Province/Territory: Yukon Territory

Whitewater raft through the Yukon wilderness

  • 01 Canadian Heritage river
  • 03 UNESCO-recognized natural areas
  • 21980 square kilometres of pure wilderness

Paddle into a UNESCO World Heritage Site wilderness area that spans glacial rivers, country-sized icefields, and territorial boundaries. Kick off your two-week rafting expedition by dangling your feet into the icy glacial flows of the Alsek River. Touch an ice floe and witness Lowell Glaciers shedding a wall of ice into the milky water. Listen to the whisper of a bald eagle's wings, then watch it disappear in the jagged peaks of the North Coast Mountains. Grasp your paddle, the Alsek is ready to carry you into the vast wilderness. Drift on an iceberg-dotted lake, then step ashore to explore a glacier 60 miles long. Scan scrubby alpine meadows for moose and mountain goats. Pitch a tent on a spruce-lined mountainside, watch Dall sheep graze nearby. Toast North America's tallest mountains and largest icecaps with a gin and tonic chilled with 10,000-year-old ice. Climb aboard a chopper for a breath-taking heli-portage over the fierce whitewater rapids of Turnback Canyon. Hover over river bends and cliff drops, then descend to your expedition camp near the Alaskan border. Share chardonnay, Arctic char and camp songs with experienced guides and fellow adventurers. Hear the history of the First Nations people who still hunt and fish here. Savour this moment: the realization of a journey of a lifetime.

Why you should visit
  • Explore the world's largest UNESCO-protected wilderness area, designated for its 100-kilometre-long ice fields, tall peaks, and river valleys.
  • Notch three wilderness parks in your belt: Kluane National Park in the Yukon , Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in British Columbia and Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.
  • Raft the Canadian Heritage-designated Alsek River with a National Geographic, top-voted adventure travel outfitter.
  • Heli-portage the log-snapping whitewaters of Turnback Canyon.
  • Walk on 5-kilometer-wide Lowell Glacier.
  • Follow a traditional hunting and fishing route of the Southern Tutchone people.
  • Watch for caribou, Dall's sheep, grizzly bears, and wild salmon.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • River expeditions run in June, July and August.
  • Early season trips may include longer periods of daylight.
  • Book an early season trip to view flowers and birds.
  • Beat the crowds by booking early or late season departures.
Need to know
  • Alsek River expeditions are 10 or 14 days in length.
  • Trips are suitable for fit guests with novice paddling abilities.
  • Most camp equipment is included, what to bring.
  • Frequently-asked questions about the expedition.
Getting Here
  • Raft expeditions rendezvous in Whitehorse.
  • Book a flight into Whitehorse, or allow expedition organizers to secure group flight fares with partner airlines.
  • Driving distances to Whitehorse.
  • Access by bus is provided by Greyhound.