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This tour will give students an in-depth look at northern culture while learning the rich history that comes with it in addition to taking in some of the most beautiful and remote landscapes in the world! See Whitehorse, Yukon's capital with an educational tour of the area and see the historic town of Dawson City to learn about the rich gold mining history that created it. Camp in Tombstone National Park, one of the most visually beautiful places in the world, drive the famous Dempster Highway, camp at a traditional Inuit whaling camp along the Arctic Ocean, see the most northern town in the Western Arctic, and immerse yourself in the Inuit and Gwich’in Culture!
Here, your students will be able to have a mix of a hotel stay and camping in two territories across northern Canada. The camping will take place in Tombstone National Park, the Arctic Tundra, and at a traditional whaling camp along the Arctic Ocean while the hotels provided are as follows:
Located in Whitehorse, Best Western Gold Rush Inn is minutes from MacBride Museum of Yukon History and close to S.S. Klondike National Historic Site. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. You can make yourself at home in one of the 99 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves.
Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps will you be connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. The rooms are equipped with private bathrooms with shower / tub combinations, featuring complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include coffee / tea makers, irons / ironing boards, and housekeeping which is provided daily.
The Triple J was opened in 1974 with six cabins built by three long-time residents of Dawson City. It has been expanded to the present complex of 62 rooms - cabin and hotel rooms, an 80-seat restaurant, and a 56-seat lounge with an outdoor patio. Parking is available on site. It is a conveniently located hotel in downtown Dawson City, Yukon, home of the famous Klondike Gold Rush. It is also directly across the street from Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino, two blocks from the Palace Grand Theatre, walking distance to all Dawson City has to offer, and a 10-minute drive from the airport.
Dawson City’s newest hotel, a 29 room annex was built in the spring of 2013. Equipped with modern amenities, queen beds, and air conditioning. There are also 22 renovated cabins which all have kitchenettes and offer a taste of northern hospitality, large front porches to lounge, and ample parking. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the entire property and all room types. Air conditioning is available with all room types as well.
Centrally located, the Mackenzie Hotel is Inuvik's only full-service hotel and Inuvik's Executive Choice. Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, they offer a wide range of lavishly appointed rooms and suites, guest services, and amenities that - combined with their special touch of northern hospitality - will have you looking forward to your next visit.
Eagle Plains Hotel is an oasis in the wilderness. It is located midway between Dawson City and Inuvik. The Eagle Plains Hotel features 32 clean and comfortable hotel rooms, quiet and attractive licensed dining room, a relaxing lounge with a friendly atmosphere, conference room (accommodates up to 40 people), service station and garage including helicopter fueling service, abundant nature activities including wilderness hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, rock-hounding and river expeditions, conveniently located landing strips for personal aircraft, as well as a souvenir and gift shop.
You will arrive at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY) where you will be greeted by your Inuvialuit guide and driven to your hotel room to check-in and leave your luggage. From here, you will travel to Miles Canyon, a massive canyon based just out of Whitehorse where you will explore and learn about this unique site before you are taken to the renowned Beringia Museum in Whitehorse.
At the museum, you will learn about the rich history of Beringia and the "land bridge" that used to connect North America and Siberia. After this most interesting museum tour, you will head out to enjoy a dinner in downtown Whitehorse before being taken to settle into your hotel for the evening.
You will wake up and enjoy a hearty breakfast and hot coffee or tea. After breakfast. you will be departing on the drive to Dawson City and upon arrival to this historical town, the group will enjoy lunch before going on an exciting town tour. Get your imagination ready and your camera handy as you travel back into the days of the Gold Rush, where this city was once booming with "claims", with riches, with hopefuls as it was a new land of opportunity.
You will walk the old boardwalk streets along the saloon-style buildings and architecture, which play such a huge part in what this famed-era is now remembered for. You will also see the oldest casino in Canada and take a photo at the bar that held the first liquor license in Canada. Both watering holes call Dawson City home. You'll enjoy a dinner and then free time to explore the city before you call it a night.
