Northern Adventures: Lake Laberge & Thirty Mile River (2 or 3-Days)

This trip combines a lake and river adventure. We explore beautiful Lake Laberge and run the Thirty Mile River, the most spectacular section of the Yukon River (click here to see a map of the area). Fast-flowing and crystal-clear, it takes us past historic cabins from the Klondike Gold Rush era, and the wreckage of the sternwheeler Casca.

At the lower end of the Thirty Mile, where the Teslin River joins the Yukon, we reach the abandoned village of Hootlinqua. Here we can explore the old trading post, the North West Mounted Police post, and the large, nearly-intact sternwheeler Norcom which was pulled up on Shipyard Island and abandoned in 1918. You can still walk the decks, explore her cabins and study some of the old steamboat’s machinery such as the boiler.

The Hootalinqua area offers several options for scenic camping places for the night. There’s no better end to a day than sitting around a campfire surrounded by the sounds of the wilderness.

Making our way back up the Thirty Mile to Lake Laberge, we have lots of opportunities for further exploring, both historical and natural. Cooking lunch on shore gives a chance to pause and share our individual experiences.

The total length of the trip is approximately 160 km (100 miles). There is a great deal to see along this route, and adding a third day allows for options such as paddling your own canoe through the Thirty Mile (note that this is not whitewater, just a fast flowing section of the river).

Transportation between Lake Laberge and Whitehorse is included at no charge if needed. We depart the Lake Laberge dock at around 10:00 AM, and return at about 7:00 PM on the second or third evening. Also included are all meals and camping gear, including a high-quality tent, sleeping bag, foam mattress and pillow.


$285 per person per day, minimum 2 people;
Discounts for groups and families.
Prices are in Canadian dollars. Price does not include 5% GST.

  • For information on what you need to bring with you on a trip with us, see our gear list.

Reserving a date for your Yukon adventure is easy – just contact us by email, phone or regular post at the address below and let us know when you would like to go. Click here for booking details.

The 4 photos below show the Thirty Mile River as seen from the boat, the shore and from a bluff above it, as well as the Canadian Heritage Rivers plaque at the head of the river.