Feel your hand dip into the Yukon River as you navigate over 736km of pure Canadian adventure under the dancing Aurora Borealis. You will spend 21 days discovering the Yukon River by paddling from Whitehorse to Dawson City, visiting some of the places where the gold rush captured so many hearts and souls. 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”.

Camp Details

Date: August 2 to August 21, 2018
Ages: 14 to 17 (Co-ed)
Price: $3,449.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Includes instruction/supervision, food, accommodation, group camping gear, Whitehorse airport pick up and drop off, and canoes during the trip. Does not include fishing licences, flight, personal extras and some optional activities.
Locations:  Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs, Yukon River and Dawson City
Core Recreational Elements: Canoeing, Canadian history, outdoor guiding, orienteering, gold panning, wilderness safety.

Expedition Highlights

  • Fully guided trip on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to famous Dawson City
  • Canoe certification and outdoor skills training
  • Soaking your bones at the Tahini Hot Springs
  • Witness the Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights
  • Visiting historic Fort Selkirk 
  • Discovering old Yukon cabins
  • Campfires, s'mores and the comfort new friends
  • Visiting some of the Yukon’s most treasured and historical gold rush locations
  • Wildlife - view eagles, moose, while listening to the wolves cry!
  • Amazing fresh air…no joke…real fresh air!  

Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change) 

August 2, 2018 – Whitehorse Takhini Hotsprings Hostel

  • Late morning arrival to Whitehorse
  • Airport pick-up and drive to Takhini Hot Springs Hostel
  • Introduction of staff and overview of canoe trip
  • River expedition orientation and gear check
  • Tour of Whitehorse

August 3, 2018 – Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs Hostel

  • Outdoor cooking 101
  • Unpack personal gear (again) and group gear check
  • Pack up food for expedition
  • Knots and Yukon River overview lesson
  • Safety lesson and protocols
  • Half-day practice of paddle strokes
  • Free time in Whitehorse
  • Campfire 'River Ceremony'

August 4 -18, 2018 – Yukon River, Whitehorse to Dawson City

  • Early departure
  • Practice strokes throughout the expedition
  • Paddle through Five Fingers and Rink Rapids sections
  • Visit Sam Magee's ashes
  • Campsite 101
  • Leadership Skills 101
  • Outdoor Leadership 101 & 102 - Guiding principles of leading out trips, weather reading, river navigation lesson, map reading and orienteering
  • Yukon River history and geography
  • Exploring and visiting old cabins
  • Visit to Fort Selkirk
  • Explore old ruins of towns during the gold rush days
  • Solo experience
  • Poetry and photography on the river
  • Panning for gold

August 19, 2018– Arriving into Dawson City, Gold Rush Campground

  • Shower up
  • Tour the town and visit historical places
  • River graduation dinner

August 20, 2018 – Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs

  • Pack up & breakfast in Dawson City
  • Lunch on the road (6 hour road trip back to Whitehorse)
  • Set up, clean gear
  • Graduation dinner

August 21, 2018 – Homeward Bound

  • Pack up and shuttle to airport for departure