Fireside’s Artemis - Women In Leadership Yukon Expedition

Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change)

August 9, 2018 – Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse

  • Afternoon departure from Vancouver International Airport (possible to leave earlier)
  • Early afternoon arrival in Whitehorse. Guides will meet and greet participants at the Whitehorse airport
  • Shuttle to Takhini Hostel
  • Program orientation and gear inspection
  • Artemis welcome ceremony

August 10, 2018 - Takhini Hot Springs/Whitehorse

  • Early wake-up
  • Introduction of participants and overview of canoe trip
  • Unpack personal gear (again) and group gear recheck
  • Yukon River orientation
  • Pack up food
  • Half day practice of paddle strokes
  • Free time to explore Whitehorse
  • Visiting the popular Yukon Brewery
  • Campfire “Welcome Ceremony”
  • Soak bones in Takhini Hot Springs
  • Safety lessons and protocols (evening)

August 11, 2018 – Carmacks/Five Fingers section/Sam Magee's Ashes

  • Early departure to Carmacks
  • Fireside Artemis “river gifts”
  • Practice paddle strokes (again) in Carmacks
  • Map reading & orienteering in Carmacks (basic)
  • Review safety and emergency procedures in Carmacks
  • Paddle the famous Five Fingers section
  • Visit Sam Magee’s ashes
  • Camp set-up and cooking lesson

August 12 to 17, 2018 – Yukon River

  • Wilderness cuisine cooking lessons
  • Outdoor woman's leadership skills training
  • Basic principles of leading out trips
  • Basic weather reading
  • River navigation lesson
  • Overview of Yukon River history and geography
  • Exploring and visiting old cabins
  • A night at Fort Selkirk
  • Wildlife safety
  • Poetry, writing and photography on the river
  • Option to fish (fishing gear and license required)

August 17, 2018 – Arriving into Dawson City

  • Showers!
  • Tour the city and visit historical places
  • Graduation dinner
  • Diamond Tooth Gerties Dance Show
  • Infamous Sour Toe Cocktail
  • Enjoy the festivities of a night in Dawson City

August 18, 2018 – 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 

August 19, 2018 – Homeward Bound

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

 Yukon River: Carmacks to Dawson City

Imagine the feeling of your hand dipping into the Yukon River as you take 11 days to prepare and navigate, by canoe, over 400km of pure Canadian adventure, from Carmacks to Dawson City. Both the river and paddle experience are immense, beautiful and memorable. You and your fellow adventurers will take a step back in time and explore some of the places where the gold rush captured so many hearts and souls while sleeping under the Aurora Borealis at night.

Sign up for Fireside’s Artemis Women In Leadership Yukon Expedition where you have the space and place needed to focus on your own personal growth, interests and curiosities whilst having the opportunity to further develop your outdoor leadership skills, become confident in your river canoe and connect with women like yourself. Artemis programs, through excellent instruction in outdoor leadership skills, share the gifts of the wilderness with people of all colours, abilities, backgrounds, sizes, gender identities and experience levels.

Limited spots available

Space fills up fast and there is a limited amount of spots per camp. All you need is a deposit of $300 and a completed registration form to confirm your place.

Program Details

Date: August 9th to August 19, 2018
Ages: 18 years and over  (women only)
Rate: $2650.00 CDN plus 5% tax.

Includes: instruction and expedition support, food, accommodation, most camping gear, Whitehorse airport pick-up and drop-off, and canoes during the trip. Does not include flight, personal extras, and some optional activities.

Locations: Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs, Yukon River and Dawson City

Important information:
What to bring and wear
Facts about the Yukon
We rent sleeping bags, camp chairs and thermarests for those needing extra comfort

Fitness Capacities
If you are concerned about your physical readiness to attend one of our programs, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on people's abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed shared decision.


It's a Life Changing Experience