Big Salmon River Tour

Experience the wilderness up close!

Quiet Lake to Carmacks, 354 km / 15 days

The Big Salmon River is one of the most beautiful wilderness rivers in the Yukon Territory. Surrounded by the Pelly Mountains and the Big Salmon Range, the narrow river winds its way through one of the most charming landscapes of the Yukon Territory, until it flows into the Yukon River close to the town of Carmacks.

The Big Salmon River holds many surprises for wilderness enthusiasts and experienced canoeists alike. Accompanied by our experienced guides, paddlers with intermediate skills can also master this river with its natural challenges like sweepers and fast moving water.

In August the glass-clear water allows us to observe the King Salmon, as they pass by our canoes, migrating to their spawning grounds. An unbelievable opportunity for the wildlife photographer!

Day 1:
Your guide will greet you at the Whitehorse Airport and transfer you to your hotel. After the check-in we will meet for a tour briefing and discuss your trip details and answer all of your questions.

Day 2:
We pick you up at the hotel and drive along the Alaska Highway past Johnson’s Crossing and later on the scenic South Canol Road to our entry point on Quiet Lake. On this approximately 230 km long drive, you get a first feeling for the vastness of the Yukon. Here, away from civilization, our canoe trip begins on the Big Salmon River. The short chain of lakes, which we cross at the beginning gives us an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the canoes.

Day 3 to 14:
After we have left the lakes behind, we reach the Big Salmon River. In the upper part of the narrow and winding river, we are challenged by several log jams. Depending on the water level, these can be easily portaged.

Here in the crystal clear water we can observe the King Salmon on the way to their spawning grounds, from the canoe. Fishing enthusiast can now truly enjoy their passion. Continuing  down the river, the narrow curves diminish, the Big Salmon River broadens and we have enough time to enjoy the wilderness in its beautiful natural landscape.

Shortly after the South and the North Fork flows into the Big Salmon River, we reach the historic Yukon River. Here we will see traces of the Klondike Gold Rush, the historic settlement – Big Salmon Village. During the next three days on the Yukon River, we see more often the remains of old log cabins and former trade stations.

At “Cyr’s gold dredge”, we stop for a lunch break and try to pan for some gold flakes. The river bank glimmers like gold in this area – usually pyrite, also known as fools gold.

At Little Salmon Village, a Fist Nation fishcamp,  we meet again for the first time civilization. The next two days we will reach Carmacks, the end point of our canoe trip. After loading the boats on the trailer we will drive over the Klondike Highway back to Whitehorse.
Arriving in Whitehorse we check in for the last night in our hotel.

Day 15:
Transfer from your hotel to the Whitehorse Airport and say “good bye”.

What is included:

  • Whitehorse Airport shuttle
  • 15 days tour from/to Whitehorse
  • English speaking guide
  • Guided tour in small groups from 2 to 12 people
  • All overnight fees (2 x hotel, 12 x camping in tents)
  • Overnight stays in two people Dome Tent incl. Therm-A-Rest mats
  • Full camping and outdoor equipment is provided
  • 13 days guided canoe trip on the Big Salmon and Yukon River
  • Canoe for two people incl. 3 paddles, 2 life jackets, sponge and bailer
  • All meals during the tour
  • All transportations
  • Emergency equipment including Satellite communication

Not Included:

  • Air fare to/from Whitehorse
  • All hotel meals and during the transportation
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Sleeping bag
  • Fishing License
  • Travel and cancellation Insurance
Date: Price: Availability:
14.07.2024 to 28.07.2024 $2675 CAD available
06.08.2024 to 20.08.2024 $2675 CAD guaranteed

Single room supplement: $225.00 CAD
Single tent supplement: $125.00 CAD

All prices are in Canadian dollars plus 5% GST.