Enjoy one of the most authentic cultural experiences in Canada's Arctic at the Muskrat Jamboree. The Muskrat Jamboree is a vibrant and fun festival in Inuvik during the month of March. The festival includes traditional food, cultural games, music and dancing. Enjoy the full experience of the festival and also the chance to see locals herd over 3000 domestic reindeer on snowmobiles.The tour starts in Yellowknife, the vibrant capital city of the Northwest Territories.
Arrive in Yellowknife
Welcome to the Northwest Territories! Set in the wondrous natural surroundings of Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife is a remarkably modern city. It's a city where you can experience authentic nature and traditional culture without foregoing urban amenities. Whether you are exploring the backroads, dancing under the Aurora Borealis, enjoying a dogsled ride, ice fishing for world class trophies or watching the skillful cutting of a brilliant northern diamond, we know you'll enjoy the character of our city and feel the warmth of our northern hospitality.
Enjoy a customized experience in Yellowknife this afternoon. Your guide will take you on city wide tour and give you some insights of what it is like to live in the North. They will take you to all the iconic sites including, Pilots' Monument, the mine heritage centre, the Legislative Assembly and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.
Flight Departs for Inuvik
Your flight for Inuvik will depart in the morning from the Yellowknife Airport.
Arrive in Inuvik
Welcome to Inuvik! The Town of Inuvik is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Witness the Land of the Midnight Sun and the mesmerizing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, in the beautiful and vast Mackenzie Delta, Inuvik prides itself on being authentic, accessible and amazing. The Town of Inuvik is ready to welcome you to the Western Arctic and all that it has to offer.
After a long Arctic winter, the sun shines bright and the people of the Mackenzie Delta come out for several days each spring to eat, play, dance and celebrate the coming change in weather during the Muskrat Jamboree. At this four-day festival you can try your hand at ice chiseling, harpoon throwing or jig the night away to great fiddle and guitar music, not to mention the dog races, community feasts, drumming, dancing and much more!
Check into your hotel and then head over to the Muskrat Jamboree for the official Opening Ceremony and Community Feast.
Enjoy a Morning at the Muskrat Jamboree
You will see the traditional Inuvik Drummers and Dancers perform. There will also be traditional jigging, jiving and old-time dancing.
Participate in some community games such as, Log Sawing, Egg Toss, Plank Walking, Harpoon Throw, Tug of War, Muskrat Skinning, Tea Boiling.
Experience the Reindeer
Northwest Territories is home to Canada's only free-ranging herd of domesticated reindeer. Take a tour to the place where the herd cross on their way to their spring calving grounds. It's an incredible sight as the over 3,000-strong herd move through the terrain, herded by skilled individuals on snowmobiles.
Northwest Territories is one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis. Spend the evening Aurora Viewing alongside a warm fire and warm beverages. The only difference this time is that you will be viewing from within the Arctic Circle!
Drive to the Community of Tuktoyaktuk
Drive the new Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway, the all-season road which opened in November 2017 and connects Inuvik to the Arctic Ocean.
Tuktoyaktuk is located on the Arctic coastline and home to many attractions such as the second largest Pingo in the world, the Trans Canada Trail, and rich Aboriginal history. Here you will have a town tour, to see all the local monuments.
Enjoy another evening of beautiful Aurora viewing in Canada's Arctic.
Enjoy a final morning in the Town of Inuvik. Head to the local shops to purchase a hand made northern souvenir before your flight departs back to Yellowknife.