Yellowknife is a vibrant, friendly city with a small-town feel. Its name originated from a local Dene tribe once known as the 'Copper Indians' or 'Yellowknife Indians' who traded in tools made from copper. The settlement began with mining origins through the discovery of gold and subsequently expanded in 1991 with the unearthing of diamonds. Located approximately 400 km south of the Arctic Circle, the long clear winter nights from November to April present the best opportunity for shimmering views of the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. Join Frances Litman to experience this cultural gem where nature and community come together in an energetic metropolis.
Price per person land only $2,999 +gst based on two sharing and a minimum of 10 passengers. (Limited to a maximum of 12) Not included: Flights, personal expenses, gst, meals not specified, tipping. Single supplement $650.00.00 Private transfers are available at an additional cost for those not arriving at the same time as the group. Hold your space with a $500.00 non-refundable deposit.
Your package includes:
- Airport meet & greet with transfers
- 4 nights’ accommodations at the Chateau Nova Hotel
- Winter clothing rental for 4 days
- 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- 3 evenings of aurora borealis viewing at 3 separate locations
- City tour
- Cultural tour
- Ice Castle Festival
- Your choice of one optional tour - Dog Sledding, Snowmobiling, Ice-fishing, Ice Falls Hike, or Fat Bike ride.
Day 1: Thursday 07 March
Welcome to Yellowknife, the capital city of the Northwest Territories and the Diamond Capital of North America. Upon arrival at the Yellowknife Airport you will transfer to The Chateau Nova Hotel for your 4-night stay. Your winter clothing will be provided for the duration of the trip. (D)
Day 2: Friday 08 March
After breakfast start your day with a Yellowknife City Tour to learn about its beginnings from gold mining to now as the diamond capital that it is today. Tour Old Town, Downtown, and enjoy the panoramic view from Pilots Monument. After lunch at the Museum Cafe, take a tour of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Enjoy some free time to explore the city.
Dinner tonight is at Aurora Village followed by aurora viewing with your group in a heated private teepee.
Day 3: Saturday 09 March
Enjoy a leisurely morning followed by an exciting afternoon at the Ice Castle Festival on Great Slave Lake. Planned activities today – Dog Sledding, Snowmobiling, Ice-fishing, Ice Falls Hike, or Fat Bike ride. Dinner tonight is at the world-famous Bullock’s Bistro. The evening’s Aurora
viewing is at Adventure Resort with observations from either cabins or heated tents. (B,D)
Day 4: Sunday 10 March
After breakfast enjoy your last full day in Yellowknife. Experience a Cultural Tour this afternoon where you can make your own souvenir mini drum. Tonight is Aurora Hunting. For a more personalized experience, you are taken out to “hunt” for the aurora and when the destination is
reached, you park and view them at their location!
Day 5: Monday 11 March