gallery hopping. The artists’ co-op, Yukon Artists @ Work, was named one of the top 10 hidden gems in Canada by TripAdvisor and is a great place to find unique fine art pieces.
Maybe hop in a car and drive out to Miles Canyon and then to the Beringia Interpretive Centre, where you can come face to face with a woolly mammoth. Next door, the fascinating Yukon Transportation Museum is home to the world’s largest weathervane, an old Douglas DC-3. Fancy some live entertainment? There’s always something happening around town. Pick up a copy of What’s Up Yukon and relax in a local bar or restaurant while listening to some live music
Day 10-11 : Whitehorse-UK
Make your way to the airport in time to check-in for your homeward flight