Yukon River Tour - Part 1

Whitehorse to Carmacks - canoe away from civilization!
Whitehorse to Carmacks, 320 km / 11 days

We follow the historic footprints of the gold seekers and adventures of once and start our canoe trip on the mighty Yukon River in Whitehorse. Away from civilization and in the midst of the wilderness, we follow the old routes of the big Klondike gold rush. From Whitehorse to Carmacks, past abandoned settlements, trapper cabins and old paddle wheelers we enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Yukon. Again and again, we come across remains from the past.

Some of our camps are located at historic sites, for example Lower Laberge, Hootalinqua at the confluence of the Teslin River or Big Salmon Village. A trip to the streamer “SS Evelyn” at Shipyard Island and panning for gold at “Cyr’s gold dredge” puts us back into the gold rush era. With some luck, we will be able to observe bald eagles, beavers, moose and possibly black and grizzly bears at close range.

After passing a few trapper cabins, we arrive at Carmacks, a small village on the Klondike Highway, the end point of our canoe trip.

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 to 10:
We start our canoe trip on the Yukon River in Whitehorse. After a few kilometers, we leave the civilization behind us and for the first time we enjoy nature in its quietness. We setup our first wilderness camp just before Lake Laberge.

The following day, the Yukon River extends into Lake Laberge. At the end of the Lake the story of the gold rush catch up to us. Abandoned settlements are witnesses of the time, when the first gold seekers traveled the River. Old Mountie and telegraph stations, trading and supply posts, remains of old paddle wheelers and sluice boxes accompany us throughout the tour. Some of our camps are in close proximity to these historic sites, allowing plenty of time to explore.

At Little Salmon Village, a Fist Nation fishcamp,  we meet again for the first time civilization. In 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 at our hotel.

Day 11:
Transfer from your hotel to the Whitehorse Airport and say “good bye”.

Services included in price:

  • Whitehorse Airport shuttle
  • 11 days tour from/to Whitehorse
  • English speaking guide
  • Guided tour in small groups from 2 to 12 people
  • All overnight fees (2 x hotel, 8 x camping in tents)
  • Overnight stays in two people Dome Tent incl. Therm-A-Rest mats
  • 9 days guided canoe tour on the Yukon River
  • Canoe for two people incl. 3 paddles, 2 life jackets, bailer and sponge
  • All meals during the canoe 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
Dates: Price: Availability:
02.06.2024 to 12.06.2024 $2,425 CAD guaranteed
07.07.2024 to 17.07.2024 $2,425 CAD available
18.08.2024 to 28.08.2024 $2,425 CAD available

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

All prices are in Canadian dollars plus 5% GST.