14 days departing WHITEHORSE from

Style: Canoeing
Destination: Canada
Tour Code: PYC

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Trip Overview

Journey deep into the Canadian wilderness on an unforgettable voyage along the Yukon River. Our Canadian canoe trip follows an historic goldrush route, exploring the pristine lakes, forests and mountains of this vast and remote land, far from the tourist trail. This unique expedition style canoeing adventure is perfect for the active traveller and lets you escape the crowds, camping by the riverside under star-filled skies, investigating long-forgotten gold claims, watching the for black bear and moose along the river bank and visiting Dawson City's historic gambling halls.

Included Highlights
  • Whitewater canoeing at the Five Finger Rapids
  • Wildlife spotting along the riverbanks
  • Guided tour of an active gold mine
  • 10 days canoeing the Yukon River
  • Follow the historic goldrush route
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 9 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) + 4 hotel nights in twin share accommodation. For your own room & tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals whilst camping included. All other meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • Bush walking US$Free
  • Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley US$2
  • Jack London & Robert Service Cabins US$5-$6
  • Danoja Zho Cultural Centre US$6
  • Dawson City Museum US$9

Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0830 on day 2 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1: Whitehorse

Before journeying down the Yukon River towards Klondike in the hope of making their fortune, one of the places the hordes of goldrush prospectors rested became Whitehorse, a fitting place for our Canadian canoe trip expedition to begin. Explore the provincial capital at your leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 2-10: Yukon River

Travel the Klondike Highway to Carmacks, the put-in point where our journey along the 'Great River' begins, with canoes pointing downriver and the compass needle set north. Our voyage covers over 400km but in expedition fashion, our itinerary is flexible and the distance covered each day will depend on river conditions and the ability and interests of the group. This is an active adventure with up to 5/6 hours on the river each day, but we travel at a relaxed pace, allowing you to intimately experience the surrounding wilderness. Spot black bears, moose and bald eagles on the riverbanks from the excellent vantage point of our canoes; paddle through whitewater at the Five Finger Rapids; visit the abandoned goldrush settlement of Fort Selkirk; and perhaps enjoy some bush walking. With a sub-arctic climate, summers are short with long, bright days. In the evenings we set up camp in breathtaking locations on the banks and islands of the river, where you can relax by the campfire or take a refreshing swim.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 11-12: Dawson City

Reacquaint yourself with civilisation as we reach Dawson City at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. Visit historic sites including the cabins of writers Jack London and Robert Service, pan for gold on a guided tour of an active mine, and try a 'Sour Toe' cocktail or watch a dance show at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 13-14: Whitehorse

Drive back to Whitehorse via the Klondike Highway, where you can stroll along the waterfront or ride on the Waterfront Trolley before the tour ends.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

This tour is operated by our trusted sister company.

Tour Notes

We use large two-person open canoes (without spraydeck) and each canoe carries a share of communal camping gear as well as your personal gear. Both beginners and experienced canoeists are welcome on our Canadian canoe trip; a reasonable level of general fitness will help you get the most out of this active trip and an ability to swim is required.

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  • A GBP£150 / US$260 deposit per person is required to book
  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
  • We are an ABTA and ATOL operator offering financial security for our inclusive tours.
  • If you prefer to book by telephone please contact our UK sales office
  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7951 for a flight inclusive quote

Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own tent & room for every night of the tour. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on a request basis.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.


  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

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