Aug 28, 2018

Paddling the Big Salmon River - Part 1


A few weeks ago, we enjoyed a short break in our busy summer calendar to go on our own adventure. This time we didn’t go on a trek but on a canoe trip! We paddle 240km on the Big Salmon River, its headwater is at Quiet Lake and its known to be wild and great for wildlife viewing.

From Whitehorse to Quiet Lake along the South Canol Road

Organisation wise we couldn’t leave Whitehorse before the end of the day. Simon who was dropping us of picked us up at around 5pm but driving to Quiet Lake was not the only plan for the rest of the day. Indeed, Simon was taking us because we wanted to explore the South Canol Road for a project we are working on together.

After driving for three hours and exploring for three hours we got to the shore of Quiet Lake, almost 12:30am and we still planning on crossing the lake tonight. 8km to get to the camp at the end of the lake to be ready to start our canoe trip the next day bright and early (?)!

Of course, Simon is really motivated as he just bought a new electric motor, but on our side, we have to be ready for a 2-hour paddle across the lake in the middle of the night. The good news is that the lake is really calm, so it will be easy to cross and we’re in the land of the midnight sun, so the lights are amazing at that time of the night!

We finally got to our campsite at around 3 am, we found a flat spot in the dim light and set up camp. Ready to go to sleep and dream about our soon to be starting canoe trip!

Exploration along the South Canol Road

We discovered nice little spots along the way

Crossing Quiet Lake at 1 o'clock in the morning!


  • Travel Yukon
  • Yukon Wild
  • Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon
  • Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
  • Lauriers de la PME 2016