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“You don't have to be on the river to appreciate it”
Review of Yukon River

Yukon River
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Arctic Day: Yukon River Canoeing Tour
Ranked #75 of 125 things to do in Yukon
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

As you drive northward on the Alaska Highway, just before you cross the Yukon River there is a large parking area on your right. There is plenty of room for RVs. There is also a boat launch, and the Sunday we were there it was very busy with locals launching their boats.

This is a good place to easily view the Yukon River. This is very near to the accepted "beginning" of the Yukon River and I found it hard to comprehend that this river keeps flowing north and west for nearly 2,000 more miles.

At the parking area, there are some informational signs about the river. Looking downriver, you can see the Lewes Dam, which was the first dam on the Yukon, although it has been replaced several times since it was originally built in 1922!

If you want, you can walk down to the river's edge and dip your toe in, although we opted not to since we didn't want to look like ridiculous tourists :-) There is also a handsome blue bridge here which is a popular subject for photographers.

In Whitehorse, you can arrange for boat tours and/or rentals as well as canoe rentals on the Yukon. For those who don't have the time or inclination to be out on the water, this parking area by the bridge provides a way of getting up close to the river for a few minutes - then back out on the road again.

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Reviewed 30 June 2012 via mobile

The Yukon has all the beauty and majesty to match any other part of Canada but has the added feature of being uncrowded by tourists and in most areas natural and untouched as when explorers did the journey over 100 years ago.

After a short trip on a river in Whistler, we took our first ever Canoe trip on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Lake Laberge (about 30-35km? by river) and loved it. I'm sure we would have seen more with a guide but we saw at least 6 eagles (mostly Golden Eagles, I believe) and quickly taught ourselves how to navigate the Canoe on the River's moderately fast but technically unchallenging waters. There were a few Mosquitos but nothing like some of the reported horror stories. We only saw one other Canoe and one motorboat during the 5 hours on the water.

Based on our day on the River, I'd love to come back and do a much longer trip on the River.

We rented our Canoe, life jackets, river maps and dry bags from Kanoe People in Whitehorse who also provided a pick up service from Lake Laberge back to Whitehorse and would strongly recommend them for short and longer trips.

Like any self-guided trips away from populated areas, you need to be self dependent but this trip is as good an introduction as you can get.

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Reviewed 18 February 2012

If there is a place on earth that is safe and exciting with a view of every animal you would ever dream to see in Canada - come to the Yukon. The Yukon River by boat is the best wilderness experience you and your family could enjoy. Travel the way of the Goldrush and just hear quiet broken by wild birds and Animals. For those that worry about bugs - B-1 Vitamin patch now av available in most outdoor shops and Walmart will make your Yukon trip all you want.

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