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Canoeing expeditions on the Lower and Upper Stikine River in British Columbia

Paddle one of British Columbia's last great wilderness rivers on these canoeing tours down either the Upper Stikine and Lower Stikine River. Many have called the Stikine River the "gateway to the vast interior of northwest Canada," making a canoeing adventure on this wilderness highway unforgettable. 

Coursing through the Coast Range, the Lower Stikine River or "Great River," as it's known by the local Tlingit, boasts vast glaciated mountains, icebergs, hot springs and First Nations fish camps.  Wildlife viewing is excellent - grizzlies, black bears and Bald Eagles are attracted to the lush coastal environment. John Muir, travelling up the Stikine from its mouth in 1879, called the lower Stikine "a Yosemite 100 miles long."

Travel through two countries and paddle through some amazing coastal scenery on this Lower Stikine River trip.  This 165 mile (267 km) canoeing expedition begins near the town of Telegraph Creek in British Columbia and winds its way to the coast, ending in Wrangell, Alaska.  Along the way you will pass by vast glaciated mountains, icebergs, hot springs and native fishing camps and there is excellent wildlife viewing all along the route.

On the Upper Stikine trip you beginning in a long mountain lake nestled in the dramatic Spatsizi Plateau. From here you'll canoe the Upper Stikine River and explore the alpine reaches of Spatsizi Wilderness Park. The Stikine River offers an exciting and varied experience for paddlers comfortable with Class II and III whitewater.  Your journey culminates at the "Grand Canyon" of the Stikine River and the Spatsizi wilderness park is home to B.C.'s largest herd of woodland caribou.

The Upper Stikine, a coastal range river, takes us on a 225-kilometre journey with an elevation drop of 303 metres (approx. 909 feet) from the top of the Spatsizi Plateau to the upper end of the river's Grand Canyon. 

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River Canoeing


Moderate / Challenging

Your guides are licensed and very experienced and knowledgeable of the area.  Our licensed guide/interpreters are among the best in the north. Because guides are the most significant variable in selecting a holiday, we maintain a 1:4 guide to guest ratio to ensure that you receive maximum benefit of their knowledge assistance and good nature. We strive for the most consistent level of knowledge of flora, fauna, geology, geomorphology and cultural human history.


Novice moving water experience required for the Lower Stikine River.

Paddlers comfortable with Class II and Class III whitewater required for the Upper Stikine River.


Requirements: Proof of citizenship for US and Canadian participants on the Lower Stikine trip. Sleeping bag and pad, sunglasses, sunscreen, day pack, insect repellent, water bottle, pocketknife, matches, whistle.


Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon. Whitehorse is accessible by air from Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary.


Average summer temperatures range between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Northern Interior British Columbia

Canoes and equipment, tents, group camping equipment.


Waterproof rain gear (not Goretex), long pants, sweater, warm jacket, windshell, shorts, long underwear, warm socks, hat, bathing suit, sneakers, hiking boots, neoprene booties. Full packing list provide upon booking.


Camera (waterproof), binoculars, flashlight, bug jacket, fishing gear.


Accommodations in tent campsite while on the river.  Hotel accommodations before and after the trip are required and not included in the price.



All meals while on the river are included.  Meals while staying at the hotel are not included.

Jul 15, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
$7610.00 / per person - CAD
Lower Stikine river trip.
Jul 04, 2018 - Jul 17, 2018
$7610.00 / per person - CAD
Upper Stikine River trip.
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
Your deposit is refundable less a $100 administration fee until 90 days prior to your trip departure date - then your final payment will be due, and all deposits become non-refundable. Trip Cancellation & Medical Evacuation Insurance is available, and highly recommended. Insurance is refundable until the 90 day non-refundable period.

Jul 15, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018

Day 1

Arrive in Whitehorse, Yukon the night before. You are responsible for arranging your own hotel and meals.

We’ll meet 8 a.m. in the hotel lobby after breakfast (not covered). After driving to the airport we will fly to the “picture perfect” gold rush town of Telegraph Creek on the Stikine River downstream of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine. Once in the tiny community of Telegraph Creek, we’ll load the canoes and prepare to travel the short distance to our first camp in the vicinity of Tsikhini River. Once on the Stikine you’ll immediately feel the speed and power of this grand river.

Day 2

Floating past First Nations fish camps, we’ll pass the tiny community of Glenora. Now nearly a ghost town, it once held 10,000 occupants and was the head of steamship navigation. From here the river begins its cut through the highly glaciated Coast Range. Camp will be in the vicinity of Jackson’s Flats.

Day 3

The swift-flowing but smooth river will whisk you further into the land of the Stikine. Increasingly larger mountains appear on the horizon and we watch for grizzlies, moose and Mountain goats. Camp will be in the vicinity of Little Canyon.

Day 4

Making our way into the dramatic region of the Flood River Valley, many glaciers begin to dominate the horizon. Camped along the river, we’ll read stories of the rich First Nations and gold rush history of the region.

