Province/Territory: Yukon Territory

A Paddle Through Time

  • 700 km of river
  • 20 days of wilderness adventure
  • 01 Sourtoe Cocktail

Discover the Yukon River in the way of Aboriginal peoples, Hudson Bay fur traders and Gold Rush prospectors of yore. With Ruby Range Adventures’ Yukon River—The Classic: Lake Laberge to Dawson City, you are a canoeist in the frontier of Canada; an explorer of both the cultural traditions of the peoples of the land and the vibrant natural beauty of the North.

Step into a canoe and let the gentle current of the Yukon River lead you forth. Journey for nearly three weeks with a companion group of like-minded adventurers and under the eye of an imaginative and experienced guide. With the midnight sun to light your way, you will travel along 700 km of Arctic Ocean watershed river—exploring 30,000 years of human history and the boundless natural wonders of the Klondike.

Why you should visit
  • Explore remote wilderness on a 20-day Yukon River canoe adventure, traversing 700 km from Whitehorse to Dawson City.
  • Hear tales of raucous history from the 1890s-era Klondike Gold Rush, when 50,000 prospectors headed north in search of fortune along the very route you travel.
  • Learn of the region’s First Nations from an experienced guide—hear of how Aboriginal peoples explored these areas, trapping, hunting and trading for millennia.
  • Spot moose, beavers, grizzly bears and bald eagles; sport-fish for trout, Arctic grayling and salmon.
  • Participate fully in camp operations, becoming a proficient outdoorsperson and gourmet fireside chef; practice “leave no trace” tourism with every shoreline campsite.
  • Grow to be a skilled canoeist before tackling Five Finger Rapids—the only rough water of the trip.
  • Visit riverside historic sites such as Fort Selkirk (former Yukon capital) and the former Northern Tutchone First Nations settlement of Hootalinqua.
  • Recite lines from the famous Canadian poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” while travelling through areas noted in its verse.
  • Experience a guided tour of Dawson City—explore the S.S. Keno, a paddlewheeler-turned-historic site; order a “Sourtoe Cocktail” at the Downtown Hotel; visit restored Gold Rush-era buildings now housing shops and restaurants.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Tour runs from June to September; 20-day duration.
  • Experience 24 hours of daylight from mid-June to late-July.
  • Aurora Borealis viewing is best from late-August through early September.
  • The Dawson City Music Festival runs annually in mid-July.
Need to know
  • Warm, waterproof clothing is required; double-occupancy tents are provided.
  • Canoeing is a physically strenuous activity.
  • View regulations and licence fees for recreational fishing.
  • Experience camping and/or paddling is an asset, but not required.
  • Camping is in remote wilderness environments; tour specifics vary at the discretion of guide.
Getting Here
  • Tour begins in Whitehorse; return transport from Dawson City provided.
  • Whitehorse is accessed via Erik Nielson Whitehorse International Airport.
  • Airport transfer is provided; operator located a seven-minute drive from airport.
  • Whitehorse is accessible via all-season highway.