Yukon River Tour - Laughing Buddha Spring and Summer Trips

Unplugged. Reconnecting with Nature. An Abundance of Laughter – A Larger Than Life Canoe Trip for Adults

Yukon River: Carmacks to Dawson City

How things add up?

Adult Yukon River Expedition + Wilderness Gourmet Cooking Lessons + Forest Yoga & Meditation Sessions + Laughing Buddha Teachings = One Heck Of An Urban and Digital Detox Experience

Program Details

Spring Date: June 1st to June 10th, 2018
Summer Date: July 27th to August 5th, 2018
Ages: 20+ (co-ed)
Rate: Register 1 Person $2,550.00 CAD + 5% GST
Register 2 People $5000 CAD + 5% GST
Register 3 People $6450 CAD + 5% GST
Register 4+ People or More $2000 CAD + 5% GST per person

Includes: outdoor skills instruction, wilderness cooking lessons & guiding, food, accommodation (tents), 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 Campground, Yukon River and Dawson City

Important information: We rent sleeping bag, 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

At Fireside Adventures, we help guide people to seriously unplug in the easiest most holistic way while connecting outdoor adventure and basic teachings from the Laughing Buddha with the tenets of Buddhism. We are also food centred which is why all Laughing Buddha trips are focused on teaching wilderness gourmet cooking to feed our bellies and nourish our souls. Arrive in Whitehorse, Yukon and paddle the Yukon River from Carmacks to Dawson City.

Our Laughing Buddha Yukon Adventure embody Fireside’s motto Life. Be. Adventure.

How so?

Imagine if you could unplug and relax in “butt-frig-nowhere”, giving yourself a chance to just BE, to experience LIFE in simple moments, and go on an ADVENTURE so bonkers you’ll need to wear both your crash helmet and diapers!  Surrounded by nature, riding the current of the Yukon River and letting out the biggest and loudest laugh you ever had. To many people, a Yukon River canoe trip is not only awesomely adventurous but also is revered as a spiritual rite of passage.

Yukon river canoe trip

This spring and summer, escape your soul sucking, overly digitized and urbanized life; actually unplug and frigg’n laugh so much that you might pee your pants on this 10 day Yukon canoe/gourmet foodie trip experience with Fireside Adventures.

If you want to learn to love yourself better, be more effective at home and in your career, and ultimately have the time of your life, this type Yukon River canoe trip is for you. It's more than a regular and typical Yukon wilderness tour. We use the wonderment of the Yukon River with workings of canoe trip adventure with the wisdom of the Laughing Buddha, gourmet wilderness cooking, collective knowledge of the group and the meaningfulness of honouring the relationship(s) with self and others. We intentionally create incredible experiences that reflect the goodness of those who attend. 

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

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

It's a Life Changing Experience

Imagine if... you could unplug and relax…fill your belly and soul with incredible foods that you’ll learn how to cook in the wilderness. 

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


The Yukon Laughing Buddha River Canoe Trip Details:

Feel your hand dip into the Yukon River as we provide you with excellent 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 gourmet cooking with people of all ethnicities, abilities, backgrounds, sizes, gender identities and experience levels.

Fireside Adventures is designed to allow you to enjoy and experience our pillars for adults - Life, Be, and Adventure in the wilderness expedition and retreats

It's a Life Changing Experience


Laughing Buddha Yukon trip details
  • Fully guided multi-day expedition on the Yukon River from Carmacks to Dawson City
  • An introduction to the basics principles and practices of Buddhism especially learning more about the significance of the Laughing Buddha
  • Honouring the gifts of laughter while having fun
  • Full tummy of wilderness gourmet food
  • Being unplugged from wifi, phones, computers, home and work life
  • Led by excellent and experienced guides gifted in teaching outdoor leadership and wilderness skills who will provide support for the entirety of the expedition
  • Daily yoga in the woods and by the riverside meditation
  • Holistic wellness practices for mind, body, spirit and emotion
  • Hiking the trails seeking Yukon Gold Rush artefacts and abandoned cabins – that’s right…treasure to be found
  • Soaking your bones at the Takhini Hot Springs
  • 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
  • Learn the basics of front and backcountry camping, river canoeing, orienteering, hiking and risk management

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

Expedition Food

Wilderness gourmet cooking

 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 for and prepare meals on extended backcountry trips, and how to cook in a “wilderness gourmet” kitchen. While on trip we will nourish our bodies with healthy and holistic foods suited to all diets supported by one of our wilderness chefs

Expedition Safety

It is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have guides supporting you regardless of your comfort and outdoor skill level. Our team puts a lot of effort into planning, preparing and most importantly, teaching you how to be safe in the wilderness.

