Bonnet Plume River | Yukon's Last Frontier Canoe Route

Kayaking / Canoeing in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

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One of North America’s last true frontiers, the Bonnet Plume River winds through the majestic Peel Watershed along the Mackenzie Mountains into the very heart of Yukon’s untouched wilderness. If you have ever been on a canoe trip before this one you will want to cross off your bucket list. The... Show more
One of North America’s last true frontiers, the Bonnet Plume River winds through the majestic Peel Watershed along the Mackenzie Mountains into the very heart of Yukon’s untouched wilderness. If you have ever been on a canoe trip before this one you will want to cross off your bucket list. The Bonnet Plume River stands out as one of the premier whitewater wilderness rivers in Canada. It is technically challenging, particularly from just below Bonnet Plume Lake to the junction with Knorr Creek, where Class II and III rapids are frequent with isolated stretches of Class IV and V. Surrounded by this unique and breathtaking sub-arctic scenery you will discover wildlife like caribou, moose, bears and wolfs in their untouched natural habitat. The Bonnet Plume forms a significant part  of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) and offers excellent opportunities for wilderness activities.. Excellent camping locations offer opportunities for scenic day-hikes, particularly in the alpine areas, which are readily accessible from the river. The diversity of wildlife, vegetation and scenery of this expansive and beautiful region provides an exceptional opportunity - get ready to be amazed on this 20 days canoe expedition into the Yukon wilderness.Show less

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Getting to Yukon By AirCondor
flys direct from Frankfurt/Main to Whitehorse twice a week (Tuesdays
and Thursdays) between the middle of May and the beginning of October. Daily service is available to Whitehorse through Vancouver, B.C. via Air Canada. Air North,
Yukon’s Airline provides Boeing 737 service daily from Vancouver and
Mon/Wed/Fri from Calgary or Edmonton to Whitehorse, as well as Hawker
Siddeley 748 service between Whitehorse, Dawson City, Inuvik and
Fairbanks. (Note: Fairbanks service is on a seasonal basis). Getting To Yukon By Road Alaska Highway - from Dawson Creek, British Columbia (approx. 900 miles to Whitehorse) Stewart Cassiar Highway (No. 37) - from Kitwanga, British Columbia (approx. 800 miles to Whitehorse) Use our Online Directions Planer to get the best driving directions. Motorists are advised to check the Yukon Road Report
(issued weekdays) before driving these highways. The Alaska Highway, in
better condition than the Stewart Cassiar, is undergoing major upgrades
at points throughout its 1,388-mile (2,233-km) length.
Gasoline prices along the Alaska Highway and Stewart Cassiar Highway
range from approx. 95 cents/litre to over 120 cents/litre in remote
locations. Signs indicating the distance to the next gas station are
posted on both highways. Rental vehicles in the Yukon are available through Norcan Sales-Rental-Leasing (National Car Rental) and Budget Rent-a-Car. Getting to Yukon By Ship The Alaska Ferry System & Marine Highway
runs vehicle and passenger ferries between Bellingham, Washington, and
several ports-of-call in Alaska. To reach the Yukon, disembark at
Skagway and head over the White Pass, or dock at Haines and enter via
the Chilkat Pass.

