Western Arctic Explorer
Small group escorted tour to Canada's only road-accessible Arctic! We'll travel many of the North's legendary roads, the Alaska Highway, the North Klondike Highway and Dempster, Canada's only to cross the Arctic Circle. Along the way, we'll visit Dawson City, home of the Klondike Gold Rush, the greatest the world has ever seen. Later, we'll continue north on the famous Dempster Highway, crossing the Arctic Circle as we head to Inuvik. To complete the trip we'll fly to Tuktoyaktuk, an Inuit settlement on the shores of the Arctic Ocean.
Day 1: Arrive Whitehorse After arriving at the airport we'll transfer you to the Hotel in downtown Whitehorse. Meet your guide and the other participants for an information meeting. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Accommodation: Westmark Klondike Inn
Day 2: Whitehorse > Dawson City Start of our adventure trip to the north: We'll drive along the famous Alaska- and Klondike Highways and stop an route to take pictures. See the Five Finger Rapids and cross some of the great northern rivers: Yukon River, Pelly and Stewart River are on our route today. We'll arrive in Dawson City (540 kms) in late afternoon. Walk around town and admire the many old and beautifully restored buildings from over a century ago. Accommodation: Aurora Inn for two nights
Day 3: Dawson City This whole day is dedicated to Dawson City and its Goldrush history. We'll drive the Dome Road to take in the incredible viewpoints encompassing the city, the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike rivers and the vast gold fields. We'll visit Dredge #4, Discovery Claim and an active placer gold mine, where we'll try our luck at panning for gold. In the evening we'll visit Diamond Tooth Gertie's a turn-of-the-century gambling hall that offers roulette, blackjack, slot machines and spectacular Can-Can Shows.
Day 4: Dawson City > Eagle Plains We're off on the road less traveled! We'll leave the last trappings of civilization behind (we are well equipped) and head north on the Dempster Highway. In 1979, the Canadian government built this 800 km (500 miles) gravel highway to open up the oil and gas riches in the Mackenzie Delta. But the real riches are in the unsurpassed views, overwhelming beauty and magnitude of the landscapes. We' will stop at various spots to marvel at the immense landscape and maybe take a walk along an alpine creek, beside a craggy mountain, or in the treeless tundra. We'll make good time on the road despite the gravel surface, crossing several mountain passes to reach Eagle Plains in late afternoon. Here we'll find the only hotel, gas station and repair services along the entire highway. Don't expect a luxury hotel, but practical and clean accommodations that we'll share with highway work crews, exploration camps and worldwide travelers. Accommodation: Eagle Plains Lodge
Day 5: Eagle Plains > Arctic Circle > Inuvik Just a half hour outside of Eagle Plains we'll reach the Arctic Circle Interpretative Display, with panoramic views of the Richardson Mountains. Shortly after, we'll cross in to the Northwest Territories. We may take a hike near the border (optional). Once through the last mountain pass, we'll descend into the seemingly endless Mackenzie River valley. We'll cross the Peel River by government ferry before arriving in Fort McPherson, a small First Nations community. After a visiting the village, we'll continue to the Mackenzie River which we'll also cross by river ferry. Another hour and a half gets us to Inuvik and our room for the next three nights in a charming B&B. Accommodation: Arctic Chalets B&B
Day 6: Inuvik > Tuktoyaktuk > Inuvik This will be another fascinating day! We'll fly by small aircraft to Tuktoyaktuk on the shores of the Beaufort Sea. We'll follow the East Channel of the Mackenzie River and then the coast line of the Arctic Ocean to land in the village. We'll explore the community on foot. In "Tuk", the Inuit (Eskimo) population lives a partly traditional life style with hunting, trapping and fishing but the oil and gas industry is also very evident in and around the town. The town is nicely situated in a sheltered bay on the Beaufort Sea. You can take photos of the old mission ship, cabins, small boats and the many tied up dogs. Our return flight will be over a different route, past the famous Pingos (vegetation covered hills with an ice core) and the lake strewn northern tundra.
Day 7: Inuvik > Whitehorse Before we depart Inuvik for Whitehorse we'll have time to explore the small village and to talk to some of the locals. If at all possible we'll visit some of the local artists where you may see how these objects are made and you may also purchase them. At the airport we will be picked up and transferred to our hotel in downtown Whitehorse. Accommodation: Westmark Klondike Inn
Day 8: Depart Whitehorse After breakfast, you'll take off on your next adventure!
• Airport transfers in Whitehorse and Inuvik • 7 nights accommodation in hotels, lodges and B&B's • All transportation as per itinerary • Entry fees to Dredge #4 and Diamond Tooth Gertie's gambling hall • Placer Gold Mine Tour and panning for gold - you keep what you find! • Sightseeing flight from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk and return • Scheduled flight from Inuvik to Whitehorse • Taxes, fees and licenses
- Experienced driver / guide for the duration of the tour
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Departs 2015: June 14 - 19; July 10 - 17; August 7 - 14; August 21 - 28
2015: June 14 - 19; July 10 - 17; August 7 - 14; August 21 - 28
Booking conditions A minimum of 3 adults is required to operate this tour. Maximum 8 adults. On this tour there is a possibility that there may be last minute changes to the itinerary due to the nature of the excursion. We may experience unforeseen delays due to weather or other reasons. We'll do our best to provide an alternate program of equivalent importance and value, and of a similar nature.
Some meals and hygiene at bush camps do not always meet our high standards. The unique values of the experience however will more than just make up for this. This itinerary can also operate without the 'Tuktoyaktuk excursion'. The price is $5129 per person, twin/double and $6348, single.
A minimum of 3 adults is required to operate this tour. Maximum 8 adults.
On this tour there is a possibility that there may be last minute changes to the itinerary due to the nature of the excursion. We may experience unforeseen delays due to weather or other reasons. We'll do our best to provide an alternate program of equivalent importance and value, and of a similar nature. Some meals and hygiene at bush camps do not always meet our high standards. The unique values of the experience however will more than just make up for this.
This itinerary can also operate without the 'Tuktoyaktuk excursion'. The price is $5129 per person, twin/double and $6348, single.