Fitness Capacities

If you are concerned about your physically 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.



All participants will not be allowed bring phones, computers, watches and jewelry while we are on the river. In Dawson City, you’ll get your digital goods and fancy stuff back. We lead trips with an absolute respect for all religions, wellness practices and cultures. In particular, we do our upmost 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.

Yukon Facts & What to Wear

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

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

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About Our Programs

Fireside Adventures adult retreats and adventure expeditions are a perfect mix of high level of professionalism, all-encompassing instruction and significant knowledge of the areas you will be traveling through.

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It's a Life Changing Experience

Jeff "Willy" Willis

Lead Yukon Canoe Trip Guide

Jeff "Willy" Willis

We have totally made our lives way too complicated in our busyness and disconnected with things that matter to living a meaningful life.

Push the pause button and you will hear, see and feel the amount of “busyness” going on around you.   Breathe and don’t panic, as we have a remedy.

Paddling the “incredible awesomeness” of the Yukon River is a necessary act in replenishing one’s soul.  A river canoe trip like the Laughing Buddha expedition is a game changer and the  best medicine for the ailments associated with your busyness. Willy believes life is about expanding one's comfort zone, learning something new everyday, and enjoying an abundance of precious moments we can share with others.

Willy has been guiding and designing unique expeditions and life experiences for over 25 years across Canada, Europe and Japan. You will be at ease with the skill sets, sense of humour and confidence he brings to your expedition experience. He provides excellent outdoor leadership instruction, keeping things simple and incorporating the Life. Be. Adventure. phylosophy into your experience. As lead guide for your upcoming experience, he will share the teachings of the Laughing Buddha along the way.

Street Credit – Willy is an outdoor educator, social worker, social entrepreneur, adventurer, free spirit and an honest dude who cares about people, the planet and his incredible family and friends. If you are curious to know more, than just google him or call him directly to have an old school conversation. Willy is also the owner of www.creativetoolbox.ca and www.vancouveroutdoorschool.com 


Jordan “Birchy” Birch MSc. ACC 

A social entrepreneur, management consultant, adventurer, guide, philanthropist and enlightened former addict whose talk and enthusiasm energizes others.

Jordan Birch experiential adventures

For over 18 years through playful experiential adventures he’s consulted high performing business leaders to actualize work-life integration into their corporate culture instead of sacrificing their lifestyle for business growth. He specializes in eradicating their Everythingitis™ (Ev-ree-thing-ahy-tis), the disease of being busy and the result of living intensely complicated lives. Jordan is the co-founder of The Meaningful Business Alliance (MBA), a community of cool people doing things that matter. The MBA model is specifically designed so that as your business grows so does your freedom. He is also the co-founder of Alive Foods, an agri-business that formulates plant based meal replacement products back by science. 

Holding a Masters in Applied Ecopsychology and recognized as a thought leader in the field he is driven by personal experience. Today, he is multiple years clean and sober having survived addiction, depression, facial reconstructive surgery, and a brain injury. 

As the Executive Director of Now That’s Ugly Society, Birchy co-founded the Original Ugly Christmas Sweater™ Party and Dash, the infamous giving phenomenon that helps grant the wishes of children living with a critical illness. He has been featured in hundreds of media, tv, and radio for his creative innovation and socially conscious events. Jordan thrives in a collaborative sandbox and is known for influencing local and international communities as a contributing author to the book Conscious Business and as a nominee for various business excellence and alternative health care practitioner, products, and personality awards.

He lives and breathes his role of service, however, you can also find him traveling with his family, at the hockey rink, at the crossfit box, on the yoga mat, steering the paddle board, blowing scuba bubbles underwater, planting footprints on the trail, shredding through powder or traversing his bike up a mountainside.

It's a Life Changing Experience


Fireside Adventures is pleased to partner with the Meaningful Business Alliance and Alive Foods.

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