Just two hours north of the IWLS expedition center in Haines, Alaska lies the open tundra and towering peaks of Canada’s Yukon Territory. As part of the largest protected wilderness area on the planet, British Columbia’s Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park and the Yukon’s Kluane National Park offer IWLS students an unrivaled outdoor experience. These parklands are recognized and protected under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention as an outstanding wilderness of global significance. Kluane National Park and Reserve is home to Mount Logan (5,959m/19,545ft), Canada’s highest peak and the second highest in North America. Numerous glaciers, such as the Donjek, Alsek, and Kaskawulsh, descend from the high mountains and give birth to the mighty rivers of the Yukon.
Backpacking & Whitewater
Canada’s Yukon Territory contains some of the wildest rivers and remote backcountry areas on the continent that have lured adventurers for years. From huge, braided glacial drainages to tight gorges and plunging waterfalls, the rivers of the Yukon offer varied features, perfect for learning and polishing skills.
12 and 24 days
The expansive wilderness of the Yukon captivates backpackers as they hike over high mountain passes overlooking glaciers, safely cross braided river channels, or navigate through alpine tundra filled with wildflowers. Herds of mountain goats and dall sheep, brown bears and black bears, caribou, moose and sometimes wolves are spotted by students.
IWLS Yukon river courses access such legendary rivers as the Tatshenshini, considered by many to be one of the ultimate river trips in the world, and the Tutshi, with its challenging rapids. Depending on the season and flow, courses may also explore the remote McNeil River, the challenging canyon of the Primrose, or the consistent rapids of the Hess River.