Fireside’s Big Sky Yukon River Expedition:

Adult Yukon canoe trip

Imagine yourself in the middle of nowhere, breathing in the best air on the planet, canoeing down the majestic Yukon River with a massive sky above you. This is you enjoying your own postcard moment on the doorsteps of heaven with friends and family.

Are you in need of a personal and fun adventure? Are you in need of a perfect remedy for a mid-life fix, a pause in life, a shared experience or a new perspective for your career? Do you just want to get out and paddle the Yukon River while leaving your worries behind? We have a getaway experience to unplug, learn outdoor skills and become inspired by injecting a Fireside “Big Sky” style of canoe trip into your bloodstream and soul.

Our Big Sky Yukon River trips are designed for those only interested in just getting out on the river with friends and family and to be supported by a Fireside Adventures. We put your experience together with your input, you and others sign up and we all head down the river until we reach Dawson City. Sweet and simple! 

Big Sky is a perfect experience for those wanting a say in the level of independence and support while paddling with us down the river. Contact us to learn more.

Program Details

Dates: (7- 8 days on the river)
July 20 – July 28, 2019
August 10 - 18
August 17 - 25, 2019
Ages: 18 + years (co-ed)
Rate: 2,449.00 - $2149.00 CDN
*Bring friends to make it cheaper for everyone, that’s how the sliding scale works with our fees!

Includes: 24/7 instruction & support, food, tent accommodation while on the river, group camping gear, and canoes during the trip. Contact us to learn more.
Does not include flight, fishing license and accommodation in Whitehorse and Dawson City but we can connect you with deals and options (ask us about our special Air North rate!)

Important information: We rent sleeping bags, camp chairs and therma-rests for those needing extra comfort We also offer a Yukon Barrel Package Deal - 60L barrel, sleeping bag, therma-rest, water bottle, headlamp and more, to use on the trip and to take home with you.

Locations: Whitehorse, Yukon River and Dawson City

Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us,
And the Wild is calling, calling...let us go
— Robert W. Service, The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

It's a Life Changing Experience


Never say No to adventures. Always say Yes, otherwise you’ll lead a very dull life.

- Ian Fleming

Fireside’s Big Sky Expedition Details:

Just do it for you and join your fellow adventurers on Fireside’s Big Sky Adult Expedition 9-day Yukon River canoe trip and discover the wildness of the Yukon, old Gold Rush cabins and famous places like Whitehorse, Carmacks and the famous frontier town of Dawson City.

It's a Life Changing Experience


  • A kick butt Yukon adult canoe trip travelling down the Yukon River.
  • An opportunity to check off an item on your "living the life" bucket list.
  • We adjust the trip plan and logistics based on the overall group’s fitness and comfort level. We give our attention individually pre, during and post trips to make sure you are ready and feeling comfortable.
  • Unplugged from wifi, phones, computers, home and work life.
  • Fully guided, multi-day canoe trip while paddling down the Yukon River from Carmacks to Dawson City.
  • Supported by experienced guides who are gifted in teaching outdoor skills and who provide support for the entirety of the canoe trip
  • Fabulous wilderness cooking prepared by your guides and fellow paddlers (that's right, it's all hands-on deck for meal preparation).
  • Step back into time by hiking the old trails in search of Yukon Gold Rush artifacts, abandoned cabins and panning for gold.
  • Sleep under the stars on some of the Yukon River’s pristine river islands
  • A chance to see the Northern Lights dance above your head and experience the Midnight Sun!
  • Visit Fort Selkirk and paddle beside the basalt
  • Learn the basics of front and backcountry camping, river canoeing, orienteering, hiking and risk management in the outdoors.
  • Learn to apply your new skills and zest for outdoor adventures with your newfound love for the Yukon and the friends who are travelling with you.


Regardless of a participant ’s level of comfort and outdoor skills, it is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have an experienced instructor supporting them. Our team always prioritizes planning, preparing and, most importantly, teaching participants how to be safe in the wilderness.


A well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Participants will learn how to pack and prepare healthy and holistic meals in our camp kitchens, suited for all diets.

Fitness Capacities

If you are concerned about yours or your child’s physical readiness to attend one of our Fireside camps/expeditions, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on the participant’s abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed and shared decision.

Climate Change

We do our best to understand the present and future impacts of climate change. We provide thoughtful discussions and rationale of why we all must do our best to minimize our carbon use including ways to reduce food waste, non-recyclable materials and more. We take public transit or walk as much as possible, and respect nature by reducing our ecological footprints.

Indigenous People

We acknowledge that we are visitors of the traditional lands of Indigenous People. We ask permission to visit and explore their lands while also inviting local First Nations to participate in our camps, share their knowledge and provide a space to collaborate. Fireside Adventures recognizes the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Small Group Focused & Mobile

We purposely place restrictions on group size (minimum 8 and maximum 15) of participants as believe less means more in regards to providing an enriched and meaningful experience for each participant. We are not defined by one permanent location as we are rooted in the believe the adventure and learning on the explore the lands and waters around us.

Place and Inquiry Based

All of our selected locations for our camps and expeditions are purposely chosen to provide a platform for inquiry and experiential learning, to learn through the natural world and its significance in relation to culture, geography, history, people and environment.

Social and Emotional Learning

We create a safe place so participants can develop and enhance their resiliency, independence and self-efficacy. We weave learning opportunities throughout our programs for participants to improve the skills necessary to manage and understand their emotions and their relationships.


We are inclusive of all genders, races, cultures, languages, shapes, sizes, colours, abilities and capacities. Those who arrive on the first day of the camp/expedition are important characters of the shared experienced that is to begin. It is a privilege to be the characters in each other's stories and experiences, not our right.

Yukon Facts

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.

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Tentative Trip Plan

Yukon Adventure Trip Plan

It's a Life Changing Experience