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There is a lot more to the Yukon River than exquisite landscape, as wolves, grizzly bears and moose are often seen at the river’s edge.

Ospreys, golden eagles and vividly-coloured mountain bluebirds fill the skies, and otters and beavers occupy the water.

The source of the Yukon lies deep in the densely forested coastal mountains of British Columbia. From there it flows northward, traversing the Yukon Territory and Alaska to its mouth on the Bering Sea.

Yukon means 'great river' in the native Gwich’in language, and there is simply no better way to describe it. At times it can seem as if you are the only human in this immense wilderness.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, American black bear, northern river otter, golden eagle, Canadian lynx
  • Where: Yukon, Canada

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Canoeing the Yukon River

This active outdoor adventure retraces part of the route of the Klondike Gold Rush, camping on the banks of the river in a vast wilderness surrounded by wildlife and relics of the region's past. One of the North America’s longest rivers, the Yukon is rich in wildlife, with moose, bears and lynx.

  • When to go: Jun-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour