Fort Selkirk from Minto landing on Yukon river

Fort Selkirk from Minto landing on Yukon river near Carmacks, YT

This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
40 kms
Canoeing, River Kayaking
Carmacks, YT
User xtremepeaks

Fort Selkirk is a living cultural heritage site and a very special place, it is a cherished reminder of the past. Fort Selkirk provides a rare glimpse into the native way of life and a look at the history of trade and settlement in the North.

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Paddle down the Yukon River through spectacular wilderness scenery, past numerous islands. There are a number of great camping spots, including one about 6km downstream from Minto where you can camp next to an old trappers cabin.

At high water it is possible to use any of the main channels around the islands. The most numerous islands occur after some 30km and are called the Ingersoll islands.

Finally some higher mountains appear and a vertical basalt wall rises on the far side of the Pelly river, where the unlaciated area of the Yukon began. When you see 2 large holes in the cliff, you must keep left as you are very close to Fort Selkirk. The holes are not caves, they were made by artillery practice in 1900 during the 200 men militia presence at the Fort.

This is also a perfect place to camp or have a picnic, (kitchen shelter, firewood, garbage bins, outhouses with toilet paper and food lockers are provided) then explore historic buildings and artifacts. The magnificent setting and total remoteness of the place touch every visitor.


Drive north from Carmacks to Minto Resorts sign and turn left at about km 428. Go to the river and park to the left of the Minto resorts gate. There is a boat launch place here and camping spot. You can start here.

You will need to get back to Pelly Farm from Fort Selkirk, Dale Bradley from the Farm can pick you up with his motorboat and take you to the road end at the Pelly River 7km away. You need to leave another car there, it is 52 km west on gravel road from highway 2 at Pelly Crossing.


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Carmacks, YT

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Fort Selkirk via Yukon river

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