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Yukon Territory

Off the Map: Canoeing Along the Yukon’s Pristine Nature

Explore the tranquil Yukon River by canoe, and learn about Gold Rush history, explore remote historic sites and enjoy exceptional fishing in pristine nature on this 200-mile journey.
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Program No. 20537RJ
12 days
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Yukon Territory

Off the Map: Canoeing Along the Yukon’s Pristine Nature

Explore the tranquil Yukon River by canoe, and learn about Gold Rush history, explore remote historic sites and enjoy exceptional fishing in pristine nature on this 200-mile journey.
12 days
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Program No. 20537 RJ
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Breathe in the fresh, clean air of the Yukon wilderness as you glide along the legendary Yukon River by canoe. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of these remote landscapes while learning about its natural wonders and gold rush history. As you and your fellow adventurers paddle more than 200 miles and camp under the Milky Way, experience nature in its purest form and observe the incredible wildlife that calls this remote wilderness home.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Canoe on the mighty Yukon River from Minto, near historic Fort Selkirk to Dawson City in the heart of Gold Rush territory.
  • Marvel as you are carried along on the rapid current of the Yukon at 5 mph before you even start paddling!
  • Tales of Jack London and Robert Service and the Klondike's raucous Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino await you in Dawson City!

General Notes

This program is part of our “Off the Map” series, exploring truly remote areas of Canada as a way to connect with local culture and landscapes, and disconnect with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Our goal is to bring you to places that have limited access to Wi-Fi, cell service and other technology so you can enjoy authentic learning experiences without modern distractions. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Please note that single participants will be provided a canoe partner. In addition, traveling partners that are both novice canoers can be paired with more experienced canoers if they're not comfortable together. For groups under 8 people, the group will have one river guide, unless otherwise stipulated in program materials; while for groups of 8 people and more, the group will have at least two guides.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North
by Beverley Gray
The Best of Robert Service
by Robert Service
In 1904, the Canadian Bank of Commerce transferred teller Robert W. Service to the Yukon Territory. Soon, he was famous as the poet who chronicled the Klondike gold rush and the savage beauty of the frozen north. His verse tales of hard-bitten prospectors and sourdoughs make vivid, exciting reading, with such colorful characters as One-Eyed Mike, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Pious Pete, Blasphemous Bill-and, of course, the lady known as Lou. This book features 49 of Service's poems, along with stunning duotone photos of people and landscapes of the Yukon.
Common Yukon Roadside Wildflowers (and trees)
by Yukon Government
The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush
by Kathryn Morse
The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike
by Charlotte Gray
A Look Back in Time - The Archaeology of Fort Selkirk
by Gotthardt, R. M. (Ruth Margrit), Greg Hare
Make it Pay! Gold Dredge #4
by David Neufeld, Patrick Habiluk
The Yukon
by Pat & Baiba Morrow
Common Yukon Mushrooms
by Yukon Government
A Cheechako in Alaska and Yukon
by Charlotte Cameron
Wildflowers Along the Alaska Highway
by Verna E. Pratt
After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America
by E. C. Pielou
All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms
by David Arora
Klondike: The Last Great Goldrush
by Pierre Berton
A Summer in Alaska
by Frederick Schwatka
Tr'ochëk - The Archaeology and History of a Hän Fish Camp
by Helene Dobrowolsky & T. J. Hammer
Wild Flowers of the Yukon, Alaska & Northwestern Canada
by John Trelawny
Land of the Midnight Sun: A History of the Yukon
by Kenneth S. Coates, William R. Morrison
Hammerstones: A History of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
by Helene Dobrowolsky
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My first question to Road Scholar about this trip was How many guides will be with us? The answer: 3. OK that was reassuring. Two experienced river guides and a gold rush historian so we would be safe and learn a lot. I signed up months ago. If they had told me only one guide right then I would not have signed up! I Got to Whitehorse 3 days in advance to do some sightseeing on my own and was very upset, disappointed and angry on the evening of the 20th when only 1 guide showed up and apparently that was going to be it. The historian meet us for dinner but there is no way to pack 11 days worth of questions into 2 hours. Road Scholar promotes their trips as learning vacations, well, they need to do a much better job then this. This was my 7th Road Scholar trip. I didn't feel safe during the first couple of days on the trip but gradually starting feeling assured. I decided that even though I was angry that I would enjoy the trip and get as much out of it as I could. For the most part I enjoyed the paddling, the weather was quite nice, only had a small amount of rain 3 times and never got soaked. There were virtually no mosquitoes and by the time we hit Dawson the Aspens were yellow and the birches were red in the higher elevations. Saw a number of bald eagles, a few grizzlies in the distance and 2 black bear, no moose. We also saw 3 big flocks of sandhill cranes flying south but while we were watching them our guide left and the others followed so we ended up leaving even though I would have much preferred to stay and continue watching them till they were out of sight. Don't know way the guide decided to leave, after all that's what we came to see. Overall I enjoyed the trip though I was disappointed in it. Some of the best things I did was in Whitehorse and Dawson such as: taking guided tours of the Klondike and Gold Bottom mine, panning for gold, hiking to MIles canyon and Canyon City, touring the McBride and Dawson City museums.

Road Scholar
Dear Dale, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in the Yukon despite your concerns and that you were lucky to see lots of wildlife. Due to an injury and a family emergency, one Group Leader and the instructor were unable to join your group on very short notice, so we were unable to notify you and the rest of the participants in advance. This is incredibly rare. We do apologize if this affected the educational experience that you expect from Road Scholar. We will certainly be revisiting our staffing so that we can better adapt to unforeseen circumstances like these in the future and continue to provide the highest educational standards. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback. -Team Road Scholar

The Yukon is magnificent and I can't imagine a better way to experience the Yukon region than by canoe. Our guides did not wear rubber boots but I was glad that I had mine. Thank goodness "A" and "T" were in my group. They did a lot of heavy lifting AND they shared extra toilet paper. No personal water filters were used. We were fortunate to have David Neufeld, a Yukon expert, with us to share experiences, history and stories.

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