State / Region
Yukon Territory
Zip / Postcode
60.7189651 -135.056258


Day 1: Arrival in Whitehorse, where you’ll meet your fellow group members. Opportunity to discover the famous capital of the Yukon; stops should include the SS Klondike, one of the last Yukon sternwheelers still around and a visit to the McBride Museum. Overnight in a local hotel.
Day 2: Today will be spent getting used to your equipment and paddle partner. We’ll travel to Kluane NP and spend the day on the Blanchard and Tatshenshini Rivers. The waters of the famous Tatshenshini (also a Canadian Heritage River) are similar to conditions we will encounter on the Bonnet Plume River. Return to Whitehorse. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3: In the morning we will drive from Whitehorse to Mayo where a floatplane will bring us to the start of our expedition at Bonnet Plume Lake.
Day 4: In complete AWWW of the beautiful landscape we will spend the day hiking in the mountains surrounding the Bonnet Plume Lake.
Day 5: After only a short while on the Bonnet Plume River we will encounter the first class 2-3 current in the Rockslide Canyon.
Day 6: The river presents itself with a pleasant and steady current with the occasional chute – some to be run, some to be scouted first.
Day 7: Today we continue on through some rock gardens with boulders to watch out for.
Day 8: After the first days of excitement on the river, today offers a welcomed relaxing paddle on a substantially braided river to the next camp.
Day 9: Once again you will get the opportunity to show off your paddling skills as you paddle through another canyon calling for some demanding maneuvers. After the canyon, the river flows with steady class 2-3 whitewater and bigger waves.
Day 10: Today will provide some time to soak in all the unforgettable moments on the river over the past few days as we take a break from paddling and go on a day-hike to one of the surrounding peaks (6 hours return).
Day 11: The river presents some easier currents today, so we’ll take the time to enjoy the wildlife, the scenery and possibly go on an other hike.
Day 12: Today’s paddle will bring us to Fairchild Creek; a particularly beautiful part of the Bonnet Plume River.
Day 13: As the river continues throughout broader valleys we’ll hike to Fairchild Lake today (4 hours return) and also have the chance to visit a remote hunting outfitter’s camp.
Day 14: Even though we are leaving the whitewater of the river behind, the current is still strong as we head towards the Peel River basin.
Day 15: Today we will explore the Peel Canyon as we join the Peel River.
Day 16: We will encounter the last class 2 whitewater before we leave the canyon.
Day 17: Our final day on the river will impress you with the shear beauty of this magical landscape as we make our way towards our last camp.
Day 18: At ”Taco” Bar, the float plane will pick us up and we’ll fly over the vast expanse of northerm Yukon back to Mayo. Once in Mayo, we’ll drive back to Whitehorse. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 19: This morning you will have time to explore the capital of the Yukon, Whitehorse. Maybe you want to do some shopping or simply enjoy the many attractions this city has to offer. In the afternoon we’ll visit Takhini Hot Springs to relax in the soothing warm water under the wide open skies of the Yukon. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 20: Transfer to airport or connecting program.


  • Expert guidance on the entire trip
  • Canoes and camping equipment
  • Overland transportation
  • Float plane transfer from Mayo to Bonnet Plume Lake
  • Float plane transfer from Taco Bar to Mayo
  • 2 person tents (16 nights)
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse
  • All meals on canoe trip
  • Airport Shuttle in Whitehorse


  • Meals in hotels
  • Fishing license
  • Personal extras
  • Gratuity

Please Note

As the trip is done in expedition fashion changes in travel itinerary
are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.

Terms & Policies

All rates published are NET rates and priced in CAD-$. GOODS & SERVICE TAX (GST): All prices are subject to 5% GST. Invoices must be paid in their respective currency to the appropriate bank (account information provided on each invoice). We acccept bookings by mail, fax, phone or via this form.

Deposits: 25% of the total invoice is required 14 days after the date of confirmation. In some cases we require up to 50% deposits to confirm reservations.

Camping Tours: All invoices must be paid in full 30 days prior to arrival! Hotel Tours: All invoices must be paid in full 45 days prior to arrival!

The following cancellation fee schedule applies to all invoices unless otherwise noted in advance. These fees will be noted on our confirmation.
Cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellation fees are based on percentage of the total invoice and based on the date cancellation is receives in our office.
Anytime after invoicing: 25% Anytime after invoicing: 25%
45 days prior to departure: 40% 60-45 days prior to departure: 40%
30 days prior to departure: 60% 44-30 days prior to departure: 60%
No Show: 100% Within 30 days: 100%
If the minimum number of participants has not been reached, we reserve the right to cancel a tour 14 days prior to start of the tour. You will be notified immediately and you are entitled to a full refund. If we or our partners are forced to change the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances, like forest fires, floods, breakdowns, all decisions are left to the discretion of the tour guide.

Ruby Range Adventure chooses its suppliers (e.g. hotels, carriers and other suppliers providing tour services) with great care. These suppliers are, however, independent contractors and Canadian Ruby Range Adventure cannot be held responsible or liable for their acts or omissions.
For all activity programs (river rafting, horseback riding, canoeing etc.) in Canada clients will have to sign a “waiver of liability”. The non-resident tour operator is under the obligation to inform the client in time that a waiver of liability has to be signed. Ruby Range Adventure will, of course, always do its best to ensure the greatest possible safety for all its clients. Ruby Range Adventure can also not be held liable for changes in tour itineraries due to weather conditions, acts of God or special conditions beyond our control.
All costs that may result from any delays of passengers at the airport or any delays that might occur at the end of the trip are the responsibility of the client. Ruby Range Adventure cannot be held liable. Furthermore, Ruby Range Adventure cannot be held liable for the contents of any brochure prepared by a wholesaler or tour operator and any misrepresentation of our tours therein.
Should clients encounter problems during their trip they are required to contact Ruby Range Adventure immediately in order to solve the problem. Should a written account of concern be filed, it has to be sent to Ruby Range Adventure within 4 weeks of completion of trip. Claims received after that date cannot be considered.
An all inclusive acccident- and luggage insurance for your tour is very important and highly recommended. Please see your travel agent.

Cancellation policy

If cancelled up to 14 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the entire activity price may be charged.

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