Map of the Teslin

The Teslin river

9-day canoeing tour
from CAD $2619

The Teslin River has been known by several names, like many features in the Yukon. The Northern Tutchone people call the river Délin Chú. Tes-s'l-heen-a, a Tlingit name, was recorded in the 1850s, although in 1882, German explorer Aurel Krause stated that the river's name was Tis-lin-hin. In 1887, George Mercer Dawson travelled though here as head of the territory's first geological exploration. He reported that the river was "known as the Hootalinkwa" to the local miners.
During the goldrush it became a secondary route to the gold fields. It was favoured by those who wanted to avoid the Chilkoot Trail and the hazardous White Horse Rapids. There was some commercial activity into the 1940s but has since returned mostly to its natural state. This tour covers the Teslin from Johnson's Crossing all the way to the confluence of the Yukon River and beyond, to the Little Salmon River confluence.
In 1896 the discovery of gold near Dawson City altered the history of the Yukon River forever. It became the main route for 30,000 goldrushers as they floated in an armada of over 6,000 boats to their dreams of adventure and wealth in the Klondike gold fields.
Over the next fifty years, towns and villages sprang up along its shore and paddlewheelers carried people and supplies up and down its waters. When modern highways were introduced into the region the river became redundant. Homes and entire villages moved to locations closer to the roads and the Yukon River was allowed to return to its natural state.

  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Medium
    max 10


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