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Canoeing expedition on the Snake River in northern Yukon | CA-RRA2204

This challenging canoeing expedition on the Snake River is true wilderness experience


Accessible only by float plane, this stunning trip begins aboard a DeHavilland Beaver or Otter air plane that takes you into a lush alpine valley, moves through the awe-inspiring Mackenzie Mountain range and drops you off in the tranquil Duo Lakes.


  • Snake River
  • Mackenzie Mountains
  • Duo Lake
  • Bears, wolves, moose, dall sheep, caribou
  • Historic Fort McPherson settlement
  • Dawson City

From there begins a 500 kilometer, three-week long epic journey down the Snake River. On the way, you'll pass through or portage around several rapids, have the opportunity to see bears, wolves, moose, dall sheep and caribou, and hike off into the surrounding landscape. There will also be plenty of fishing, a chance to visit the historic Fort McPherson settlement, and an excursion to Dawson City before returning to Whitehorse.

Paralleling the border of the Yukon and Northwest Territories, the Snake River is one of the most remote northern rivers that offers superb mountain hiking without the mosquitoes of the tundra.  This river is known for its exciting Class II whitewater and beautiful scenery.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability Jun - Aug
Duration 22 days
Departs From Whitehorse, YT
Difficulty Moderate / Challenging
Group maximum 10
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No
Region Yukon Territory


4 535
Per Adult
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Availability (2022):
Based on double occupancy.
Single supplement $478.

  • June 7-28
  • July 19-August 9

What's Included

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  • Canoe
  • Camping equipment
  • Floatplane transfers
  • Historic tour of Dawson City
  • All meals on the canoe portion of the trip
  • Accommodations in tent campsites along the river (18 nights)
  • 2 nights hotel in Whitehorse and 1 night in Dawson City

Suggested Clothing

  • Warm jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Sneakers
  • Gloves
  • Bathing suit
  • Towels
  • Personal clothing suited to variable temperatures

What to bring

  • Duffel bag for packing items on float plane (required)
  • Warm sleeping bag (rated up to -10 degrees Celsius) (required)
  • Sleeping pad (required)
  • Canvas duffel bag or backpack (required)
  • 1-2 small waterproof bags (required)
  • Fishing gear
  • Tackle and license
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlights

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Guide Information: Your guides are licensed and very experienced and knowledgeable of the area.

Restrictions: Not for novice paddlers. Your paddling skills are at an intermediate level, you can handle your canoe or kayak in most weather conditions and have basic whitewater skills.

Transportation: Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon.  Floatplane trip to start of canoe expedition and ground transfer back to Whitehorse are included.

Weather: Summer temperatures average between 10-22 degrees Celsius.

Meals & Dining: All meals on the canoe portion of the trip are included in the price. However, meals in hotels are not included. 

town of whitehorse canada

Arrival in Whitehorse, meeting of group members. Overnight in the Hotel Whitehorse.

riverside landscape in summer

Drive with the van to Mayo/Sheldon Lake & float plane transfer to the Duo Lakes.

camping near snake river bank

Start of the canoe expedition down the Snake and later Peel Rivers.

orange tents in a field

Arrival in Fort McPherson.

Southbound drive with the van via Dempster Highway, last camp around the Tombstone Mountain Range.

Historic tour through Dawson, overnight in a hotel in Dawson City.

Return to Whitehorse via Klondike Highway. Overnight in a hotel in Whitehorse.

Transfer to Whitehorse airport or connecting program.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
A 10% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.

Anytime after confirmation: 10% of total, 60-30 days prior to arrival: 25% of total, 29-05 days prior to arrival: 60% of total. Within 5 days; 100% of total.