Big Salmon River Canoe Tour

Big Salmon River

Big Salmon River Canoe Tour

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From $2,350USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Camping

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Highlights

Spend 15 days discovering the Yukon's remote unspoiled wilderness by canoe with a guide

Get to know the complexities, the unmatched beauty of Canada’s sprawling wild as you canoe the ever-so remote Big Salmon River.

Spend 12 nights away from civilization, chatting and sharing meals with your tour mates over a campfire.

Watch out for the wildlife dotting the banks of the Big Salmon River, such as bears, Dall sheep, and beavers.

Stretch your legs and venture on a hike, one that leads to a breathtaking panoramic view, partway through your canoe expedition.

Is there anything more spectacular than spending time in Canada’s far north, away from the stresses over everyday life? This 12-day canoe tour allows you to marvel at this beautiful part of the Yukon.

Escape the hustle and bustle and immerse in the captivating, unruly wilderness decorating the banks and beyond of the Big Salmon River. Travel by canoe, paddling deep into the wild, as you discover a quiet hush with faint echoes of rustling bushes as the animals—bears, beavers, Dall sheep—meander through their natural habitat.

Amid the clear water, a collection of fish—pike, grayling, trout—swim below and beyond your canoe. While glimpses of the gold rush past sprinkle this 15-day adventure, you’ll mostly encounter a natural haven, enveloped by unspoiled tranquility.

Big Salmon River Canoe Tour

Day 1 Whitehorse

Meet up with your guide in Whitehorse before transferring to your hotel. Discuss the upcoming paddling adventure with your guide in the afternoon. Go out and buy any last-minute items. Spend the night relaxing before your 15-day expedition in a hotel in Whitehorse.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Whitehorse
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Start your Yukon Canoe Adventure

Get ready for your first day of paddling! Begin with an early departure from Whitehorse and travel along the Alaska Highway to South Canol Road. You may notice remnants of war relics en route. Arrive in Quiet Lake, where you will commence your paddling adventure into the depths of the wild. Here, you’ll have the chance to get your body in the canoeing groove before setting up camp at a wilderness campsite (location dependent on time).

Overnight Location
Wilderness campsite
Distance
6-8 hours of canoeing
Meals
Lunch, Dinner

Days 3 to 14 Big Salmon River

The next 12 days will have you paddling the Big Salmon River, a remote river cradled by forested banks and staggering hills. Ease your body into the trip by paddling through lakes and streams at the beginning. This slow start grants you the chance to perfect your stroke before the class II rapids hit. Your guide will explain how to paddle through this exhilarating, memorable part of your journey. As the trip continues and when the river narrows, watch out for wildlife dotting the banks. At one point, the opportunity may arise to stretch your legs and trek to a viewpoint that unveils a stunning vista of the untouched landscapes sprawling below. Look out for Dall sheep peppering the mountains. Eventually, the Big Salmon River connects with the Yukon River. Enjoy the last stretch along this iconic river before reaching Carmacks, a quaint village. Spend each night on this canoe trip camping out at wilderness campsites.

Overnight Location
Wilderness campsite
Distance
6-8 hours of canoeing
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Transfer back to Whitehorse

Step out of your canoe, stretch, and travel for two hours to Whitehorse. Enjoy an evening relaxing, taking a hot shower, and exploring Whitehorse. Keep in mind that you may arrive in Carmacks during the evening of Day 13, so be prepared to go with the flow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Whitehorse
Distance
6-8 hours of canoeing
Meals
Breakfast

Day 15 Depart Whitehorse

Say goodbye and get dropped off at either the airport or with your additional program.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
None

Big Salmon River Canoe Tour Price and Dates

This guided canoeing tour to Yukon wilderness is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you).

Prices below are per person:

StartFinishDurationPlaces LeftPrice

2023-05-28

Whitehorse

15 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-06-11

Whitehorse

155+
$2,350USDBook Now
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2023-07-09

Whitehorse

15 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-07-23

Whitehorse

155+
$2,350USDBook Now
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2023-08-20

Whitehorse

15 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-09-03

Whitehorse

155+
$2,350USDBook Now
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Accommodation on Big Salmon River Canoe Tour

This tour will have you staying in a combination of hotels and campsites. Expect to stay in two or three-star hotels, which come equipped with necessary, comfortable amenities. Keep in mind that you are solo traveler, you will stay with another member of the tour in a room at the hotels. Feel free to upgrade to single occupancy for an additional fee.

Throughout your canoe trip, you will spend 12 nights wild camping in a shared tent. You can always upgrade to a single tent for an additional fee.

Please note that the hotels listed below may need to be swapped for other similar accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $275USD to have a private room in a hotel and a private tent when travelling with your group. Travelling alone? Don’t worry. It’s definitely possible to match single travelers up.

Days Inn in Whitehorse

This simple, yet comfortable hotel has all the amenities needed to make your stay in Whitehorse relaxing and memorable.

Night 2-14

Wilderness Campsites

Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes as you camp out beneath the stars. High-quality equipment and expert guides offer a wonderful camping experience.

Days Inn in Whitehorse

This simple, yet comfortable hotel has all the amenities needed to make your stay in Whitehorse relaxing and memorable.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Big Salmon River Canoe Tour?

Meals

12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners. Meals in hotels are not included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 14 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your gear is included from pick-up at the airport in Whitehorse to drop-off at the airport in Whitehorse or at your next tour connection.

Also Included

  • An expert guide throughout the entire trip
  • Camping and canoe equipment rental (except of sleeping bag and mat)

Not included

  • Flights to and from Whitehorse
  • Meals in hotels
  • Personal necessities
  • Optional tour guide gratuity
  • Fishing license
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax) - 5%

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Whitehorse before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Big Salmon River Canoe Tour

How hard is the Big Salmon River Canoe Tour?

This tour is rated as a 3 / 5. This journey is for paddlers with some experience. If you are unsure, please contact us. You should be comfortable in the water, and keep in mind that you will encounter class II rapids on your expedition. Be prepared to camp for 12 nights in the wild.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Canada?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

How big is the group for this tour?

The groups for this tour are typically 5-10 participants.

Are meals included on the Big Salmon River Canoe Tour?

12 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners are included. Meals in hotels are not included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Whitehorse to start this tour?

You can take a flight to the international airport in Whitehorse, Canada.

Can I rent a sleeping bag and mat for this tour?

Yes! However, the number of sleeping bags and mats for rent is very limited, therefore make sure to contact us a long time in advance.

Is the Big Salmon River Canoe Tour in English?

Yes, the tour is in English.

Where does the Big Salmon River Canoe Tour end?

The tour ends in Whitehorse.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Canada?

Check with your family doctor.

Do I need to tip my tour guides?

Tipping in Canada is customary, but much appreciated. Ideally, you should tip each guide 5-10 CAD per day (from one person) for an excellent service.

When is the best time to travel to Yukon for this tour?

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Tour Difficulty

This tour is rated as a 3 / 5. This journey is for paddlers with some experience. If you are unsure, please contact us. You should be comfortable in the water, and keep in mind that you will encounter class II rapids on your expedition. Be prepared to camp for 12 nights in the wild.


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