Northern Adventures: 6-7 Day Boat-Supported Canoe Trip Yukon River, Carmacks to Dawson City

This is the classic Yukon River journey to Dawson City, but we’ve shortened it by leaving from Carmacks, a 2-hour drive from Whitehorse. This is done to accommodate those of you who have a fine sense of adventure but are not able to get away for a 10-day trip.

Trailering our boats to Carmacks still leaves a substantial journey of about 400 km on the river, but putting the canoe on top of the support boat and running through some of the slower sections keeps things moving along nicely (click here to see a map of the area).

This is a very enjoyable trip along the Yukon’s most historic waterway. We encounter abandoned villages, roadhouses, woodcamps and farms as well as the wreckage of several steamboats. Just a few miles downstream from Carmacks we pass through Five Fingers Rapids and Rink Rapids, where several steamboats were wrecked or damaged due to fast water, hidden rocks and islands with rocks overhanging the channels as seen in the old and current photos to the right.

The river is safe to paddle, with a moderate current that moves us along at a comfortable pace with little effort needed.

We see a large variety of wildlife during our journey, with moose, caribou and bear predominating. Salmon runs start in August and ensure some excellent bear viewing opportunities from the safety of the boat or canoes. As well, the river has a very healthy population of bald eagles; they are seldom out of sight for long. We also may see mink, otter, wolves and a variety of bird life including loons, mergansers and falcons as we glide silently through their territory.

We will have a variety of beautiful campsites, beside creeks or on islands in the river. Your guide will cook your gourmet meals over and open fire, allowing you to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of this truly remarkable world.

Arriving at Dawson, the gateway to the Klondike gold fields, you just may get a feeling similar to the men and women who came, a century earlier, via the same route you did. A celebration dinner will certainly be in order now that you’ve made your first step towards becoming a Yukon Sourdough! After dinner, Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino can provide some great fun with vaudeville shows and gambling mixed nicely together (maybe you can multiply the value of all the nuggets you panned on the way down!).

On the final day, we’ll drive back to Whitehorse on the paved Klondike Highway, providing you with a dramatic contrast to the route you travelled on the past 5 days.

Some of our guests have taken a one-day road trip up the Dempster Highway before leaving Dawson City. This is one of the most beautiful and unique roads in the Yukon – click on the Dempster Highway photo to the right for more information about that adventure.


6 day trip $2,395 per person for minimum 2 people. Discounts apply for groups and families – please inquire. Prices are in Canadian dollars. Prices do not include 5% GST.

  • All food and non-alcoholic beverages are supplied.
  • We also supply the finest in wilderness gear, including Woods tents, North Face sleeping bags and Therma-rest mattresses and pillows.
  • Includes transportation from Dawson back to Whitehorse.
  • 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.