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Yukon River Watershed

Yukon River – The Classic (Canadian Signature Experience)

Ruby Range Adventure

Paddle the length of this iconic river, or just a part of it. This is our most popular tour, and for good reason.

Overview

Travel the length of the Yukon's most iconic river in a classic tandem canoe, retracing the route the thousands of gold- and adventure-seekers who rushed to the Klondike in the famous spring of 1898. With a small group and experienced guide, you will paddle all of the 730 kilometres between Whitehorse and Dawson City, travelling more than two weeks through a wilderness of Yukon proportions.

Apart from a one-day layover to re-supply at the town of Carmacks, we will be camping on gravel bars and forest clearings along the river, sharing campfires and hot meals in our well-equipped wilderness camps. Our expedition visits historic ghost towns at Hootalinqua, Big Salmon, and Fort Selkirk, where members of the Selkirk First Nation generously share some of their knowledge and stories of the land. Our final destination is Dawson City, where a hotel room and two days of fun in the gold rush capital are waiting.

Prior experience paddling open Canadian canoes is not required.

Highlights

  • Wilderness camping
  • Expedition-style canoeing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Expert guides and instruction
  • Fishing
  • Visit historic sites and ghost towns
  • Includes hotel accommodation in Whitehorse and Dawson City
  • Food, canoe and camping equipment provided

Details

Duration
8–20 Days
Level
Moderate
Dates
June–September
Price
$1,570–$3,135 per person

Operator testimonials

ONE OF THE BEST WEEKS I’VE EVER HAD

Jen

I did the seven-day dogsledding trip with Sky High. It was absolutely amazing. The location just out of Whitehorse is very convenient, the staff are fantastic and the experience is something most of us only dream of. Our guides on the sled trails varied throughout the week which was actually a great thing. While they are all incredible everyone has a different teaching style and you find that you pick up tiny little things from each instructor during your stay. The lodge is really nice and the best part is that you are completely Off The Grid. NO Wi-Fi, no power, it's great. Jocelyn will take cameras and camera phones on a nightly basis to charge if required but unless you are using your phone as your only camera, you may never need to get anything charged. The outhouse is very cool (literally in -30 I imagine) but it is away from the lodge. About 20–30 metres I would say, so plan your evening drinks accordingly. I got up the first night to use the outhouse and the stars were so stunning that every night if I woke up I would get up and head out to the balcony for five minutes of star gazing. What a view. You learn everything you need to about your dogs. How to put them on, take them off, untangle them mid mush, feed them and of course poopa scoop. Its very comprehensive and leaves you feeling that you could actually learn this as a skill if you wanted to stay a fair bit longer. We kind of got thrown in the deep end a bit as they unfortunately had a drastic change in weather and the snow was disappearing fast, but even then you knew you were in good hands. Everything was very safe and there have been very few things that I've done that were that much fun. The staff, the guides, the lodge and the experience were all first rate. Dogsledding isn't for you if you are a bit princess-like though. You need to stay focused, listen, do what you are told (immediately), not care that you are going out to the loo in your long johns (trust me you just do it), love being without Facebook or Instagram for a week, and you need to enjoy good wholesome food. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sky High to anyone and everyone who would like to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

FLEXIBLE AND ACCOMMODATING

Hailey

I went to Sky High Wilderness Ranch for their four-day Hike with Huskies. When my trip date was approaching I was informed that I was the only one who had booked the four-day hike that week. At first, I was a bit worried but I really shouldn't have been! Owner Trudi reached out to me with a fabulous new itinerary which included a day trip to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Hot Springs. My itinerary was adjusted to include two hikes, several horseback rides and the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Hot Springs day trip. A four-day hike would have been great; however, I honestly wouldn't have wanted my trip to go any other way. I would definitely recommend Sky High Wilderness Ranch for a short ride or a week-long trip. The owners and staff are incredible people with awesome stories and the surrounding views are spectacual. The accommodations are perfect with a cozy, rustic feel.

WELL WORTH THE MONEY

Ruth S.

This tour was perfect! I can’t imagine a better way to visit "the last frontier." Our driver–guide was a joy to be with and full of interesting and funny stories. The itinerary and the included excursions were very well done; the majority of the optional excursions that I participated in were well worth the additional money spent, especially the Kenai Fjords tour.

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