Frequently Asked Questions

1) Food Re-Supply
The Yukon with its over 480,000km2 is vastly wilderness. Most river routes and hiking trails lead through very remote country with limited access, where re-supplying is not easy unless dropped by air-lift. There are some exceptions such as Carmacks on the Yukon River, between Whitehorse and Dawson City or Faro and Pelly Crossing on the Pelly River. These communities have medium sized grocery stores and gas stations, however the prices are a little higher in these locations than in Whitehorse and stock is not guaranteed.

2) Trip Menus
Meal planning comes down to personal preference and what you are comfortable carrying and cooking in the wilderness. A lot of paddlers and hikers take instant pasta, rice dishes, and other pre-packaged meals for ease and convenience. The majority of our Yukon rivers require little or no portaging, so carrying fresh vegetables, fruit and cans of soup, beans, etc. is also an option. Smoked and sealed meats will keep a while and make really tasty meals. If you are interested in fishing, please do not forget that the best supper around (and totally biodegradable / burnable) is a scrumptious meal of Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike or Lake Trout that you caught yourself!

3) No Trace Camping
You take it in – You take it out!
Up North Adventures promotes and funds the preservation of plants, fish, wildlife and natural communities representing the diversity of life within our precious nature. As a member of the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon we agree to the current valid Code of Conduct in the Wilderness: to minimize all impact while traveling in the wilderness.  We follow best environmental practices such as to lessen impact of campfires and campsites, properly dispose of all waste and respect wildlife and historical sites. This will ensure that the Yukon stays clean and healthy for future generations of animals, visitors and the people who live here! We will gladly send out any information needed to help you plan and conduct a No Trace Wilderness Trip.

4) What to bring
There is no substitute for quality gear. You don’t want to find out your equipment won’t hold up to the rigors of the wilderness two days into your trip when it cannot be replaced. We have recommended clothing and equipment list for all the variety of activities you may plan and we are happy to send them to you in advance. Our well stocked retail store can help with any last minute items or gear that has not been brought along.

5) Food & Supplies
Whitehorse is a very modern city. There are full amenities and you can purchase all of your food and supplies here before your trip. We sell freeze dried meals here in our retail store, and most grocery stores are open late for your convenience.

6) Insects
Campfire smoke is a great bug repellent! But mesh bug shirts or head nets and any repellent containing DEET (e.g. Deep Woods Off or Muskol) are excellent deterrents and are available at our retail store.

7) Phones
There is absolutely no cell phone coverage along any route you will paddle – you are in true wilderness! We are happy to arrange for a Satellite Phone rental. Please let us know if you are interested in this service and we can provide more details.

8) Bears
Both grizzly and black bears can be seen just about everywhere in the territory – if you are lucky! Providing you keep a clean and tidy campsite with your food stored well away from your tents you should not have a problem. We have a free brochure on ‘No Trace Camping’ and ‘Bear Safety’ at our shop in Whitehorse and can send it to you in advance of your trip with any books you would like to order. Many of our clients choose to take along a can of bear spray / repellent in case of a chance encounter. Bear spray can be purchased at Up North Adventures, but for liability reasons we opt not to rent bear spray.

Please take a moment to review the Yukon Government’s document on How to Stay Safe in Bear Country

9) Safety
As we help you plan your trip, our first concern is to ensure that your paddling skills and experience level match the skill class required for the river you would like to paddle. If you are unsure of what river to paddle we are happy to help assess your skills, goals for the trip and find the right match.

10) Gratuities
Many people are unsure what the policy is around tipping of guide staff. Hopefully we can help here: Tipping is not mandatory, however most guests choose to tip their guides. If your guide has gone above and beyond to help make your trip an enjoyable and memorable experience, you may choose to leave them a gratuity at the end of your trip as a form of thanks. Just think of your guide as the hardest working host, server, and chef of your favorite restaurant 24 hours a day for the duration of your trip. Gratuities can be provided directly to the guide in cash. While the amount people tip is completely a personal choice, most guests will choose an amount around 3-5% of the booking fee per person.

11) Liability
Before you leave on your trip, all persons must sign Assumption of Risk & Release from Liability forms verifying where you are going, what activity you will be doing, what your destination is and the planned time of your arrival, how many people are going, and what canoe, life jackets, and paddle numbers you have. If you do not reach your destination at the time planned, we then call the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), who will take over. It will be up to them to notify Search and Rescue if they think they need to. If a helicopter is needed during a search and rescue operation, the costs are incurred by the persons they are rescuing. Please contact your travel agent before leaving your country to gather information on travel / medical / accident / evacuation insurance.

12) How to get here?
The Yukon is most accessible by air or ground transportation. The Whitehorse International Airport receives non-stop flights departing Frankfurt, Germany from May to October as well as flights several times daily from Vancouver, British Columbia and several times weekly from Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.

If you are planning one of the greatest road trips in the world, you will arrive into Whitehorse on either the Alaska Highway or the Klondike Highway. The scenery is breathtaking, so make sure your camera is handy and you give yourself plenty of time to stop and explore. Both car and RV rentals are available in Whitehorse if you choose to fly first and then drive from here.

Travel Links

Air North is a Yukon airline providing airline passenger & cargo service to the Yukon from British Columbia, Ontario, Northwest Territories, and Alberta.

Condor Ihr Sonnenflieger
Air Canada
One of Canada’s major airlines with many International routes
Driving Force A vehicle rental company with offices in Whitehorse.

We pride ourselves on having a spotless track record of safety.
We have been guiding and planning trips for guests to the Yukon since 1991.

We will do our utmost to help make your visit to the Yukon as safe and enjoyable as possible.