Canoe Trips on the Yukon River

Three different canoe trips on the Yukon River: from Lake Laberge to Dawson City, or from Lake Laberge to Carmacks, or from Carmacks to Dawson City.

Tour YK, 11, 14 or 22 days

During this tour you follow historic footprints of the "Old-timers" who were searching for gold and adventures. You start your canoe adventure on the mighty Yukon River north of Whitehorse. Away from civilization and emerged in wilderness you are reliving the Klondike Gold Rush trail. From Whitehorse to Dawson City you're passing abandoned settlements, trapper cabins and old paddle-wheelers. Again and again you find remains as testimony of past times.



Lake Laberge to Dawson

What's Included — 22 day trip:

Airport transfers, transportation in minibus, 2 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse, other nights in spacious tents (2 pers./tent), all meals during canoe tour, 2-person canoes with necessary safety equipment, camping equipment (except sleeping bag), Thermarest mattress, water resistant canoe bags in various sizes, historic tour of Dawson City, services of a guide.

Not included:

Personal equipment, meals in the hotels and during transportation, fishing license, sleeping bag.

Demands:

These guided canoe trips are suitable for beginners.
 
First meeting: 17:00 in the hotel
 

Schedule 2017:

Tour YK - Laberge to Dawson
04.06 - 25.06
25.06 - 16.07
16.07 - 06.08
06.08 - 27.08
Price: CDN$ 2870.00/pers.
incl. taxes
sharing hotels and tent
Single room and tent: $195.00


Tour Details

22 days from Lake Laberge to Dawson City

You paddle 720 km (447 mi) in 17 days. Pick up and drop off in Whitehorse


Day 1: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Your guide greets you at the Whitehorse Airport and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon there is time for you to go shopping- and sightseeing. In the evening  the group gathers to discuss tour details.

  Days 2 to 10: Yukon River
You start the canoeing adventure on the Yukon River at the mouth of the Takini north of Whitehorse. After a few hours the Yukon flows into Lake Laberge. When you reach the end of Lake Laberge history is catching  up: Abandoned settlements are witnesses of the time when the first gold seekers travelled the River. Old Mounties- and telegraph stations, trading posts and supply stations, remains of old paddle wheelers and sluice boxes are company on this trip. Some of the camps are located close to these historic sites and you have lots of time to explore. After passing a few trapper cabins you reach Carmacks, a small community on the Klondike Highway. This is the half -way- point.

Days 11 to 17: Yukon River
The second part of the trip leads again past old settlements, trapper cabins and trading post stations for the paddle wheelers. Your guide can tell stories at the camp fires about the old days and the new days of the gold rush.

A tour highlight is the camp at the remote Fort Selkirk at the confluence from the Pelly in the Yukon River. A visit of  the settlement gives a  good impression of the pioneer life during the middle of the last century until the settlement was abandoned in the 1950s.

After the confluence with the White Rivers the current of the Yukon River flows much faster. The breathtaking White River valley shows the endless spread of the land.

Now the Yukon is a wide stream with multiple arms and channels and hundreds of big and small islands. You have the opportunity to explore some of the smaller channels and have the chance to see some wildlife close by.

   

Day 18: Dawson City
After 17 days on the Yukon River  the first signs of modern gold mining techniques, a sign that you have reached the Klondike goldfields. By afternoon you are in Dawson City. Three nights on the Dawson City Campground.

Day 19: Dawson City
You start the day with a sightseeing tour through Dawson City. A drive to the "Midnight Dome" allows an overview of Dawson and the surrounding area. The rest of the day is free to explore the historic buildings of Dawson City. Suggested are visits of the gold digger museum and the original cabin of Jack London.  The nightlife of Dawson is the legendary Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino with its Can Can Show.

Day 20: Dawson City
A drive to Hunker Creek to visit the Goldbottom mine. A guided tour through this active mine shows you the effort needed to extract the gold from the frozen ground. You can step into the creek and try to uncover some gold nuggests of our own.  You also see "Dredge No.4" and drive through the discovery claim in the Bonanza Creek area. This is  where Skookum Jim, Tagish Charlie and George Carmack found the first gold on August 17th 1896 and staked the first claim. The beginning of the big goldrush.

Day 21: Whitehorse
Via the Klondike Highway you travel south and back to Whitehorse for a last night in a hotel.

