Rivers North Publications is a small, family operated publishing company based out of Houston, B.C. Canada. The company was formed in 1983 with Jocelyn Rourke as Proprietor. We published our first book that year with Mike combining his previous years of research and river travel experience to create the Yukon River: Marsh Lake, Yukon to Circle, Alaska. RNP has grown and evolved over the thirty plus years and continues to grow as the popularity of our guide books increases and suggestions from readers help to create a product that best fits the needs of river travelers. Our daughter, Gillian, joined the company a few years ago and her years of river travel, as well as her educational background in Renewable Resources, are a great contribution to our product.
We are continually updating the maps, historical and general information. When we began producing maps, we combined the use of U.S. army air photos from the Second World War along with numerous river surveys to produce 1:50,000 scale maps before government topographic maps of that scale were available. Originally begun as a service to river travelers in the more remote locations, we have financed all of our publications personally using no government or corporate assistance nor any advertising in our products.
Please feel free to browse the site, read about each of our books, and view pictures from our trips. Thank you and we hope you will continue to choose our products both for your safety and enjoyment when traveling the rivers of northern Canada.
"Our favorite guidebooks are those written by Mike Rourke... Inexplicably, his hand-drawn maps are more clear and easier to intertret than the aerial imagery included in other map sets He details almost every available campsite and log jam... on the river."
Mike and Ashley
"Yukon River (Marsh Lake-Dawson City by Mike Rourke. The maps were to scale and very well detailed. Potential campsites were marked and there was information on a few hikes adjacent to the river. If you are only bringing one guide book, this is the one we recommend."
Bob and Barb Purney
“ ... dedicated to Mike Rourke whose books and maps of many rivers in Canada's northwest have made our river travels safe, fun and educational."
"I was amazed at the amount of historical research contained in them, both archival and on-the-ground... I have not seen this much original Yukon River and Pelly River history published anywhere else, ... The historical information is of value and interest to more than just river travellers."
Sports 'n Spokes
"For best guides available on Yukon canoe trips, contact Rivers North Publications."
If you wish to order any of our publications, please visit the Book Store link at the top right hand side of the Home Page. Our books are all available in two formats - Printed (shipped to you via Canada Post) or as Downloadable PDFs. If you choose the download option, please read and adhere to the terms and conditions.
The books on the Yukon River are available as full Guide books (history, maps, the works!) or as Map books (just maps and river description). People in larger groups may wish to purchase a combination of these two formats!
We have tried to make as many payment options as possible available to you. You can place an order and then choose one of the following alternatives to complete your purchase:
1. Send a cheque to Rivers North Publications, PO Box 151, Houston, BC, Canada, V0J 1Z0
2. Phone 250-845-3735 and use Visa or Mastercard to make a payment OR
3. Use Paypal in our store.
Although not in the Yukon, usually followed by all northeners is the legendary Iditarod sled dog race starting March 5, 2016: http://iditarod.com/
You know you are obsessed with paddling when you have to partake in the winter months as well: http://www.yukonrendezvous.com/#!hard-water-canoe-races/c1nt1
http://www.yukonriverquest.com/ The 18th Annual Yukon River Quest will take place from June 29th - July 3, 2016. Registration opened November 1st, 2015. Here's a link to an article about the 2015 quest: http://www.yukonriverquest.com/news/field-set-for-17th-annual-yukon-river-quest/
Stand up paddle boards now to be allowed in Yukon River Quest: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/stand-up-paddleboarding-to-debut-at-2016-yukon-river-quest-1.3308091
Another river race, the Yukon 1000 (Whitehorse to the Dalton Highway Bridge in Alaska), runs July 18th, 2016: https://yukon1000.com/y/rules.php
We will post more activites here as they are planned and scheduled.
Paddling northern rivers 'safely' is up to you! You are alone out there and need to be cautious. Here are TEN tips to help maintain safety 'on the water' for your upcoming Yukon Canoe Trip.
There are other ways to ensure you have a safe and memorable trip. Check the RCABC website on canoeing safety. Don't be a statistic. And, most of all, enjoy your Yukon adventure!
We have been publishing our river guides since 1983 - almost 33 years - which means we are "getting up there." Wilderness enthusiasts, canoe rental companies, and book stores often ask us when we are going to put out new guides on different rivers. We would like to be able to do that, but we just don't have available time. A large part of that dilemma is due to the fact that we feel it is necessary to keep our maps up to date and this means that we spend our river time re-running the same rivers that are already published. That's where YOU come in!! When you purchase one of our guides and then paddle the river, it would be a huge help to us, and to anyone who purchases our map books, if you could make note of any significant changes or let us know if you discover any structures or remains of structures that we do not have in our books. Due to their nature, rivers are constantly changing - cutting new channels, creating new bars, etc. - and if we had that information, it would only improve the products and make things safer for all river travelers. In 33 years, we have only had a handful of people contact us with information or comments. So, please take pictures, make notes and share with us - you will be given full credit for anything used in the books. email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!!