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Duration
17 days
Activities
Accommodation
  • 16 nights hotels, B&Bs and private cabins
Meals
  • 12 Dinners
  • 12 Lunches
  • 15 Breakfasts

Trip Code: SOG6931

Overview

Trip highlights


  • Views of the aurora, nature's greatest lightshow
  • Diverse flora and fauna of Canada's subarctic region
  • Experience Dënesuliné culture firsthand
  • Dine by the Sombe Ke and Lady Evelyn Falls of the spectacular Waterfalls Highway
  • Dip your toes into the Great Slave Lake along wonderful beaches
  • Soar through Nahanni canyons on the way to the breathtaking Virginia Falls

Experience the spectacular sights of one of Canada’s most pristine wilderness areas, the Northwest Territories. Amidst the mesmerizing colours of the Northern Lights and the untamed wilds, this journey will take you through the spectacular Thaidene Nëné, Wood Buffalo and Nahanni national parks. An impressive array of flora and fauna exists throughout this pristine wilderness, known for its nature photography and wildlife viewing. Bald eagle and buffalo, loon and muskox, bear, moose and wolf all make these remote northern tundra regions their homes. Since this subarctic region is located directly beneath the Earth’s “Auroral oval,” visitors and inhabitants have many successive nights throughout the autumn and winter each year to marvel at the intense and flickering dance of the aurora. Your tour is timed to provide ample viewing opportunities of this natural wonder. A thrilling bush plane flight amidst breathtaking canyons will lead you atop the awe-inspiring Virginia Falls.


After breakfast, we will embark on an in-depth tour of the city. Enjoy plenty of stories and visits to cultural highlights such as the Legislative Assembly and the Prince of Wales Heritage Center. The First Nations communities of N'Dilo and Dettah are featured throughout the city and represent the local Dene population. The Dene people are the original habitants of the area of land stretching east to west from the Hudson Bay. After lunch, we'll explore the Buffalo Airways hangar, featured in the History television reality series Ice Pilots NWT, with their vintage aircraft, and pass the home of the renowned "Ice Road Trucker". We will see the old town of Yellowknife where gold seekers arrived as pioneers over 80 years ago and a giant mine site.

Meals:  B

On the way to Hay River we will visit Behchokö, the largest Tlicho community with approximately 1950 people. As our road continues to Fort Providence, keep your eyes open for bison. Today we will enjoy a lunch with a great view overlooking the Mighty Mackenzie River and engage with locals that come to welcome us. After a nice break and having stretched our legs, we continue to Hay River.

Meals:  B,D

This day we explore Hay River's beautiful beaches and old town along with a visit to the local heritage museum as we learn of the community's history. By the South Slave area you may find fossilized footprints of a sarcopterygii — or walking fish — estimated to be over 360 million years old. Later in the day we will head to Louise and Alexandra Falls for a hike on which you will learn traditional medicine practices before having dinner by the appealing cascades.

Meals:  B,L,D

For the next two days we will explore Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada's largest park representative of Canada's Northern Boreal Plains. Wildlife in the park includes wolves, black bears, the world's last surviving whooping cranes, and of course, bison. Look for a wood bison at the salt plains as you admire the contrast of red samphire against the whiteness of the salt from ancient seas. We will continue with stops at a sinkhole, pass the nesting cranes breeding grounds, and arrive at Fort Smith in time for dinner. After dinner, we will visit the Rapids of the Drowned, a prime spot to view the American white pelican. Enjoy a stroll on one of the walking trails along the riverbank overlooking the rapids or make it to The Rocks, where you can enjoy a great view of the pelicans feeding in the whitewater rapids. The next day we will enjoy some of the trails in the park. With endless hiking possibilities, from gentle walks to more challenging hikes, we will not have a shortage of discoveries. Our day of exploration ends at Pine Lake, an aquamarine lake in the middle of the boreal forest.

Meals:  B,L,D

A long drive awaits us to make our way to Fort Simpson, our gateway to the Nahanni National Park. Located in a mountainous landscape, the Nahanni River flows through Canada's deepest river canyons, past hot springs and geological features so unique that the Nahanni River was among the first World Heritage Sites to be declared by the United Nations in 1978. En route, you will enjoy lunch at Kakisa, home of Lady Evelyn Falls. We will continue on and enjoy dinner at Sombe K’e falls, a traditional transport route during the fur trade. Today we can hike the trails which we're uses by travellers whom where forced to portage the dangerous stretch of water.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we embark on the most spectacular part of our Northern adventure. The Glacier Lake, Little Doctor Lake and stunning Virginia Falls flight will take you past three vast canyons. The vast expanse of the Victoria Falls (nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls) captivates photographers and hikers with a tireless display of powerful drama. Keep an eye out for Dall sheep on cliffs.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we explore the small village of Fort Simpson, brimming with Dene culture and wonderful people.

