Sample Itineraries

Hit the Northwest Territories Highlights on a familiarization tour. Visit Yellowknife, the capital of the NWT, Hay River, Norman Wells or Inuvik. Let us show you some of the many unique features of our territory, and help you get the story you really want.

3 Day Winter Wonderland Excursion in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Experience the indescribable Aurora and some exciting northern outdoor winter activities in the heart of the capital city of the Northwest Territories.
Location: Yellowknife, NWT
Possible Dates: January - April

Day One

Arrive Yellowknife

 Evening:
Aurora Viewing (4-6 hours)
View the Aurora in an outdoor wilderness setting. Try out a heated and enclosed deck chair on a 360º viewing deck, with activities to amuse you till the Aurora appears.

Day Two

 Morning:   
City of Yellowknife Tour (2-3 hours)

Share the unique spirit of Yellowknife, Diamond Capital of North America™. The capital of the Northwest Territories is a little city with big city amenities, with a population from more than 90 countries. Learn about Yellowknife through visits to the Legislative Assembly, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and Northern Frontier Visitor’s Association.

Afternoon:    
Dog Team Mushing Experience (2 hours)

View our unique northern landscape from an alternate mode of transportation. Learn to mush your own dog team or you can also leave the driving to experienced mushers - go for a ride in a traditional toboggan with a world champion racing team.

Dinner:
Sample Northern Cuisine
Whitefish fresh from Great Slave Lake is a specialty. Other fish entrees include Arctic char, pickerel, lake trout and northern pike. Dressed up with a sauce, cooked in a chowder or pan fried over an open fire, our fish is highly recommended.
Muskox and bison are often available. Tasty and not at all gamey, they are served as tender steaks, tasty stew or special burgers. Bannock, the northern version of a scone, is also popular, served like a roll or as a big flat pancake broken into pieces.

Late Evening:   
Aurora Viewing (4-6 hours)
View the Aurora in an outdoor wilderness setting on the edge of a frozen lake. Trek around the site to find all the best spots for Aurora viewing and be sure to stop in at the cabin to sample a Northern dish such as whitefish stew with bannock.

Day Three

 Afternoon:
Option 1: Ice Road and Art Gallery Tour (2 hours)
Test out something uniquely northern: ice roads. Travel out on an ice road and learn about the construction and importance of these roads to communities in the North. Get a chance to view some of the NWT’s finest arts and crafts: birch bark baskets, moose hair tuftings, antler carvings and more.

 Option 2: Snowshoe Excursion (2 hours)
Snowshoes are the classic invention of northern travellers still used in traditional life on the land. Recently they've become key equipment for the sports-minded - a great way to break trail across a frozen lake or through the forest. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out on this guided tour across the snowy landscape. Learn about the local history and about the peoples that have lived in this area for centuries.

Late Evening:
Option 1: Aurora Viewing by Snowmobile (4-5 hours)
Take a snowmobile out on the lakes as you travel to a secluded wilderness cabin to watch the northern lights.

Option 2: Aurora Viewing by Dogsled (4 hours)
For a truly magical experience, try a dogsled adventure under the northern lights.

Day Four

Depart Yellowknife

 

3 Day Winter Tour in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

Have the unique experience of winter above the Arctic Circle.
Location: Inuvik, NWT
Possible Dates: February - March

Day One

 Arrive Inuvik
Option 1: Tour of the Town of Inuvik (1-2 hours) Inuvik is built on frozen delta soils called permafrost. Permafrost created unique challenges for the town planners, who decided to erect large buildings on piles driven into the ice. Learn more about the way the Town has adapted to these unique environmental circumstances. Other highlights include the famous Igloo Church and the start of the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk.

 Option 2: Dog Sled Tour (4 hours) The thrill is learning to drive your own team. Harness a team of friendly white huskies and mush your own racing sled. Head out over the snowy landscape and enjoy a traditional form of transportation that is still used by some who live off the land.

Day Two

Snowmobile Tour (6-7 hours) Drive a snowmobile up into the barrens to visit the Canadian Reindeer Herd in their winter grazing area. See this one-of-a-kind herd of 2500 animals in their natural habitat and meet a herder whose family has herded reindeer for more than 200 years.

Day Three

 Ice Road Tour (5-6 hours) Join a guided ice road tour as you make your way to the community of Aklavik, located 86 km up the ice road and west of Inuvik. View the Mackenzie Delta and visit the grave of the infamous Mad Trapper.

Day Four

Depart Inuvik

 

7 Day Tour Exploring the Falls in and around Nahanni National Park Reserve

Experience the pristine, untouched wilderness in the iconic Nahanni, rated by readers of Explore Magazine, in 2010, as one of the top 10 overall parks in Canada.
Highlights include Virginia Falls, canyons, rapids and wildlife. This trip will be conducted by one of our top rate river outfitters.
Location: Nahanni National Park Reserve area
Possible Dates: June - August

Day One

 Arrive Fort Simpson
Meet your travel group, pack any supplies and gear and head upriver via floatplane. Soar over the Nahanni Range and Ram Plateau- be sure to have your camera ready for this incredibly scenic flight. The flight will end at Virginia Falls where you will make camp and enjoy dinner.

Day Two

 Portage around Virginia Falls on a well-defined downhill trail. Enjoy a late shore lunch before heading out onto the water. This run includes Painted Canyon (Fourth Canyon) and Figure 8 Rapids (Hell’s Gate) before setting up camp below Wrigley Creek.

Day Three

Drift past the confluence of the Flat River and enter Third Canyon with walls that loom 1200 meters above the river. Set up camp half-way through this canyon for the evening.

Day Four

Paddle through the Big Bend and Second Canyon. After Headless Creek, camp will be set up in the vicinity of Deadmen Valley. The view from here includes Tlogotsho Plateau and Prairie Creek Canyon. Here, on the shores of Headless Creek, the bodies of the McLeod brothers were found in 1905 and the legend of the Headless Valley began.

Day Five

The big waves of George’s Riffle will lead you to First Canyon, the deepest of the canyons. Overnight camp at Lafferty’s Riffle.

Day Six

Test out Kraus’ Hot Springs before leaving the canyons and entering the braided channels of the Splits. From here the scenery changes to a broad valley with surrounding mountains- a drastic change from the tall walls of the canyons.

Day Seven

Visit the traditional village of Nahanni Butte before flying down the Liard Valley back to Fort Simpson. Overnight in Fort Simpson

Day Eight

Depart Fort Simpson

 

3 Day Fishing Tour in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Less than an hour’s boat ride from Yellowknife, a fisherman’s dream awaits.
Location: Yellowknife, NWT
Possible Dates: June - September

Day One

Arrive Yellowknife
  Early Evening:
Fly-Fishing for trophy Northern Pike (6 hours)
Head out in an open boat on Great Slave Lake to cast for some aggressive
Northern Pike. Also known as jackfish, they like flies, streamers and plugs. Enjoy a gourmet fresh shore dinner prepared by your guide that will undoubtedly include whitefish cooked over a campfire. Take advantage of the long days and fish into the night- it’s called the midnight sun for a reason.

Day Two

 Morning:
Cameron Falls Hiking Tour (4-5 hour)
Drive out on the Ingraham Trail, about 45 minutes outside of Yellowknife. Enjoy a moderate hike over rocky outcrops to the incredible Cameron Falls look-out on a plateau directly across from the falls. Hike upriver to a foot bridge that will take you to the other side of the falls. Lakeside lunch included.

  Afternoon:
Fishing for Arctic Grayling (4-8 hours)
Head out on Great Slave Lake to stalk another fish species, the Arctic Grayling. Arctic Grayling are members of the whitefish family and are treasured by anglers for their exciting action. They have sail-like dorsal fins and go for a small spinner or spoon or a fly rod with wet or dry flies.

Day Three

Morning:
Catch a floatplane to a nearby lodge

  Late Morning:
Fish for trophy Northern Pike
Head out from a lodge on an island in Great Slave Lake to the nearby channels where the Pike look for medium to large spoons and spinners. The most likely spots to find the Pike are in warm, slow-moving weedy waters.
Overnight at Lodge

Day Four

Morning:
Return to Yellowknife by floatplane
Depart Yellowknife

 

6 Day Driving Tour: Waterfalls Route and Great Slave Route

Driving tour of the southern portion of the Northwest Territories (and the northern portion of the Deh Cho Travel Connection).
Location: South Slave and Deh Cho regions
Possible Dates: May 15 – September 15

Day One

 Arrive at the 60th Parallel Visitors Centre from Alberta
Pick-up your special “North of 60” Certificate and take a photo in front of the 60th Parallel sign as a keepsake.

Continue north along Highway 1 for 72 km to Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park
Be sure to visit Alexandra Falls and Louise Falls- stroll the boardwalk between the falls and marvel at the 400 million year old limestone formations.
Head north to the Junction of Highways 1 and 2, take Highway 2 east towards Hay River and Fort Smith.

    Drive into Hay River, 38 kms past the junction-spend some time exploring the town of Hay River and the beach.
Overnight in Hay River

Day Two

Stop in at the Hay River Visitor’s Centre
Morning:
Option 1: Fishing on Great Slave Lake (4 hours)
Head out onto the deepest lake in North America to angle for some Northern Pike.

 

  Option 2: Visit the Hay River Golf Course
Hit the links on this 9-hole golf course with artificial greens positioned alongside the Hay River.
Continue East on Highway 2 and take Highway 5 at the Junction, 20 km beyond Hay River
Overnight in Fort Smith

Day Three

Morning:
Interpretive Tour at Wood Buffalo National Park (5 hours)
Bring a picnic lunch on this driving tour. Starting at the Salt Plains lookout, visit the salt mounds and travel by wilderness dirt road through the boreal forest. Another highlight of this tour is the Parson’s Lake Fire Tower lookout. The Salt River Day Use Area is a good area to watch for bison and other wildlife. Lastly, don’t forget the Karstland interpretive trail- a 20 minute hike to look at karst geology.

  Afternoon:
Return west on Highways 5 and 2 to Hay River
Rent a canoe for a leisurely paddle down the Hay River (2 hours)
Overnight in Hay River

Day Four

Continue west towards Fort Simpson on the Mackenzie Highway/Hwy 1 (8 hours). Highlight on this route is Samba Deh Falls Territorial Park where you can rest, stretch and enjoy the falls!
Keep a sharp look out for wildlife - black bears and sandhill cranes are frequently spotted in the area.

      Stop in at the Fort Simpson Visitor Centre to learn about Albert Faille and
pick up a map for the historical walking tour.

Day Five

 Flightseeing Tour into Nahanni National Park Reserve and local glaciers (8 hours)
Take to the sky with one of our airlines for a bird’s eye view of our amazing landscape including the Nahanni Mountain Range and the Ram Plateau.

 

Touch down for a hike and tour at Virginia Falls and touch down again on a gorgeous lake within sight of the incredible Cirque of the Unclimbables.
Overnight in Fort Simpson

Day Six

Continue west and south to the British Columbia border before continuing along the Deh Cho loop www.dehchotravel.com