Yukon River Watershed

Customized Yukon River Canoe Trips

Cathers Wilderness Adventures

Paddle along the Yukon River with an experienced guide and enjoy an experience of wilderness and history.


This trip involves paddling the beautiful Yukon River, interspersed with drifting breaks along the way where we let the current carry us along as we watch the scenery go by. We stop along the way at places of historical interest and may also be lucky enough to see wildlife. At night, we camp near the river, cooking our meals over a campfire. In June and July, we enjoy seeing wildflowers and experiencing "the land of the midnight sun," where it never gets fully dark at night. In August and September, the darkness starts to return at night and we may be lucky enough to see northern lights, as well as the leaves starting to change colour. Trip options include two to three days from Whitehorse to our wilderness homestead at Lake Laberge, six to eight days from Lake Laberge to Carmacks, or other trips further downriver towards Dawson.


  • Canoeing the Yukon River combines wilderness and history on a waterway that was important to the First Nations people of the area and later was the main route to the  Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, and the main transportation route in the paddlewheel steamboat days until the 1950's.
  • These days, the river is a beautiful wilderness trip, ideal for canoe camping, with reminders of these previous eras along the way.
  • A guided Yukon River trip can be suitable for those with little or no canoeing experience.
  • We are a family-run company, guiding on the Yukon River since the 1970's.
  • Trips are personally guided by our family and often begin or end at our family's off-road, off-grid wilderness homestead and sled dog kennel at Lake Laberge.
  • Trips can be designed around your schedule and interests or you may wish to join a trip that is already going during the dates you want.
  • Extra days can be added for a more leisurely pace, extra time to explore along the way, or the ability to take a rest day at a favourite camp. 
  • Guests may wish to add extra time at our wilderness homestead before or after the trip for hiking with our sled dogs, or just for an extra night's accommodation.


2–18 Days