A 120m aerial view of Five Finger Rapids, also known as the Five Fingers, located on the Yukon River north of Carmacks, Yukon. Four islands of composite rock divide the river into five narrow channels of which only the eastern is passable.
The Five Finger Rapids were a common obstacle for gold seekers during the Klondike Gold Rush; the Yukon River was originally believed to be unnavigable above the rapids. From 1900 to around 1927, blasting was undergone at the rapids, widening the channel by 6 metres (20 feet).
The Five Finger Rapids are mentioned in Jack London's novel The Call of the Wild. The Five Finger Rapids are also mentioned in Alastair Humphrey's novel Thunder and Sunshine. Humphrey's canoe tips while passing through the rapids during his four-year journey around the world by bike.
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