Yukon River
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Yukon River Canoe Trip

20 days

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Explore Yukon’s untouched realms and historic landmarks by canoe

Is there a better way to get away from it all then on a canoe, exploring the beauty of Canada’s Northern Yukon Territory? This guided canoe tour is the trip if you want to discover the wild Canadian North.

Discover the Yukon’s rugged outdoors from the water as you canoe far from city life into the depths of the wild on this 20-day tour. Retrace the spots gold seekers travelled as you paddle 730 kilometers along the Yukon River.

This intrepid tandem canoe adventure suits beginners and experts alike. As long as you’re ready for a collection of nights wild camping along the banks of the river, you’ll be okay. Amid the natural escapades, expect to spend some time strolling through the charming towns of Whitehorse, Carmacks, and the gold rush capital, Dawson City. Stamp the beginning, middle, and end of your canoe trip along the Yukon River with relaxing hotel stays.

Highlights of the Yukon River Canoe Trip

Paddle 730 kilometers of the famed Yukon River in a tandem canoe, passing by views exploding with old stories.
Cap each day in the canoe off with evenings sitting around campfires and sharing hot meals with your tour mates.
Stroll through Whitehorse, Carmacks, and Dawson City and get to know the quirks and tales spanning each town.
Visit the gold fields dotting the Gold Bottom Mine, learn how the process works, and give panning for gold a go.

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From $2,675USD
20 days
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Guided
Hotels and camping
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Yukon River Canoe Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Whitehorse

Meet up with your guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Whitehorse. Go over the upcoming journey in detail, check your gear, and have the chance to pick up other necessities.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Whitehorse
Distance: None
Meals: None

Days 2 to 8 Canoeing the Yukon River

Travel to Takhini Bridge, just outside of Whitehorse, for the start of your canoe expedition. Paddle 50 km through Lake Laberge. Try fishing for Northern Pike during breaks. Spend the next few days canoeing along the rocky banks, the narrow “Thirty Mile” channel, by the Hootalinqua trading post, until the Yukon River meets with the Teslin River. Paddle past groves of black spruce forests and by vibrant, magenta fireweeds jetting out of the ground. Spend each night wild camping, letting the hum of nature lull you to sleep.
Overnight Location: Tenting at wilderness campsites
Distance: 6-8 hours of canoeing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Town Break in Carmacks

Once you reach Carmacks, be sure to top up on any personal necessities, take a hot shower, wash your clothes, and relax in the hotel before embarking on the second part of your canoe and camping adventure.
Overnight Location: Campsite in Carmacks
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 9 to 17 Yukon River

Begin the second portion of your canoe exploration with a bang: padding the Five Finger and Rink Rapids. Take a moment to admire the breathtaking scenery as you canoe through this area. Keep in mind that these will be the only rapids on this tour, and with the help of your guide, they won’t be too tough to navigate. Admire how the bluffs stitched across the river only add to the calming hush blanketing the surroundings. Continue to make your way down the remote, off-the-beaten river channel before encountering Fort Selkirk, a long lost trading post that will have you feeling like a magical whirlpool has sent you back in time. Archaeological proof unveils that Fort Selkirk has been around for around 8,000 years. It now acts as a retreat spot for people of the Selkirk First Nation. Spend each night tenting out at wilderness campsites.
Overnight Location: Tenting at wilderness campsites
Distance: 6-8 hours of canoeing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Dawson City

Step out of the unspoiled nature painting Canada’s backyard to the vibrant Dawson City. Stroll among history and notice the restored buildings that once housed and served numerous people during the Klondike Gold Rush. Reward yourself with a relaxing night in a hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Dawson City
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 18 Dawson City

Wake up after a comfortable sleep in a cozy room and get ready for a day of exploring Dawson City and the surrounding area. One of the highlights includes visiting the Gold Bottom Mine, which will unveil the prized gold fields spanning Dawson City. Try panning for some gold. Enjoy a drive up to the Midnight Dome for a breathtaking view of the gold fields, river, the quaint town below while the Ogilvie mountains provide a faded backdrop. Finish the day with a fun evening spent at Diamond Tooth Gerties Dancing Hall.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Dawson City
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 19 Transfer to Whitehorse

Travel back to Whitehorse by van. Stop at the Five Finger Rapids and view them from an alternate vantage point. Arrive in Whitehorse, check into your hotel, and enjoy a group dinner, reminiscing about the adventures over the last 19 days.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Whitehorse
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 20 Farewell

Say your goodbyes and get dropped off at the airport or with a connecting program.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: None

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Yukon River Canoe Trip Price and Dates

This guided canoeing tour in Yukon 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:

May 31, 2022
Jun 19, 2022
From Whitehorse
To Whitehorse
USD$2,675
20 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jun 21, 2022
Jul 10, 2022
From Whitehorse
To Whitehorse
USD$2,675
20 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jul 12, 2022
Jul 31, 2022
From Whitehorse
To Whitehorse
USD$2,675
20 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Aug 02, 2022
Aug 21, 2022
From Whitehorse
To Whitehorse
USD$2,675
20 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Aug 23, 2022
Sep 11, 2022
From Whitehorse
To Whitehorse
USD$2,675
20 days / 5+ Spaces Left

Accommodation on Yukon River Canoe Trip

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 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 15 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 $450 USD 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.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Days Inn in Whitehorse

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

Night 2-7

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.

Night 8

Campground in Carmacks

This comfortable campground near Carmacks offers the amenities that you won’t find in the wilderness -showers and even the laundry!

Night 9-16

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.

Downtown Hotel in Dawson City

This hotel has a great balance of the century-old atmosphere and modern conveniences. Also, the location is excellent!

Days Inn in Whitehorse

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

What’s included in the Yukon River Canoe Trip?

Meals

14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners. Meals in the hotels are not included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 19 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 (except the sleeping bag and mat)
  • Tour through Dawson City
  • All taxes

Not included

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

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Dawson City before or after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Yukon River Canoe Trip

Ruby Range Adventure has been guiding visitors to the Yukon and Alaska for over 30 years. They are a Yukon-based wilderness tour operator providing an unmatched experience and a genuine love of the North in every trip they lead.

Ruby Range’s guides are qualified to lead guests into the deepest wilderness and knowledgeable enough to explain the rich history of the communities that dot the landscape.

They recognize that their livelihood is based on the environment, so they work to protect the balance between man and nature by limiting group size and choosing eco-conscious excursions.

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Yukon River Canoe Trip in Canada Map

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Is this tour for me?

This tour is rated as 2 / 5. It’s not necessary to have canoe experience to take part on this tour along the Yukon River. However, it’s important to be prepared to camp in the wild for 15 nights. You should also be comfortable in the water, and a competent swimmer.

Local Guide

Stephan, Ruby Range Adventure
Stephan
Whitehorse, Yukon

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