Inuit Festivals & the Road to the Arctic
Inuit Festivals & the Road to the Arctic
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Highlights: Vancouver - Whitehorse - Inuvik - Tuktoyaktuk


Other departures: Manchester - £6199, Birmingham - £6199, Bristol - £6199, Norwich - £6199, Newcastle - £6199, Edinburgh - £6199, Glasgow - £6199


Activities:
- Inuvik’s Springtime Muskrat Jamboree Festival
- Reindeer Herding with the Inuit People
- Drive on the ‘Mackenzie Valley Arctic Highway’ to the Beaufort Sea
- Northern Lights Viewing in Whitehorse and Inuvik
- Drive on an Ice Road


Itinerary:


Day 1 Arrive in Whitehorse
Welcome to Whitehorse, named the Wilderness City, it is nestled on the banks of the famous Yukon River surrounded by mountains and pristine lakes. Tonight enjoy a get acquainted dinner with your tour group.


Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Whitehorse
The capital of the Yukon, Whitehorse, offers a charming inside to the history of the North. We visit the Visitor Centre to learn about the different regions of the Yukon, the SS Klondike-a paddle wheeler ship and the Old Log Church, both restored relics from the Gold Rush days. We also see the world’s longest wooden fish ladder and a Log Skyscraper. To finish with an inspiration of the North we will have a guided tour through the MacBride Museum. We go on an Aurora viewing tour at our custom built Aurora viewing location, far from the lights of the town, so we can experience visual spectacle surrounded by wilderness away from habitation.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3: Whitehorse
We start our day at the interesting Indigenous Cultural Centre situated on the banks of the Yukon River where the Kwanlin Dün First Nation people celebrate their heritage and way of life. Later in the day, we will visit the hot springs, have a chance to see Arctic animals in the native environment and possibly do a gentle snowshoe walk. Depending on the weather, there may be a second opportunity to see the Northern Lights.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4: Whitehorse - Inuvik
This morning we take a flight to Inuvik within the Arctic Circle for a stay at Inuvik’s comfortable Mackenzie Hotel. This afternoon we drive to Aklavik. We will drive on the Mackenzie River ice road, used by ice road truckers, to the Inuit community of Aklavik for a cultural meal with Inuit elders. Highlights of this trip include a spectacular view of the Richardson Mountains along the way as well as a visit to the famous Mad Trapper’s grave site. We will learn about the unique history and culture of this northern community as well as experience a drive on an ‘ice road’. Return to Inuvik. This evening there will be an opportunity to see the Northern Lights.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5: Inuvik - Tuktoyaktuk
Be one of the first to travel on the new Mackenzie Valley Highway from Inuvik to the coastal community of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean. We experience the Northern way of life being surrounded by the stark beauty of the Arctic tundra as we visit a herd of 3000 reindeer on our drive to Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean. Night falls and the spring Arctic sun gives way to a cosy evening as we bundle into the warmth of our B&B located in this northern community. Enjoy local cuisine and cultural activities shared by your Inuvialuit host as part of this authentic Arctic experience. The experience continues as the potential for viewing the magnificence of the Aurora Borealis late night as we look skyward with our breath dancing in the cold air.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6: Tuktoyaktuk - Inuvik
We wake up in Tuktoyaktuk and after seeing the vastness of the frozen Beaufort Sea, we try our skills at igloo building. After lunch in Tuktoyaktuk, we head back south down the brand new Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway to Inuvik. After checking into the comfort of Inuvik’s Mackenzie Hotel, we head out to witness the Opening Ceremony of Inuvik’s springtime Muskrat Jamboree festival. The Muskrat Jamboree is a community celebration that is older than the town of Inuvik itself and a must-see for those looking for an authentic glimpse of life in Canada’s Western Arctic. We will have dinner with an Inuit family, and enjoy time with elders listening to folk tales handed down through generations. There will be time for Northern Lights viewing this evening.


Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7: Inuvik
We will take a drive-tour of Inuvik town this morning before witnessing events at the Muskrat Jamboree where the action gets going only around lunchtime. This evening you will have another opportunity to witness the magic of the Aurora Borealis, so keep your cameras ready.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8: Inuvik - Whitehorse
We have the morning free to explore this northern community before boarding our mid-day flight back to Whitehorse and then connecting onwards to home.


Meals: Breakfast



Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with Air Canada
  • Airport taxes
  • 7 nights accommodation at chosen hotels as per itinerary
  • 1 Pre - night and 1 Post - night in Vancouver
  • Tours and Activities as per itinerary
  • Services of a professional driver - guide
  • Transportation on deluxe motorcoach
  • 16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary