Yukon Canoe and Bike

Combine canoeing and biking at the Top of the World!

Dates: July 8 – 16, 2022

Cost: $3695 per person

Riding: 100 river miles, followed by 144 miles over a mix of paved and gravel roads, see Route Map

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Experience the best of the Yukon Territory with canoeing, biking and live music!

Dawson City, once known as the “Paris of the North,” is our start and end point for a unique combination of a river trip and bike tour. We take to our canoes on the historic Yukon River for 100 miles from Dawson to the town of Eagle, Alaska. The current moves you along at a good clip, though there is no whitewater. Experience the beautiful solitude along the hundred mile river journey as you camp on the shoreline and visit relics of the area’s gold rush past.

After crossing back into the United States, we pull off the river in Eagle, AK in for a comfortable night in a local B&B. We reconnect with our van, trailer, and bikes for the scenic ride back to Dawson City on the Taylor and Top of the World Highways. Stunning views of the Yukon Plateau await in a territory the size of California, with a total population of approximately 30,000 people! The biking portion is fully supported with a mix of gravel and paved roads.

Upon returning to comfortable lodging in historic Dawson City, we have a celebratory dinner and enjoy a night on the town. Optionally, extend your trip and stay for the Dawson City Music Festival. Since 1979, the historic city has held a music festival that draws artists from all over Canada for three days of fun and entertainment.

Tour cost is $3695 per person for the 9 day itinerary ending Saturday the 16th. Optionally, for $200 per person, we’ll extend your lodging reservation for an additional day and you’ll have use of your bike to explore Dawson City and take advantage of the music festival!

Trip Details


 

Arrival & Departure | Dawson City, YT. Flights via Whitehorse on Air North are the recommended travel method.

Capacity |Tour minimum is 4, maximum is 10.

Bikes | Hybrid bikes appropriate for gravel roads are included, along with a light weight rear rack with a trunk bag for gear storage while riding. E-Bikes are not available for this itinerary.

Vehicle Support | Our 15 passenger van will meet us in Eagle, AK and will travel with us back to Dawson for tour support and to transport gear.

Other Equipment | Canoe, paddles, life jackets, padded seats, and dry bag storage are provided for the river portion. All the camp and cooking gear are also provided.

Tour Equipment


 

Specialized Crosstrail

All Canoe Gear Included

Vehicle Support Prep in Dawson

Itinerary

The following daily itinerary is an outline of our activities. The schedule may vary due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Please contact us with any questions.

Days 1 – 3: We put in on the Yukon River mid-morning on day 1 and begin our 100 mile float to Eagle, Alaska. Days 2 and 3 are full days on the river, with brief stops at points of interest and for snacks and breaks. We spend these three nights camping on beaches along the river.

Day 4: We arrive in Eagle, Alaska and take out of the river. Our van meets us here and we say goodbye to the boats and hello to our bikes. We’ll check into our B & B and enjoy a hot shower. This evening, you can explore the historic town on foot or bike and prepare to set off on our ride the next day.

Days 5 – 8: Our ride starts with a big climb from the river valley up American Pass. You continue south on the Taylor Highway before turning onto the Top of the World Highway and crossing the US-Canadian border back into Canada. This section provides stunning views across the Yukon Plateau. The ride continues along the ridge to the east, savoring views of the Tombstone Mountains and the Yukon River Valley. Your last day of riding ends with a short coast to the river and a short ferry ride across, back to Dawson. You spend the night in the hotel in Dawson, eat out at a local favorite restaurant, and experience the famous Dawson night life.

Day 9: After a farewell breakfast you have time to explore Dawson. You depart in the afternoon by plane to Whitehorse or stay for the optional Dawson City Music Festival. You can spend the night in Whitehorse and explore this northern city before you head home.

 

Tour Extension

Dawson City Music Festival Logo

3 Day Music Festival Extension: Optionally, extend your trip by staying for the Dawson City Music Festival. The Yukon Canoe and Bike tour is scheduled to finish in Dawson just as the festival is kicking off.
 
The Tour Extension includes 2 additional days of lodging at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City and a weekend ticket to the festival. Everyone is on their own schedule for food and fun during the festival.
 
The Dawson City Music Festival features excellent Canadian musicians playing a variety of genres, a relaxed atmosphere, and a chance to enjoy historic Dawson City.
 

 

Lodging & Camping

This tour consists primarily of camping along the Yukon River and in campsites along the Taylor and Top of the World Highways. In addition, we stay at:

The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City is located in a building that dates back to Dawson’s Gold Rush past. Its comfortable modern rooms blend in  with the historic setting. Enjoy entertainment at Diamond Tooth Gerties and dining at the Jack London Dining Room.

Downtown Hotel, Dawson City

The Falcon Inn is located in Eagle Alaska on the bank overlooking the Yukon River. It is a comfortable B & B with rustic charm. You’ll have time to bike or stroll around the community and visit the historic fort.

Maps

Map of the region from the Milepost guide. Our route starts in Dawson City, takes the Yukon River to Eagle, and the returns to Dawson by Bike.

Route Profile from Ride with GPS. See full route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29128603

Ykon Canoe and Bike - Eagle to Dawson Ride