Yukon Backpacking and Wilderness Canoeing

Yukon Backpacking and Wilderness Canoeing


  • Backpacking and canoeing through the Yukon's remote and vast wilderness
  • Nearly continuous daylight
  • Arctic mountain, boreal forest, and wilderness river travel
  • Possibility of Indepdendent Student Group Expedition, determined by instructor evaluations and assessments
  • Canoeing on flat water, and moving to class I and II+ river sections
Take full advantage of the remote, pristine Yukon wilderness on this self-supported 30-day expedition.

This course is perfect for students wanting to develop two distinct skills—hiking and canoeing—be out for a month without re-supply, and get the quintessential Yukon experience.

With the diverse, captivating terrain, you’ll be able to focus on developing the skills to lead your peers in small groups. With all of your supplies for the month packed into a canoe, you’ll experience true expedition river travel with weeklong backpacking loops that provide incredible views of the wild Yukon peaks and spectacular ridge walks.

You may even catch a glimpse of mountain goats or caribou or get to experience the world-class fly-fishing. After this combo course, you’ll come home an excellent camper and leader with an unparalleled appreciation for Canada’s history and environment.


Location NOLS Yukon
Tuition $5,060 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 16
Duration 30 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Whitehorse, Yukon
Fly in/out Whitehorse, Yukon
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“I was able to realize my strengths and weaknesses and will be able to take experiences and challenges into the next chapter of my life and reflect further.”

-Elise H.

Yukon Backpacking and Wilderness Canoeing Grad