Yukon River Watershed

A Canoe Adventure on the Big Salmon River

Nature Tours of Yukon

330 kms of spectacular solitude and wilderness lay ahead as you embark on this canoe trip on the Big Salmon River.


This nature adventure on the Big Salmon River will take you on an adventurous canoe trip over lakes and rivers through the magnificent wilderness of the Yukon. The Big Salmon River canoe trip starts at Quiet Lake. From here, 330 km of spectacular solitude wilderness is laying ahead of you...

The fast currents of the Big Salmon River can change quickly to easily passable rapids. It may be necessary to portage or line the canoes around log jams and sweepers.

The riverbanks of the Big Salmon River are alive with abundant wildlife and with some luck you might spot moose, bears, lynx, or wolves and often you catch sight of beavers and bald eagles.

For breathtaking landscapes, wildlife and exciting paddling join Nature Tours of Yukon on a Big Salmon River canoe adventure.


  • Small group (max 7 guests)
  • Experienced guide
  • Excellent multi-course meals
  • Good canoeing and camping equipment
  • Two nights hotel accommodation
  • Short days of paddling leaves time to fish and enjoy nature and wildlife along the river
  • Some canoe skills are required to navigate passages around sweepers, log jams and log piles
  • Opportunity to learn a few new tricks of bush craft


12 Days

Operator testimonials


Sarah, Chris, Carole and Shaheen

We wanted to send a note regarding our guide Derek. He was such a joy! We actually all really missed him when we had to say goodbye to him, I think it was harder on us than it was on him, haha. He was very informative, very kind, sweet, laid back and just overall a great person. We joked about how we wish we could adopt him into our family. In terms of our tour, the views of the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle were my favourite. The mountains, the landscape was just unreal. I've never seen anything like it. Eagle Plains and Dawson City were so INTERESTING to me! Unfortunately we didn't get to see the northern lights as it was very cloudy but I guess we'll just have to come back sometime. Thank you again all for all your help! All the best.


Hilde and Klaus with Tina

The holiday is over. What remains are beautiful memories. Our Tina was there for the first time in the winter – she too was so facinated. I think we've really infected her with the Canada Winter virus. The only downer: unfortunately we could not experience the finish of Allen Moore – at the time we were already over the Coast Mountain of BC. But Robert drove us the day before departure to Carmacks so we could experience Allen Moore's arrival at the checkpoint. That was really great; I filmed him on his ride over the frozen Yukon River. That was much more interesting than the arrival at the checkpoint. We would like to thank you very much. Nature Tours of Yukon is really a lucky draw in an ever-widening pot of sellers. In a possible rating of five stars, we give you six. In a nutshell, we will definitely recommend you. Greetings. Until we meet again.


Dr. Steve (Scotty, Vince and Logan)

I am back at work at the hospital and have more heart surgeries lined up than I can count. I look back on our recent experience and find solace. I am so appreciative of your work and service. I can't say enough great things about Robert, our guide ... please say hello for me.  I am looking towards next summer. Do you have other backpack trips the Bailey Clan can tackle? We would want Robert and our only request would be smiles all around. Please talk to Joost and see what might work. Thank you again.