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8 days departing WHITEHORSE May-Aug from £839

Canada | Camping


In one word, the Yukon Territory is epic! On this 8 day canoeing trip you explore the very best of Canada in a very unique way. Departing Whitehorse with the compass needle set north you travel over 320km on the Yukon River exploring several abandoned settlements such as Hootalinqua and Big Salmon Village. Black bear, moose and beaver sightings are common in the Yukon Valley both from the river and on hikes in the forested foothills. Share stories around the camp fire and listen to historical information from your guides about the infamous gold rush, in this area of outstanding beauty. This unique tour is one not to be missed!

Prices are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote. Price of tour vary depending on date of departure. If you require further information please fill in the Query form below, also detailing the dates you would like to depart.

Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 1800 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1: Whitehorse

Your tour begins in the Yukon Territory city of Whitehorse where you make your own way to the hotel which is conveniently located downtown. In the evening at approximately 18:00 you enjoy a pre departure meeting and the chance to meet your guides and fellow travellers. Your guide will run through your equipment and you'll have a chance to pick-up any missing items. The evening is free for optional sightseeing and shopping. Surrounded by pristine lakes, mountains and the Yukon River, there is no surprise why Whitehorse is known as `The Wilderness City'. With a vibrant urban lifestyle, this Yukon city offers the best of both worlds to anyone who ventures this far. Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals paid locally


Day 2-8: Yukon River Canoe Tour

The Yukon was firmly placed on the map after the discovery of gold on August 16th, 1896 which sparked a migration of over 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899. When news of the Klondike Gold Rush, also called the Yukon Gold Rush reached Seattle and San Francisco it sparked a massive influx of potential prospectors. The journey proved tough with only about 40,000 arriving. Naturally some made claims and became wealthy however, the vast majority left empty handed and many died. The Klondike Gold Rush ended in 1899 after gold was discovered in Nome (Alaska), prompting an exodus from the Klondike. With the protestors long since departed you can escape into the wilderness of the Yukon without the herds, and the stunning scenery and tough environment will help paint a picture of what prospectors went through upon arriving to seek their fortune. Your canoe trip starts with a transfer to the legendary Yukon River - meaning "Great River". It travels more than 3000km from its source lakes south of Whitehorse, to the Bering Sea. During the next seven wonderful days, you'll paddle over 300km on this great river to roam the Yukon wilderness. Your first day of paddling brings you 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 incredible scenery, excellent fishing (optional permits purchased prior to departure) and brings you to some interesting historical sites including the old trading post of Hootalinqua and RNWMP outpost. As you travel through the wilderness and reach the confluences of the Teslin and Big Salmon Rivers; wildlife, including black bears and moose are often spotted along the shorelines.


Day 8: Carmacks

After a week in the Yukon wilderness with very few signs of people and civilisation, you arrive to the small native village of Carmacks, which was founded by Klondike Goldrush co-discoverer, George Carmack. Here you can enjoy the luxury of eating a meal lovingly prepared for you and your group, before saying goodbye to the canoes which have been your catalyst for this incredible exploration. You return to Whitehorse by road, a journey of just under 3 hours and should arrive back into Whitehorse where this magnificent tour comes to an end. The tour will end this afternoon at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Included Highlights

Explore the Yukon Territory by canoe

Enjoy guided nature walks

Camp on the banks of the Yukon River

Wildlife spotting opportunities including black bear, moose, beaver and bald eagles

Explore the town of Whitehorse



Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  6 nights camping & 1 hotel night.

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle to and from Whitehorse, 2 person canoe

Meals:  All meals included whilst canoeing

Guided:  Services of professional guides

Group size:  Maximum 12

Age range:  16+

Wifi:  Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users)

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Fishing plus permit (must book on day 1) CAD$25

A 10% deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure



Travel Insurance


Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

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