Get ready for camping! This morning after lunch, the group will depart for Tombstone National Park. During this exciting excursion into the wild, the group will experience towering mountain formations and all the pristine wildlife that comes with stunning park's surroundings. You will also go for a light hike as views along the way are breathtaking must-sees. Please make sure to bring your camera as there is much unique wildlife in the area to see. After an adventure-filled afternoon, you will close out the day with dinner and enjoy time around a crackling campfire.
You will wake up to the fresh morning air in Tombstone National Park. You may want to enjoy your hearty breakfast and hot coffee because it's time to continue on to the next camp. During this exciting day, you will be leaving the towering mountains and forested areas, and venturing into the majesty of the rolling hills in the Arctic Tundra.
Tonight, you will be camping in the Richardson Mountains just off the Dempster Highway. This is another thrilling opportunity to view an unparalleled variety of wildlife such as grizzly bears, black bears, caribou, the arctic hare, red foxes, dull sheep, and birds of all kinds. The Arctic Tundra is one of the most unique landscapes on the planet, and with it comes wildlife just as unique and exciting. Please keep your camera handy for these memories will last a lifetime.
You will greet another fresh-air morning with your breakfast and hot coffee. After morning breakfast, the group will pack up and venture up the Dempster Highway, as you cross over the Northwest Territories and Yukon Border to your destination, Inuvik. Here, you will be taken to your hotel to drop off your belongings before heading off to see the largest and most northern greenhouse in the world.
You will then experience a cultural dinner where you will receive the opportunity to try local Inuvialuit cuisine, to see historical artifacts from throughout the Mackenzie Delta, and to try on traditional clothing. During this exciting dinner and evening, you will hear stories from your local Inuvialuit guide and will learn more about both the history and the current ways of life for Inuvialuit people who have lived here for generations. After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel for the evening.
You will wake up, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and get ready to experience an exciting, full day in the town of Inuvik. Here, your time will be filled with cultural workshops, town tours, a sled-dog kennel tour, and you'll have some free time to explore the town and the rich culture and history behind it. You will be staying in the same hotel room this evening.
You will wake up and enjoy your breakfast because today is going to be busy and exciting. You will be picked up at your hotel after breakfast and taken to the airport where you will be departing for your flight to Tuktoyaktuk. This is an extraordinary sightseeing tour where you will get to fly low with good visibility as you soar over Inuvik, the Arctic Tundra, and make your way to the Arctic Coastline to arrive in Tuktoyaktuk where you will be greeted by your local Inuvialuit guide.
From here, you will be taken on a two-hour town tour where you will learn about the rich history of this small coastal village which includes visiting a traditional sod house. After learning about the past, you'll learn about a huge part of current Canadian history – the new Tuktoyaktuk highway to connect every coast in Canada.
After your exciting town tour, you will be taken to the harbor where you'll then board your boat for what will be a close to a 45-minute boat ride on the Arctic Ocean. Your destination will be the traditional – and still-active – Inuvialuit whaling camp, where you'll be greeted by an elder who will teach you about the history of the whaling camp and the harvesting of fish and beluga whales. You will also learn to play traditional Inuvialuit games.
This exciting cultural area is where the group will set up tents and camp for the evening. You will be sharing an evening under the sky in this unique and wondrous location, right along the Arctic Ocean.
You will wake up to fresh Arctic Ocean air and enjoy your hearty warm breakfast. The group will then pack up our gear as we get back onto the boat for an epic ride down the second largest delta in the world, the famed Mackenzie Delta, as you head towards Inuvik. This majestic boat tour will take about five hours as you traverse the snake-like channels filled with wildlife and breathtaking arctic landscape. It is another surreal day of sights and scenery and once you arrive in Inuvik, you will be taken to your hotel where you may enjoy free time for the rest of the evening.
