Fireside’s BIG SKY EXPEDITION – An Adult Yukon River Canoe Trip

Tentative Expedition Trip Plan (subject to change)

Day One – Takhini Hot Springs, Whitehorse

  • Afternoon departure from Vancouver International Airport
  • Shuttle to Takhini Hostel from Whitehorse Airport
  • Program orientation and gear check
  • Welcome ceremony
  • Visit Takhini Hot Springs

Day Two – Whitehorse & Carmacks

  • Early wake-ups
  • Introduction of staff and overview of canoe trip in Whitehorse
  • Unpack personal gear (again) and group gear check
  • Yukon River canoe prep & orientation (half day practice with canoeing)
  • Pack up food and last gear inspection
  • Knots lesson
  • 1 hour of free time in Whitehorse
  • Campfire “Welcome Ceremony”
  • Soak bones in Takhini Hot Springs
  • Safety lessons and protocols (evening)
  • Drive to Carmacks campground
  • Set up camp
  • BBQ River Ceremony
  • Emergency procedures final review

Day Three  – Carmack's/Five Fingers Section/Sam Magee’s Ashes/Rink Rapids

  • Early wake up (on the river by 8am)
  • Practice strokes (again) once leaving Carmacks
  • Map reading and basic orienteering
  • Emergency Procedures (review test while on the river)
  • Paddle past Five Fingers section
  • Visit the legendary Sam Magee’s ashes (we will read some Robert Service poems)
  • Campfire cuisine
  • Campsite selection
  • Review safety protocols and use of devices

Day Four to Seven – Yukon River

  • Outdoor leadership skills training
  • Guiding principles of leading out trips focus on Yukon terrain
  • Weather reading & review forest fire procedures
  • Continued river navigation lesson
  • Yukon River history and geography including historical review of Yukon Gold Rush
  • Bushwhacking course and half day expedition
  • Visit where the popular television show called Yukon Gold
  • Exploring and visiting old cabins
  • A night at Fort Selkirk
  • Review wildlife in the wild
  • Panning for gold
  • Option to fish

Day Eight – Arriving into Dawson City

  • Early arrival
  • Shower up
  • Tour the city and visit historical places including the arts festival
  • Graduation dinner
  • Campfire

Day Nine  – Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse

  • Pack up and breakfast in Dawson City
  • Lunch on the road (6 hour road trip)
  • Clean gear in Whitehorse
  • Final dinner and bracelet ceremony

Day Ten – Homeward Bound

  • Pack up and morning to explore Whitehorse
  • Shuttle to airport for early morning or  3:30 pm departure

 Adult Yukon canoe trip

Imagine yourself in the middle of nowhere, breathing in the best air on the planet, a massive sky above and travelling down the majestic Yukon River. We all know that is you enjoying your own postcard life moment.

The problem is you might be unsure if you are the right candidate or if you could physically do it and/or too young or too old.

Why you’re invited -

We know you are the person in need of a perfect remedy for a mid-life fix, a personal adventure, a pause in life and/or new perspective for your career. You are the person just needing a getaway to be unplugged, learn new skills and to be inspired by injecting a Fireside Yukon River canoe trip into your bloodstream and soul.

See this invitation as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.

Program Details

Date: August 03 to August 12, 2018
Ages: 18 + years (co-ed)

Winter Rate: February 16th to March 31st 2018 $2400.00 CDN plus 5% tax.
Spring/Summer Rate: April 1st 2018 onwards $2650.00 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

Important information: We rent sleeping bags, camp chairs and thermarests for those needing extra comfort

Tentative trip plan
What to bring and wear
Facts about the Yukon
About our programs


It's a Life Changing Experience