Take to the Water for a Yukon Paddling Experience

Dreaming about the ultimate river trip? Journey north to Canada's Yukon and discover the legendary allure of Yukon's river routes. With 70 mountain rivers to choose from, the Yukon offers paddlers an astonishing range of river trips—whether you're an expert or a novice.

Each of our rivers is unique but they all share traits that are increasingly rare: crystal clear waters, abundant wildlife and pristine wilderness. Yukon rafting, canoeing and kayaking tour operators and their experienced river guides are industry leaders, adhering to the highest standards for safety, wilderness skills and environmental responsibility.

Our Yukon Rivers

With four Canadian Heritage Rivers and dozens of must-run river routes, the Yukon is a paddlers’ smorgasbord. Slicing through three wilderness parks, the Alsek River is unmatched for dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife. The Tatshenshini River is a Yukon rafting classic with thrilling whitewater, lush forests and glacial lakes.

A pure sub-arctic river that finds its source among snowcapped peaks, the Snake River is renowned for beautiful hikes and painted mountains. A rafting journey down the Firth River is an enchanting, scenic passage to the arctic tundra plains.

The granddaddy of them all is the historic Yukon River, a smooth, fast waterway that combines wildlife, scenery, culture and adventure into one memorable river journey. The Teslin and Big Salmon rivers, both Yukon River tributaries, are accessible, wild rivers that run through Yukon boreal heartland known for high densities of wildlife. Or you can paddle the Macmillan, Beaver, Wind, Hess, Liard or Pelly Rivers — just some of the other Yukon rivers that await your discovery.

Dream About Your Yukon River Adventure

Before deciding on a specific river, it’s a good idea to determine what level of challenge you’re looking for. Do you want to try a whitewater rafting day trip with lodge accommodation, or are you eager for a week-long canoeing and camping vacation? Are you an experienced wilderness paddler, or would you prefer an outfitter be in charge of planning?

With dozens of spectacular rivers in the Yukon, it’s hard to choose! If rafting is your passion, perhaps join a guided ten-day whitewater rafting trip on the Alsek, Tatshenshini or Firth rivers. If you’re looking for a multi-day wilderness experience on a more tranquil river, take a guided or self-guided journey on the Yukon or the Teslin. If you have a more challenging paddle in mind, consider a guided two week journey on the Wind, Big Salmon or Snake river. If your time is limited, operators offer one-day trips on the Tatshenshini, Takhini and other rivers close to Whitehorse.

It’s Time to Start Planning!

Start your journey by reading about the Yukon’s famed rivers. Yukon tour operators describe river routes in great detail on their websites, and at Yukonbooks you’ll find guidebooks, narratives and maps describing everything from paddling routes to logistics to natural history.

If you’re planning a self-guided water adventure, Yukon outdoor equipment rental companies can outfit you with all the gear you need and arrange your transportation. Make sure you have the necessary wilderness and water rescue skills before you embark on your trip. Yukon waters are cold and conditions can be unpredictable—good planning is the key to a safe and successful wilderness adventure.

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