Day 22: Transfer to the Whitehorse airport




  • Fully outfitted canoe trip in 2-person open Canadian canoes
  • Goldrush history of the Yukon and Dawson City
  • Abandoned log cabins and relics
  • Easy paddle days without stress
  • Camp fires in the wilderness
  • No portages
  • Eagles, bears, moose and other animals

 
   

This trip can also be paddled in two separate sections:

11 days between Lake Laberge and Carmacks and a 14 day trip between Carmacks and Dawson City.

Lake Laberge to Carmacks

What's Included — 11 day trip:

Airport transfers, transportation in minibus, 2 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse, other nights in spacious tents (2 pers./tent), all meals during canoe tour, 2-person canoes with necessary safety equipment, camping equipment (except sleeping bag), Thermarest mattress, services of a guide.

Not included:

Personal equipment, meals in the hotels and during transportation, fishing license, sleeping bag.

Demands:

These guided canoe trips are suitable for beginners.
 
First meeting: 17:00 in the hotel
 

Schedule 2017:

Tour YK - Laberge to Dawson
04.06 - 14.06
25.06 - 05.07
16.07 - 26.07
06.08 - 16.08
Price: CDN$ 1945.00/pers.
incl. 2.5% taxes
sharing hotels and tent
Single room and tent: $195.00


Tour Details

11 days from Lake Laberge to Carmacks

This is a 320 km (198 mi) seven day long guided canoe trip down the Yukon River. Pick up and drop off in Whitehorse.

 
Day 1: Whitehorse
Arrival in Whitehorse, meeting with the guide. Overnight in hotel.

Days 2 - 9: Yukon River
Start of this exciting canoe tour in Whitehorse down the Yukon River. You travel for 7 days over 320 kilometres down the river and through Lake Laberge to the small town of Carmacks.

Day 10: Whitehorse
Early morning the drive via the Klondike Highway back to Whitehorse. There is enough time for several photo stops, such as the lovingly restored Moose Creek Lodge, the Five Finger Rapids as well as the Braeburn Lodge. Arriving in Whitehorse, you check into your hotel for the last night.

Day 11: Transfer to airport or connecting program.



Carmacks to Dawson City

What's Included — 14 day trip:

Airport transfers, transportation in minibus, 2 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse, other nights in spacious tents (2 pers./tent), all meals during canoe tour, 2-person canoes with necessary safety equipment, camping equipment (except sleeping bag), Thermarest mattress, services of a guide.

Not included:

Personal equipment, meals in the hotels and during transportation, fishing license, sleeping bag.

Demands:

These guided canoe trips are suitable for beginners.
 
First meeting: 17:00 in the hotel
 

Schedule 2017:

Tour YK - Laberge to Dawson
12.06 - 25.06
03.07 - 16.07
24.07 - 06.08
14.08 - 27.08
Price: CDN$ 2150.00/pers.
incl. 2.5% taxes sharing hotels and tent
Single room and tent: $195.00


Tour Details

14 days from Carmacks to Dawson City

You paddle the 420 km (261 mi) stretch down the Yukon in nine days. Pick up and drop off in Whitehorse.


Day 1: Whitehorse
Your guide will greet you at the Whitehorse Airport and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon there is time for you to go shopping- and sightseeing. In the evening the group gathers to discuss tour details.

  Days 2 to 9: Yukon River
Down the mighty river for the next 9 days, travelling over 400 kilometres, setting up camps along the shores, exploring historic sites and places for the gold rush days.

Days 10 and 12: Dawson City
Late afternoon arrival in Dawson City, the historic gold town and home of many old legends. A visit to the Jack London and Robert Service cabins, the theater and the Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall are on the program. A highlight is the drive into Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks where you visit an active gold mine. Three nights on the Yukon River Campground in Dawson City.

Day 13: Whitehorse
Via the Klondike Highway south and back to Whitehorse for a last night in a hotel.

Day 14:
Transfer to the Whitehorse airport or connecting program.


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What People are Saying
Very good. The perfect mix of adventure, beginner material and lots of fun. The guides were incredibly nice and helpful, the food was amazing for camp food and there was plenty of relaxation as well as work.

Pippa O 2015, Tour K5
Great trip. I called the Timberwolf office + explained my age + the fact that we are weekend walkers. I was assured this trip was perfect. It was more strenuous than expected. Anthony (the guide) did a great job with people of very different abilities.

Ann F. 2016, Tour P9
We loved the trip and especially our guides, Lottie and Kilian. It was a very busy schedule and a lot of work for the guides to manage hike times, meals, camping etc. Lottie and Kilian ran everything perfectly.

Scott S. 2016, Tour F