Meals:  B

We will enjoy a leisurely morning and prepare for our flight back to Yellowknife. Upon returning to Yellowknife, you will have some free time to enjoy on your own. We will transfer to hotel.

Meals:  B,L

Today we will walk on the back trails of Aurora Village to learn about the flora and fauna that people of this land have used for centuries. Our cultural hiking experience takes you on a journey of learning about the local traditions of the land and the wildlife and flora of the area. Enjoy some bannock, the north's comfort food. While their ingredients are simple, making bannock is an art that takes years to perfect. In the evening watch the Aurora dance in the sky across the wilderness of the Northwest Territories from the picturesque Teepee village.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the airport for a chartered flight to Lutsel K’e. You will be welcomed by local hosts with a warm meal, and be brought to the lodge to settle into private log cabins. Take some time to explore the lodge and its natural surroundings, and you may spot porcupines, Arctic hares, kestrels or mink. Next up is a guided interpretive hike up the Stark River. By the end of the day you will enjoy a healthy and hearty meal prepared by the in-house chef on the deck overlooking the lake. The lodge is a great place for viewing the Northern Lights after sundown.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a wonderful breakfast of local Saskatoon berry pancakes or smoked trout eggs benedict, you will head out onto the seemingly endless waters of Great Slave Lake. You will explore the land and water while sightseeing in Thaidene Nëné. Admire the cliffs along the aptly named Redcliff Island and hike one of the impressive bald rock hills overlooking the East Arm for a breathtaking view of the planet's 11th largest lake. Search out herds of muskox and other arctic wildlife along the rugged shoreline or explore even more areas of the East Arm and Thaidene Nëné. Your journey at the park will also include your introduction to Dënesuliné culture. After a visit to the Thaidene Nëné National Park Office you will be guided up to the top of the hill that acts as a scenic overlook of the community, the lake, Stark River before enjoying a scenic picnic with local tea prepared over an open fire. After making your way back down to the community, you will be able to participate in traditional skills workshops with local knowledge holders. Everything from jewelry and clothing making to hide work and even smoked fish workshops. We round out your trip to Thaidene Nëné – Land of the Ancestors – with a traditional community feast of local foods, learn about / participate in handgames, and enjoy a local arts and crafts sale. In the evenings you're invited to sit around a bonfire at the Fire Circle, on a refreshing Finnish sauna and a dip in the lake or simply to relax and enjoy the view from the lounge deck. The Northern Lights will delight and entertain.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a wonderful breakfast of local Saskatoon berry pancakes or smoked trout eggs benedict, you will head out onto the seemingly endless waters of Great Slave Lake. You will explore the land and water while sightseeing in Thaidene Nëné. Admire the cliffs along the aptly named Redcliff Island and hike one of the impressive bald rock hills overlooking the East Arm for a breathtaking view of the planet's 11th largest lake. Search out herds of muskox and other arctic wildlife along the rugged shoreline or explore even more areas of the East Arm and Thaidene Nëné. Your journey at the park will also include your introduction to Dënesuliné culture. After a visit to the Thaidene Nëné National Park Office you will be guided up to the top of the hill that acts as a scenic overlook of the community, the lake, Stark River before enjoying a scenic picnic with local tea prepared over an open fire. After making your way back down to the community, you will be able to participate in traditional skills workshops with local knowledge holders. Everything from jewelry and clothing making to hide work and even smoked fish workshops. We round out your trip to Thaidene Nëné – Land of the Ancestors – with a traditional community feast of local foods, learn about / participate in handgames, and enjoy a local arts and crafts sale. In the evenings you're invited to sit around a bonfire at the Fire Circle, on a refreshing Finnish sauna and a dip in the lake or simply to relax and enjoy the view from the lounge deck. The Northern Lights will delight and entertain.

Meals:  Nil

One last morning to enjoy the sights and sounds of the East Arm. Following breakfast, you will pack up and be able to say your goodbyes before it is time to head back to the airstrip for the return flight back to Yellowknife where your trip ends.

Meals:  Nil


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