Canadian Yukon

Start your journey to the Yukon

Express interest for 2023

Wake up to the remote wilderness of the Yukon as you explore the landscape and paddle downstream.

Start your journey to the Canadian Yukon with British Exploring Society today and explore the landscape of the Yukon by foot and canoe.

Witness remnants of the goldrush reclaimed by nature while learning about the habitat of majestic animals like the wolf, moose and bald eagle. Gain new practical skills as you document your experience through creative media projects and take part in scientific fieldwork.

Led by experts, the expedition has been designed to take you out of your comfort zone in a challenging yet safe environment, with a real focus on the skills and personal development you will gain from the experience. The safety and support of our Explorers is the cornerstone on which we build and develop an expedition from conception through to departure and return.

The vast majority of young people return from our expeditions with a wealth of new-found practical skills, new friends-for-life and a real sense of personal development – all of which can have tangible benefits for the future.

  • Applications open for 2023
  • Age 16-25
  • Explorers to fundraise towards the charity
  • 24th July - 14th August 2023 (3 Weeks)
  • Canadian Yukon
  • Electronic Travel Authorisation required for British passport holders
  • Some vaccinations are needed (further details given nearer the time)

I know that in the future, wherever I go and whatever I am doing, this experience will still be holding a positive influence on my mindset.

Young Explorer Ilayda, Canadian Yukon 2019

What's Included?

  • An adventurous expedition programme built on 90 years of experience
  • UK Explorer Training to prepare you for expedition
  • British Exploring Society Expedition Certificate
  • John Muir Explorer Award Certificate
  • Support with your Duke of Edinburgh Award (residential only)
  • Participation in Next Steps reunion and reflection event
  • Lifetime membership of British Exploring Society
  • Support to continue your development journey after expedition

What's Involved?

  • You will have the opportunity to explore the natural world, being mentored and supported by expert leaders, expedition medics, scientists and adventure professionals
  • Work towards a Fundraising Challenge to develop your confidence and gain invaluable skills to help you in adult life and employment
  • Enjoy a diverse programme of scientific study and research and take part in creative media projects to document your expedition.
  • Build your character, resilience, determination and teamworking ability while exploring amazing wilderness
  • The opportunity for DofE participants to complete the residential section of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
  • Work towards your John Muir Award (Explorer Level) for environmental awareness and conservation.

Join us. You are about to change your life

Express interest for 2023


It doesn't matter where your starting point is; you'll return with more confidence in your own abilities; greater resilience, determination and courage - and a sense of self-belief that will stay with you for life.

I completely opened myself up in an entirely new and thrilling environment. Not only did I return as a person who had developed a great deal and who had in many ways matured, I did so with many new friends at my side.

Gus - Young Explorer, Canadian Yukon 2019

“My life goals became a lot clearer and I understand myself a lot more now. I know that in the future wherever I go and whatever I am doing this experience will still be holding a positive influence on my mindset. At the start of this expedition I was in the middle of nowhere with a large group of strangers, at the end I was in an amazing place with friends I now have for life.”

Young Explorer Ilayda, Canadian Yukon 2019

To see how far we had come in 3 weeks in terms of fitness was incredible but also seeing how much stronger we were emotionally was unbelievable. This experience proved that I can do anything I put my mind to and with determination and support from those around me anything is possible.

Charlotte Youlden Young Explorer Canadian Yukon 2019