Kayak Navigation and Tripping

Price - $125

Date(s) - 2023 Dates coming soon

This evening course will cover navigation, tripping in a sea kayak and an evening paddling tour on a local lake.

Paddle Canada certified instructor. All gear (including dry suit if required for the course) is provided! Should you wish to bring your
own gear please let us know.

Paddle Canada Skills Level 1 Certification if you all complete all four Sea Kayak courses.

We are happy to provide custom courses, custom dates etc. Please contact us for more information.

kayak courses

Intermediate Strokes and Maneuvering

Price - $125

Date(s) - 2023 Dates coming soon

Pre-requisite: Fundamentals of kayak rescue or equivalent

This course expands on sessions one and two in offering stroke techniques used to stay balanced out on the water. You will leave feeling more
confident turning, edging, bracing and maneuvering a sea kayak. You will be exploring the boundaries of your boat, come prepared to
practice your rescue skills!

*Drysuit provided*

kayak rescue course

Kayak Rescue Fundamentals

Price - $125

Date(s) - 2023 Dates coming soon

This lesson provides you with practical self rescue skills to efficiently re-enter your kayak from an unexpected capsize.

Increase your comfort on and in the water. Be prepared for your next sea kayak adventure. We will be covering a number of self and assisted rescues
find out what works best for you!

*Drysuits provided*

sea kayaking near clifff

Fundamentals of Sea Kayaking

Price - $125

Date(s) - 2023 Dates coming soon

This introductory evening course will build your confidence to kayak in sheltered waters. This course is for you if you are looking to get into the sport or are interested in becoming more comfortable and confident out on the water!

Packraft course in Yukon

Packraft Adventures

Price - tbd

Date(s) - 2023 dates coming soon

Coming soon details on several Packrafting Guiding Adventures. Overnight trips/courses, fly in trips, hike in trip and bikepacking trips are all in the works.  Please email us if you are interested. Also check out  Yukan Canoe FB page

as we have last minute trips and adventures posted there.

We sell Kokopaelli  packrafts and Level Six Drysuits.

We rent packrafts and drysuits.  Please email


Calm water in a packraft

Packraft 102 - Whitewater Skills

Price - $350 + gst

Date(s) - June 1+2 ; June 8+9

Packrafting in the latest newest craze in Paddlesports. Packrafts are lightweight, highly manoeuvrable, fun and forgiving personal watercraft.  Yukan Canoe Packraft 102 teaches you  whitewater skills you will need for River or Creek Paddling.  We utilize curriculum developed by the American Packrafting Association and focus on learning technique.  We provide a safe, supportive yet challenging environment for you to learn & practice.   Packraft 102 builds on Packraft 101

2 full river days

We use a combination of Takhini, Watson & Wheaton Rivers

9am – 6pm each day

Our fleet comprises of Alpacka and Kokopelli self bailing packrafts complete with Thigh straps and deck bags.

All equipment including drysuits is provided.  (Running shoes are required)

Packraft 101 is a prerequiste course for Packraft 102. We have split the course for flexibility.



Packrafting group in the Yukon

Packraft 101- Learn the Fundamentals

Price - $225 + GST

Date(s) - May 14+15; May 21+22 ; May 28+29

Packrafting in the latest newest craze in Paddlesports. Packrafts are lightweight, highly manoeuvrable, fun and forgiving personal watercraft. They open up new country for your next paddling adventure. They allow you to hike  or bike into a river or lake and paddle out.  Packrafts pack down extremely small to fit in your backpack, car trunk or top shelp of your closet.  Join a Yukan Canoe Packraft 101 class to learn all about and try out some  Packrafts on the water.

Packraft 101

2 Evening Intro to Packrafting.

6:30pm-9:30pm –

1 evening on a  Lake & 1 on Yukon River

Our fleet comprises of Alpacka and Kokopelli self bailing packrafts.

All equipment including drysuits is provided.  (Running shoes are required)

Packraft 101 is a Prerequisite for our Packraft 102 course

We utilize curriculum developed by the American Packrafting Association 


group learning swift water rescue skills

Swift Water Rescue

Price - $425+ GST

Date(s) - Industry (day time)- May 21,22,23; June 3,4,5.

Course is run over 2 evenings and 2 full days or 3 full days Custom dates may be available. Skills include: Hydrology, Rescue Equipment, Swimming, Wading, z-drags and rescues, sweepers, unpinning of canoes, cinches, knots, live bait rescues. This swift water rescue course is ideal for those wanting river rescue knowledge, perfect for canoeists, fisherman, boaters, kayakers or anyone who is around rivers, creeks or streams. This rescue course is very hands on with lots of in water time, simulations and in the river practice. We may use a  rescue mannequin in simulations. Each rescue is unique so we teach you different options that you can use based on the situation.

Upon completion of the rescue course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from American Canoe Association, the oldest Paddlesport Organization in the world.


New formats  2024please contact office if you have questions. 

Industry– Traditional Swift Water course – 3 days during the week for People working around Water. – Environmental Techs,  Fishery’s,  Educators, Fisherman, Game Guaradians and Paddlers.

 2 dates: May 21-23;  June 3-5


Hybrid for Educators- Combination of online self learning+ 2 fulls days on Takhini River.  We will camp out on Takhini river.   This is a new format for 2024 targeted for Educators. Course will be Canoe focused with Boat Based Rescues. Participants will need prior Moving Water Paddling Skills.  Precourse on-line work completion is mandatory before on water days. Sign up Early so you have to time to complete assignment.

1 date for 2024 – May 25-26


Canoe Focused- Includes skills in Industry course and includes more boat based Rescue. Canoes will be the prime water craft used in course but Kayaks, inflatables & packrafts are welcome.  Course taught over 2 evenings and 2 full days.  May include camping at Takhini  River.

2 dates: June 6-7 (evenings)&  8-9(all day) or June 11-2(evenings) & 15-16 (all day) (If you are coming from outside of Whitehorse we may be able to work with you for the Hybrid Option please contact office)


Packraft Focused – Course for Packraft specific rescues/techniques  details and dates coming very soon.

solo canoeist

Intro to Moving Water Solo Tripping

Price - $399 + GST

Date(s) - May 16,18,19

This course is designed to provide you will the skills to solo a regular tandem canoe on moving water such as the Yukon, Teslin or Takhini Rivers. Perfect for those that want to paddle  solo on an extended paddle trip. We will cover front ferries, eddy turns, landing your canoe, reading the river, equipment, paddle strokes, safety and much more. You will learn how your canoe responds to you and how you are in control.

Course runs 1 evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. Locations will be determined based on current water levels and participants.  We use a combination of the following rivers: Yukon, Takhini, Watson or Wheaton Rivers.

solo playboating

Intermediate/Advanced Whitewater Solo Playboating

Price - $675 + GST

Date(s) - July 4,5,6,7 full days

Are you wanting to push your  Solo Whitewater Canoeing skills?  This course is taught in fully outfitted solo whitewater canoes designed for turning and playing in whitewater. Your solo skill and confidence will grow.  Taught will be on Yukon’s premier Canoe Instructing River – the Lapie River.  We base camp for 4 days and run various sections of the Lapie, Ketza and Ross Rivers.  We provide learning challenges appropriate for your skill level. Practicing hard moves on easier water prepares you for making your moves on more challenging whitewater.

Group may be a mix of intermediate/advanced paddlers that we offer individual challenge for each student.

We utilize video analysis of your paddling  and review video in the comfort of our  portable classroom.

$40 discount if you bring your own outfitted solo canoe