Make Life Better

“My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

- Forest Gump

The journey is never ending. There is always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta to take it all in and do what's right, continue to live in the moment and celebrate because you are ALIVE and REAL.

This is not your run of the mill WOO WOO experience. This is a knee slapping funny and inspiring adventure to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. It's time to get a closer to YUKON's NIRVANA as we laugh, live, play and paddle our way to Dawson City. The Yukon Laughing Buddha escape pod is ready for you! 

Your Laughing Buddha guides are Jordan Birch (personal coach, life instigator, Ugly Christmas Sweater founder and young Jedi) and Jeff Willis (storyteller, community change maker, Creative Toolbox founder, adventurer and older Jedi). The Yukon Laughing Buddha experience is the annual experience where they guys run the river, share, play, laugh and teach with those ready for an upgrade life experience.  

Jordan Birch and Jeff Willis

Paul and Linda before ALS

At Fireside Adventures, we help guide people to unplug, celebrate and honour their lives and the lives of others through connecting with outdoor adventure and the basic teachings of Buddhism. We are also food centred (wilderness gourmet cooking) which is why all Laughing Buddha trips are focused on participants working together to feed our bellies and nourish our souls.

Step back into time and witness the best of the Yukon Gold Rush era while breathing in the best H20 on the planet.

The Laughing Buddha is the Buddha of abundance and happiness so get your happy on with us on the Yukon River.

Learn to enjoy the way as much as you would enjoy when you reach the destination.
— Sakshi Chetana

Program Details

Dates: August 10-17, 2019
Ages: 18+ (co-ed)
Rate: $2449.00 CAD
Locations: Whitehorse, Yukon River and Dawson City

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. However can connect you with deals and options for accommodation, flights and places to visit.

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 ukulele to use on the trip and to take home with you.

It's a Life-Changing Experience

Alternatively you can download the registration form: MS Word | PDF

It's a Life-Changing Experience

Alternatively you can download the registration form: MS Word | PDF

The Yukon Laughing Buddha River Canoe Trip Details:

Feel your hand dip into the Yukon River as we provide you outdoor instruction, an introduction to the basics of Buddhism, equipment and support while travelling over 400km down the Yukon River. At Fireside, we share the gifts of the wilderness and gratitude with people of all ethnicities, abilities, backgrounds, sizes, gender identities and experience levels.

Fireside Adventures is designed to allow you enjoy and experience our pillars - Life, Be, and Adventure.

Paddling the Yukon River

“Buddhism is all about friendliness. Unconditional friendliness towards yourself, towards others, towards all situations, towards everything”

- Laughing Buddha

It's a Life-Changing Experience

Alternatively you can download the registration form: MS Word | PDF

Yukon Laughing Buddha Highlights

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Paddling the Yukon river
  • Fully guided multi-day expedition on the Yukon River from Carmacks to Dawson
  • Led by thoughtful and yet always hilarious guides to make sure you don’t step in bear poo.
  • Full tummy of delicious food and cooking each night by the campfire.
  • A chance to see some wildlife as you enjoy your never ending national geographic moment.
  • Bragging rights that you paddled the famous Yukon River.
  • Honouring the gifts of laughter and abundance of happiness the Laughing Buddha will bring to you.
  • An introduction to the basics principles and practices of Buddhism especially learning more about the significance of the Laughing Buddha.
  • Daily mindful and reflection workshops
  • Introduction to Buddhism and lifestyle practices
  • Give yourself a chance to heal
  • Sleep under the stars on some of the Yukon River’s pristine river islands
  • Learn the basics of front and backcountry camping, river canoeing, orienteering, hiking and risk management.

"When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”

– Buddha.

We lead trips with an absolute respect for all religions, wellness practices and cultures. In particular, we do our best to demonstrate our respect for Indigenous people of Canada, as we are visitors traveling within their rightful lands. In following the Laughing Buddha’s teachings, we want to ensure that we are being mindful of the values and significance of Buddhism and those practicing Buddhism in their daily lives.


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

12:30pm – Riverside Picnic
1:30pm – Paddle strokes review
7:00pm – Arrive to Carmacks – set up camp
8:00pm – Additional paddle practice
9:00pm – River ceremony and acknowledgement
10:00pm – End of day (ha…not really as the sun won’t be going down anytime soon)

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It's a Life-Changing Experience

Alternatively you can download the registration form: MS Word | PDF