Canada: Great Northern Adventure (5 days)
Dawson City to Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean in 5 days!
Visit two amazing Canadian Territories in a 5 day trip. Start in Dawson City and make your way, by automobile, boat and plane, up to the Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean! Our July dates include the Great Northern Arts Festival.
Great Northern Adventure Signature Package
2017 Trip Dates:
July 15-19, 2017 (Great Northern Arts Festival / departs from Dawson City)
July 21-25, 2017 (Great Northern Arts Festival / departs from Inuvik - trip done in reverse)
August 25-29, 2017 (Northern Lights / departs from Dawson City)
August 31- September 4, 2017 (Northern Lights / departs from Inuvik - trip done in reverse)
Add a visit to the High Arctic (Herschel Island)
2017 Trip Costs:
$4,600 CAN / $ 3,800 USD per person based on twin
Wake up to a fresh northern morning in Dawson City! You’ll be departing for Eagle Plains at 8am, enjoying along the Dempster Highway breathtaking views of the Ogilvie and Richardson Mountains and a stop at beautiful Tombstone Territorial Park. Here is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique wilderness found here, as you explore rugged peaks, permafrost landforms and abundant wildlife, all of which are an integral part of the rich First Nations culture that has called this land home for generations. After your day driving on one of the most beautiful highways in the world, you arrive at a secluded hotel in the middle of the Tundra with a 360 degree view of breath taking landscape, this will be home for the night. Meals: Bagged Lunch, snacks.
Wake up and enjoy the morning coffee before departing Eagle plains, YK for Inuvik, NT around 8am. This is an exciting excursion with stops that include the NWT/Yukon border and then to the Arctic Circle, and the stunning scenery which abounds. Here is a great photo opportunity to capture the towering monuments and share the scenes with your friends as you later tell the tale of driving the famous Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle! As we continue on the adventure, we’ll be crossing both the Mackenzie and Peel Rivers by ferry and will be making stops in the Gwichin Communities of Siigehtchic and in Fort McPherson to experience their Visitors Centre, as well as to visit the graves of the lost patrol. This drive is full of sights and unique terrain, rich with history and culture, so keep your cameras ready! You’ll arrive at your accommodations for the evening in Inuvik, NT. Meals: Bagged lunch, snacks
In this morning you will wake up at your discretion, and enjoy a relaxing morning coffee and breakfast. You will also have the first part of the morning and afternoon to see the local events going on, weather that be for the Great Northern Arts Festival, or other local events during the time of your package. Around 2 pm you will be taken on a unique and informative tour to visit the sled-dog kennels and learn from a local musher about the dogs and what it takes to successfully train sled dogs. After the dog kennel tour you will experience a Town Tour of Inuvik which will teach you about the history and culture that immerses this northern community. After the tours you will be taken to the Inuvik green house for your Cultural Dinner. Here you will have the opportunity to try local food, and experience traditions clothing and artifacts, with stories and history to back them up. This is a truly cultural experienced hosted by your Inuit host. After the dinner is completed you have the even to enjoy more of the Great Northern Arts Festival including the Northern Fashion show! Meals: Dinner
Wake up and enjoy breakfast and coffee. You have an exciting day ahead, and in the early morning you will depart Inuvik and travel by boat to Tuktoyaktuk. This spectacular boat tour will take you through the second largest delta in the world, the famed ‘Mackenzie River Delta’ and the entire natural splendor! Your first stop along the way will be a visit to a bush camp where you will get a taste of the way of life here. Later, you will continue by boat on the exciting journey as you venture through majestic scenery, past creeks and channels, watching for and spotting unique wildlife along the waterway! Shortly after the Mackenzie River meets the Arctic Ocean, we will stop at a traditional Inuvialuit hunting camp where your local Inuvialuit host will speak about the history of the traditional culture, and about their way of life today. During this unique and informative tour, you will see the tools and infrastructure needed for people to live along the Arctic Coast and survive off the land above the tree line. Later you will enjoy a traditional meal prepared by your host, as you learn how it was harvested and prepared. The phenomenal immersion into culture continues while stories are passed down, and you have a chance to view artifacts that are part of Inuvialuit heritage.
Next, you will continue by boat across the Arctic Ocean from the hunting camp, onwards to Tuktoyaktuk, where you will see the Pingos – famed landmarks made of surreal geographical formations. Keep your camera handy as you can also watch for beluga whales along the way! Upon arrival at the Tuk Harbor, your local guide will meet you. Here you will learn about the rich cultural history of this Inuvialuit community and how they are connected to the landscape, as you visit the DEW line, walk on a Pingo, see an old traditional sod house, and then dip your toes or take a swim in the Arctic Ocean to earn your official ‘Arctic Ocean Certificate’! After this unforgettable tour, you will be shuttled to the airport for your flight back to Inuvik, where you will fly over the majestic Mackenzie Delta and Arctic Tundra to Inuvik. Once you have arrived in Inuvik you will be shuttled back to your hotel for the evening and a good night’s rest. Meals: Bagged Lunch, Traditional Snacks
In this morning you have free time to explore to town of Inuvik and to purchase any last minute souvenirs before you shuttle picks you up at 11:30am to depart for you flight back to Dawson City. Additional nights in Dawson City or Inuvik are available.