Yukon Territories
Canoeing the Yukon: Pristine Nature and Gold Rush History
Explore the Yukon River by canoe, learning about Gold Rush history, exploring historic sites and enjoying exceptional fishing in pristine nature on this 200-mile journey.
Program No. 20537RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Tackle the legendary Yukon River by canoe, paddling more than 200 miles over eight days as you explore the vast hinterlands of this region. Pitch camp at a new take-out site daily and commune with nature as you prepare and eat your meals outdoors.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Paddling up to 25 miles a day (6-8 hours). Pitch camp, fix meals. Flat Class 1 river. No technical skills are required (prior canoeing experience not needed), but this is a physically strenuous and demanding program.
Small Group
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

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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David Neufeld
David Neufeld lives in Whitehorse, Yukon with his wife, Joy. For more than 25 years, he was the Yukon and western Arctic historian with Parks Canada, providing original historical research and cultural programming for Yukon national parks and historic sites. He continues academic research as an environmental historian and is regularly invited to present at conferences in Europe and New Zealand, as well across North America. His publications include numerous academic papers as well as two popular, best-selling Canadian history books on Klondike gold mining and the Chilkoot Trail. As an adjunct at Yukon College for over 20 years, Neufeld delivers classes in history and protected area management. Recently, he also contributed to the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery summer show with “The Landing,” a prize winning installation art piece investigating human relationships with place.
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