Do you hear that? It's the Yukon...
Fireside Adventures adult canoe expedition down the Yukon River is crafted for those yearning a connection with nature, seeking adventure, rejuvenation and self-discovery. Both the river and paddle experience are immense, beautiful and memorable. Feel your hand dip into the Yukon River as you navigate over 430km of pure Canadian adventure under the dancing Aurora Borealis.
You will spend ten days discovering the Yukon by paddling from Carmacks to Dawson City, visiting some of the places where the gold rush captured so many hearts. You and your fellow adventurers will also have the opportunity to discover Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs and the famous Dawson City. At each campfire we will recite famous Robert Service poems, including “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam Magee”.
Date: August 11 to August 20, 2017
Ages: 18 years and over (Co-ed)
Price: $1,975.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Includes instruction, food, accommodation, most camping gear, Whitehorse airport pick-up and drop-off, and canoes during the trip. Does not include flight, fishing license, personal extras, and some optional activities.
Locations: Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs, Yukon River and Dawson City
- Fully guided trip on the Yukon River from Carmacks to Dawson City
- Outdoor skills training including safety tips and orienteering
- Travelling CHEF & Photographer
- Soaking your bones at the Tahini Hot Springs
- Witness the Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights
- Visiting the historic Fort Selkirk and discovering old Yukon cabins along the way. It’s bushwhacking time!
- Campfires, s'mores and the comfort new friends
- Visiting some of the Yukon’s most treasured and historical gold rush locations
- Wildlife, good times, campfires and checking off an item on your bucket list
Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change)
August 11, 2017 – Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse
- Afternoon departure from Vancouver International Airport
- Early afternoon arrival in Whitehorse. Guides will meet and greet participants at the Whitehorse airport
- Shuttle to Takhini Hostel
- Program orientation and gear check
August 12, 2017 - Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse
- Early wake-ups
- Introduction of staff and overview of canoe trip
- Unpack personal gear (again) and group gear check
- Yukon River orientation
- Pack up food
- Knots lesson
- Half day practice of paddle strokes
- 1 hour free time in Whitehorse
- Campfire “Welcome Ceremony”
- Soak bones in Takhini Hot Springs
- Safety lessons and protocols (evening)
- Pack up and off to bed
August 13, 2017 – Carmacks/Five Fingers section/Sam Magee's Ashes
- Early departure
- Practice strokes (again) in Carmacks
- Map reading & orienteering in Carmacks
- Emergency procedures in Carmacks
- Paddle past Five Fingers section
- Visit Sam Magee’s ashes
- Cooking lesson 101
- Review safety protocols and use of devices
August 14 to 17, 2017 – Yukon River
- Outdoor Leadership 101
- Guiding principles of leading out trips
- Weather reading
- River navigation lesson
- Yukon River history and geography
- Exploring and visiting old cabins
- A night at Fort Selkirk
- Visit old ruins of towns during the gold rush days
- Review wildlife in the wild
- Poetry and photography on the river
- Panning for gold
- Option to fish
August 18, 2017 – Arriving into Dawson City
- Shower up
- Tour the city and visit historical places
- Graduation dinner
August 19, 2017 – Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse
- Pack up and breakfast in Dawson City
- Lunch on the road (6 hour road trip)
- Set up, clean gear, bracelet ceremony and ice cream in Whitehorse
August 20, 2017 – Homeward Bound
- Pack up and morning to explore Whitehorse
- Shuttle to airport for a 3:30 pm departure
Facts About Yukon
The name “Yukon” originated from the Locheux native word "Yuk-un-ah," meaning "Great River," referring to the Yukon River that flows across the territory into Alaska.
One of three Canadian territories, Yukon is situated in the northwest corner of Canada's continental mainland. Yukon sits between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Arctic Ocean, with Alaska to the west and the Northwest Territories to the east.
The Arctic Circle crosses through Yukon and the territory has 430 kilometres of shoreline along the Beaufort Sea.
At 483,450 square kilometres (186,661 square miles), Yukon is larger than California and covers more area than Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands combined. It represents 4.8% of Canada's total land area.
Facts About Yukon River
The Yukon River is the longest river in Yukon & Alaska. Third longest river in North America, flowing northwest from the Coastal Range mountains of northern British Columbia, through the Yukon Territory and Alaska to the Bering Sea. Its overall length is 3,185 kilometers (km), with 1,149 km within Canadian borders. The watershed’s total drainage area is 840,000 sq. km (323,800 sq. km in Canada) and it discharges 195 cubic kilometers of water per year.
During the Klondike Gold Rush the Yukon River was one of the principal means of transportation. Paddle-wheel riverboats continued to ply the river until the 1950’s, when the Klondike Highway was completed.
As of September 2012, there were 36,304 people living in the Yukon. Of those, 27,687 were living in the capital city of Whitehorse.
Yukon’s dry, continental climate results in a wide variety of weather year-round. Humidity is very low, so summers can be hot and dry while winter coldness is less harsh than in damper climates.
Capital City – Whitehorse
Whitehorse is Yukon’s capital and a major northern hub. It enjoys facilities, services and businesses far beyond the expectation of a city of 30,000. It's a big little city surrounded by wilderness with the amenities of a much larger destination paired with the friendly demeanour of a close-knit community.
Yukon weather has been known to be quite variable as an Arctic air mass can dominate one day, and the next day a warm front can move in from the Pacific. On your expedition you could experience all four seasons in one day! With varied geography and changeable weather, it's important to be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature, especially since we are on a canoe expedition.
In summer, the temperature can be plus 30 Celsius and the blazing sun shines around the clock. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn't set on June 21st and it doesn't rise on December 21st.
Yukon Summer Season
Summer is June to August. The sun barely sets. People are full of energy. Days can be hot, and the evenings cool off.
What to Wear
When you visit Yukon, chances are you'll discover the relaxed dress known as 'Yukon formal'. Whatever the season, pack a wide variety of clothing. Layering is always a good idea so you can adapt to changing weather and temperatures.
To be comfortable on outdoor adventures, wear a thin wool or polyester base layer that can wick away perspiration.