Teslin River – Carmacks

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“It’s the great, big, broad land ’way up yonder,
It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.”
Robert Service Bard of the Yukon

On May 29, 1898, ice broke on Lake Bennett, and a flotilla of over 7000 built boats began an epic journey to the goldfields of the Klondike near Dawson City.For a moment we find ourselves in a time warp… It is a place you can’t see. You feel it. Here there is a wider sense of place – planted in our intellect by people we never met or knew and by events we never witnessed. On the Yukon River, it takes hold of you as you drift around each corner and discover some new remnant of time.”John Firth/River Time.

We will paddle the Teslin River. Aside from its standing as one of the Yukon’s great rivers, it avoids Lake Laberge, where strong funneled winds can make canoeing potentially very dangerous and can delay safe travel for days.

Once you begin the Teslin River guided canoeing adventure, you are transported into a world of calming serenity, picturesque scenery, and connection with people that are and were the great story that is the Teslin River. The Teslin may not have the name recognition that the Yukon River has, but it is in its own right as culturally and historically relevant to the story of the Yukon.

mapyukonWe will join the Yukon River at Hootalinqua and from there to Carmacks.

  • reminders of the movement of people and sternwheelers on the river are evident to this day.
  • visit to Hootalinqua, a significant trading and sternwheeler depot during the gold rush.
  • visit to Shipyard Island with derelict remains of the sternwheeler Evelyn rests.

Yukon RiverPrincipal Route to 1896 Klondike Gold Rush.
Bowron Lakes – Quintessential Lake Canoeing Experience in Canada.


“The canoe trip on the Yukon and Teslin Rivers was definitely a highlight of my vacation in Canada and I feel lucky that I could share the experience with such a wonderful group of people. Thanks again for making the canoe trip such a success!” ~ Pascale LeManquet, Belgium

Self Guided Yukon River” If you decide that a self guided Yukon River or Teslin River paddle is your choice, we recommend our excellent river guidebooks on our menu bar at the top of the page.

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