Paddle to the Festival

Up North Canoe Packages

Want to arrive at the Dawson City Music Festival in style? We are thrilled to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with Up North Adventures – three different canoe packages that include your DCMF weekend pass and everything you need to set out on the water!
The Yukon River is best known for assisting the gold-seekers during the Klondike Gold Rush, but has since become known for its breathtaking scenery, untouched wilderness, and endless wildlife.
This is a fascinating and pleasurable river for both beginners and advanced paddlers – you’ll see relics of old steamers, cabins, and gold dredges along the way. At the end of your adventure, you will reach the historic “City of Gold” just like the stampeders did over a hundred years ago – by boat!

Each package includes a weekend pass to the Festival, transfer to the starting point of your river trip, a tandem canoe*, and return transportation from Dawson to Whitehorse. Up North Adventures will provide details on where to leave your canoe and equipment upon arrival in Dawson, prior to your departure on the river.  
*Tandem canoe package includes 3 paddles, 2 life vests, a bailer/sponge, bow and stern lines, and a throw-bag

Minto to Dawson

325 Kilometres


Time: Approx. 5 Days (325km)
This package is perfect for those who would like to paddle a part of the Yukon River, but may be limited on time.
On this section, you can explore the first Euro-American settlement on the upper Yukon River at Fort Selkirk. The many islands strewn across the river make a great habitat for moose, so keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready!
Departure Shuttle:
10AM, Monday, July 16th
from Up North Adventures
Return Shuttle:
12PM, Monday, July 23rd
from the Downtown Hotel

Carmacks to Dawson

415 Kilometres


Time: Approx. 8 Days (415km)
This route is great for those who want to spend a little more time on the water, and it begins with excitement as you run the famous Five Finger Rapids shortly after leaving Carmacks.
Between Rink Rapids and Yukon Crossing, you can look for a layer of white volcanic ash known as Sam McGee’s Ashes, which is thought to be from eruptions in Alaska some thousands of years ago.
On its stretch to Dawson City, the river widens and accommodates for a lot of islands and channels which break up the river width and make for a unique landscape.
Departure Shuttle:
10AM, Friday, July 13th
from Up North Adventures
Return Shuttle:
12PM, Monday, July 23rd
from the Downtown Hotel

Whitehorse to Dawson

735 Kilometres

A red canoe beneath cliffs along the Yukon River

Time: Up to 16 Days (735km)
This option is ideal for those who have plenty of time to spare and would like to experience the beauty of the Yukon River all the way from Whitehorse to Dawson City. You will paddle down Lake Laberge which showcases beautiful scenery and a ton of great campsites to choose from.
Once you reach Lower Laberge, you will start traveling down the Thirty Mile Heritage River. This is a faster section of the river and offers excellent fishing and more amazing views. You will have the opportunity to explore Hootalinqua, a historic Northwest Mounted Police outpost, and many other interesting sites along the way including Big Salmon Village and Little Salmon Village.
After about 8 days you’ll reach Carmacks where you can resupply, grab a burger at the Coal Mine Campground, and have a shower before continuing on to Dawson City.
Departure Shuttle:
Custom Dates Available
from Up North Adventures
Return Shuttle:
12PM, Monday, July 23rd
from the Downtown Hotel



Rate: $575.00 +GST per person*

Packages include a DCMF weekend pass! Based on a 2 person minimum booking.

Camping in the DCMF Overflow Camp Ground in Dawson will be available for purchase as of May 1st. 

Additional paddling and camping accessories are available for rent through Up North Adventures.


For more information or to reserve your canoe package today, contact Up North Adventures by email at or by phone at (867) 667-7035.

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