Yukon River Expedition for Educators

More than just a summer professional development opportunity!
It’s an adventure that will benefit you and those you teach.

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Are you in need of a personal Yukon adventure? A perfect remedy for mid-life career fix, a pause in life to refocus, or a new perspective for teaching? Tired of being stuck inside and not feeling inspired during the school year?

All you need is a getaway to unplug, learn new and relevant skills and be inspired by injecting a canoe expedition into your bloodstream and soul.

A kick butt Yukon canoe trip travelling down the Yukon River. Check that off your professional development bucket list!

Program Details

Date: (10 day expedition, 8 days on the river) July 31 – August 09, 2019

Ages: 23+ years (co-ed)

Rate: $2,449.00 - $2149.00 CAD
*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 thermarests for those needing extra comfort
- We also offer a Yukon Barrel Package Deal - 60L barrel, sleeping bag, thermarest, water bottle, headlamp and more, to use on the trip and to take home with you.
- We have a special discount offer with local outdoor clothing retailers in Whitehorse to purchase when you arrive.

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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 door-steps of what many call heaven.

Vancouver Outdoor School has partnered with Fireside Adventures to lead an expedition-style canoe paddle down the Yukon River. For those who work in schools, summers are for relaxing, refining and reviewing your plans before returning to school. Come and learn what Fireside’s version of Wonder. Wisdom. Work. when it comes to teaching and inspiring learners. We will also share the wealth of our experience, skills and knowledge in regards to community outdoor experiential education.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

- John Dewey

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Your instructors have a combined 35 years working in traditional education, outdoor experiential education and social work, passing on their expertise for the following:

  • Community outdoor experiential education (framework, first steps and connections with core competencies)

  • Teaching leadership within the classroom

  • Forest Bathing and student lead self reflection practices

  • Connecting social and emotional learning within the classroom and schoolyard

  • Best practices in working with Indigenous learners

  • Much more

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”

- Alfred Mercier


  • Unplugged from wifi, phones, computers, home and work life.
  • Customized for educators and community change makers.
  • Fully guided, multi-day canoe trip while paddling down the Yukon River from Carmacks to Dawson City
  • Led by experienced guides gifted in teaching outdoor leadership and wilderness skills who will provide support for the entirety of the expedition.
  • Fabulous wilderness gourmet cooking prepared by your guides and fellow paddlers (yes…you have to help out as it all about learning right!).
  • Step back into time by hiking the old trails in search of Yukon Gold Rush artefacts, 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!
  • Learn the basics of front and backcountry camping, river canoeing, orienteering, hiking and risk management.
  • Learn to apply community and experiential education into your classroom that connect core competencies to learning.

It's a Life-Changing Experience


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 participants’ 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 for providing an enriched and meaningful experience for each participant. We are not defined by one permanent location as we are rooted in the belief that adventure and learning come from exploring the lands and water 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

Coming Soon!