On this day, Tundra North Tours will pick you up around early afternoon – depending on your flight time – and shuttle you to the Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport (YEV) where you will catch your departing flight. Though it’s time to say goodbye to your guides, board the plane, and climb into the sky, just remember: you may be leaving the Arctic, but after this trip, the Arctic will never leave you.
Kylik is of Inuvialuit, Gwich'in, and Scandinavian descent. He grew up in Ontario hunting, trapping, and mushing dogs with his father. In 2003 Kylik made a permanent move to Inuvik where he felt a deep connection to his Inuvialuit and Gwich’in roots, his family, the land, and his culture. In 2006 Kylik started Up North Tours (now operating as Tundra North Tours)with the dream of being able to share his love of the Arctic and all it has to offer with visitors from around the world. As a bonus he now spends a large portion of his time out on the land he loves so much!
Noel is of Inuvialuit descent and was raised in both Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik. His Mother and her parents taught him how to travel on the land, and how to hunt and fish along the Arctic coast which he still does to this day. He has a bachelor’s of Science in Outdoor Education, with a minor in Native America Studies at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, USA. There he got to exchange knowledge with the local Annishinabe / Ojibwa tribes, sharing stories, playing traditional games, learning more about the land of the Midwest, and educating people of the Arctic.
Gerry is of Inuvialuit and Gwich’in descent and was born and raised on the vast and virtually untouched Mackenzie Delta. He brings his many years of experience, travel and traditional teaching to his tours. His extensive knowledge of Inuvik and surrounding area, as well as life on the land, makes for some interesting and entertaining storytelling. Gerry is sure to give you the most informational and enjoyable tour in town. He is a one of a kind guide!
This tour will take place in various places in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Canada. You will go to Beringia Museum in Whitehorse, Dawson City, Tombstone National Park, Arctic Tundra, Inuvik, Pingo Landmasses in Tuktoyatuk, Inuvialuit whaling camp, and Mackenzie Delta.
The Dempster Highway is a 737.5 kilometers stretch of dirt road that bodes beautiful views of the Richardson and Ogilvie Mountain Range. The highway joins with the Klondike highway right outside of Dawson City. You can take the highway all the way up to the town of Inuvik, in the Mackenzie Delta, and here’s some good news: they are finally continuing the highway so that you can soon drive up all the way to Canada’s Northern Most settlement, Tuktoyaktuk that borders the Arctic Ocean. Along with this highway, there are countless hiking trails and camping grounds to choose from.
Tombstone Territorial Park bodes beautiful views of the Blackstone Uplands and Ogilvie Mountains. There are several campsites to choose from, such as Grizzly, Divide, and Talus lake backcountry campsites. Each backcountry campground offers tent pads, outhouses, and small cooking platforms. There are 10 tent pads at each of the three lakes.
There are several hikes to choose from around this area, and we recommend spending a few days adventuring around this gorgeous park. One of the great and super accessible hikes to do in Tombstone Territorial Park is the Goldensides hike. Tip: during the summer, there are ranger-led hikes most evenings. You can check the schedule at the Interpretative Centre.
The hike itself is only 3.4 kilometres round-trip – the perfect length for a leisurely hike. It climbs a total of 210 meters and can be done in about 90 minutes. It is suggested that you are taking your time, as this hiking trail is made of loose rocks and shale and can be a bit tricky. If it’s a nice day, don't forget to take your camera so that you can snap some pictures.
The town of Inuvik is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. You will witness the land of the midnight sun and the mesmerizing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, in the beautiful and vast Mackenzie Delta, Inuvik prides itself on being authentic, accessible and amazing, but you will be let to be the judge. Whether you are looking to cross an item off your arctic bucket list, host an unparalleled business meeting, or become a member of our colorful community, the town of Inuvik is ready to welcome you to the Western Arctic and all that it has to offer.
You will be served breakfasts, lunches, and dinners including cultural dinners with local Inuvialuit elders and guides on day five.
Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport
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