Day 5

The river channel broadens and braids. New panoramas await around each bend. We’ll camp in the region on Mud Glacier – Don’t worry! It’s far more beautiful than the name implies.

Day 6

Days 6-7: Flood and Mud Glaciers are but two of the ice caps that dominate the valleys feeding the river in this stretch. Seals may be seen in the main channel at this point as they follow the spawning salmon. The Great Glacier once breached the river and was the sight of a clash between Tahltan and Tlingit warriors. We’ll camp here and a hike from the river will take us to an ice berg-dotted lake at the foot of the glacier where it now resides. If possible, we’ll use our boats to paddle among the ice flows. This portion of the Stikine passes into the Coastal Western Hemlock and Mountain Hemlock biogeoclimatic zones. Even at this latitude there is a rich rain forest ecosystem supporting eagles and ravens, steelhead and salmon, bears, foxes, wolves, Mountain goats and numerous other mammals. Its wetland habitats are particularly important to water fowl and moose. Sitka spruce, cottonwoods, yellow cedar, white fir and abundant wildflowers are present. Nearly a million migrating birds of the Pacific Flyway use the delta and wetlands.


Day 8

Back on the river your guides will organize fresh salmon at a local fish camp. Camp will be in the vicinity of Goat Creek Islands.

Day 9

After a paddle down a hidden back channel you’ll be rewarded by a soak in the luxurious hot water of Chief Shakes Hot Springs. Splendid scenery will top off a memorable day. If river conditions allow, we’ll make our way into Shakes Lake for a closer interaction with spectacular glaciers.

Day 10

Making our way through the delta we’ll enter the rich coastal environment of Frederick Sound. The scenery continues to please. Skirting the shoreline, we’ll paddle to the colorful fishing community of Wrangell, Alaska. Camp will be in this coastal community and you’ll have time to explore the town.

Day 11

We’ll leave Wrangell in the afternoon via the Inside Passage Ferry. This provides a classic view of the famed Alaska Inside Passage. Steaming through the villages of Petersburg, Sitka and the state capital of Juneau, we’ll have berths. Showers are available and you’ll have access to all the ship’s facilities. Be sure to have proof of your citizenship with you for U.S. and Canadian customs.

Day 12

We’ll arrive in the historic gold rush town of Skagway, Alaska late in the evening. We can help you arrange hotel accommodations. (Participants are responsible for their own hotel costs. We’ll send you Skagway attractions and hotel information.)

Day 13

The following morning, we’ll drive through the dramatic White Pass. The two-hour drive will get us to Whitehorse by early afternoon. You can book your flight to leave Whitehorse for 4 p.m. or later. Otherwise you may want to relax for one more evening and fly out the next day.

Day 14

Depart for home.

Jul 04, 2018 - Jul 17, 2018

Day 1

Arrive in Whitehorse, Yukon the night before. Arrange your own hotel accommodations and meals.

The next morning we’ll drive to Dease Lake to catch our charter flights into Tuaton Lake. Winging over the Spatsizi Plateau, you’ll to keep your camera handy. By evening we should have everyone in camp on the picturesque shore to the long mountain lake.

Day 2

Following the ridge from the lake, we’ll hike into the alpine country of Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park. The open ridges afford panoramic views, wildflowers and hopefully sheep, woodland caribou and other wildlife.

The Upper Stikine makes a 225 kilometre (140 mile) journey with an elevation drop of 303 metres (909 feet) from the top of the Spatsizi Plateau to the upper end of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine. The Plateau country is panoramic and dramatic. We’ll encounter rapids that will require a short portage to negotiate safely.

Day 3

In the morning we’ll begin our paddle down Tuaton Lake. As we traverse the lake, we’ll review strokes that will be necessary to negotiate the rapids once we reach moving water. Camp will be in the vicinity of the stream linking Tuaton Lake with Laslui Lake. Fishing in these waters is likely to be rewarding.

Day 4

Another hiking day will take us into the ridge country among the peaks to explore further.

Day 5

We’ll paddle the length of Laslui Lake, making our way to the mouth of the Stikine River and engage the river, taking us to Fountain Rapid portage.

Day 6

Days 6-9: The river will now rule our days with swift excitement. Scenery will change with each bend in the river. Scouting from the river, we will negotiate the Class II and low Class III rapids. Previous river reports indicate some well-marked portage trails.

Day 10

On the final descent of the river prior to the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, we’ll savor our final day of the river. After reaching the canoe take-out at the Cassiar Highway bridge, we’ll make our way back to Dease Lake for supper and a good night’s sleep. (Accommodation and meals while in Dease Lake are each participant’s responsibility. Lunch on this day is the last meal provided.)

Day 11

This is the homeward bound day for those on the Dease Lake option, unless you are awaiting the Lower Stikine expedition.

For those on the Whitehorse option, we’ll be travelling the scenic Cassiar and Alaska highways back to Whitehorse.

Please note that hotel and meal costs are not included.

Day 12

This is the day that you’ll be able to catch your flight home.