Dempster Highway is One of North America's Top Ten Drives
Dempster Highway Day Tour from Inuvik to the Richardson Mountains
$450 to $600 per person plus GST
Enjoy a full day on the Dempster Highway. Your guide will take you from Inuvik to the Yukon Border for an outstanding view of the Richardson Mountains. You will cross two rivers on the way with a quick stop in Fort McPherson. Total trip will be about 10 hours.
Drive it yourself in your own car or in one of our rentals, or let us drive you there with an interpretive tour guide that will take you on an outstanding tour of the highway.
Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway Day Tour to the Arctic Ocean
$400 per person for 4 people
$595 per person for 2 people
We will drive you from Inuvik to the Arctic Ocean and Tuktoyaktuk and back! This 140 kilometer remote gravel highway is the first ever to link Canada from coast to coast to coast. You will travel over some beautiful Arctic tundra around little lakes and small hills for about 2.5 hours. Once you arrive in Tuk we will give you a village tour and include a stop at the ocean for a dip. You will also receive a nice certificate for going into the ocean. Inuvik airport pick-up and drop-off is included in this tour if you are flying in and heading straight to Tuktoyaktuk and back the same day although we do not recommend squeezing this full day trip into half a day. Tour time: 8 hours
Drive One Way and Fly One Way from Dawson City to Inuvik & Tuktoyaktuk
$2600 per person + GST
Available June, July, August & September
This is a great side trip from Dawson City. Just park your vehicle and come with us. We'll worry about those rock chips that destroy so many windshields and you don't have to be worried about changing flat tires either! Just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. You also will get a lot of information about the highway and the landscape and there will be plenty of photo stops along the way.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel, campground or airport this morning and then you will start your drive up the Dempster Highway. Today you will see the Tombstone and Ogilvie Mountains and continue on to Eagle Plains, the half-way point on the Dempster Highway where you will spend the night. There will be time to stop and take pictures at inspiring view points periodically during the drive.
Now you will travel on to the Arctic Circle Crossing where you will have the chance to walk around and take some pictures at the sign with a spectacular backdrop of the mountains. We will spend most of our time in the beautiful Richardson Mountains looking for wildlife and taking in the spectacular scenery of this wild and remote wilderness. We will cross the Peel river and the Mackenzie river by ferry boat. You will continue your drive on to Inuvik where you will spend the next 3 nights in a comfortable full-service cabin unit.
Today we will drive you on the new Inuvik to Tuk Highway all the way to the Arctic Ocean. In Tuk you will get a tour of the Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk.
Today you will fly across the Mackenzie Delta to the little village of Aklavik and back. You can also add on a City tour for $75 per person.
This morning you can get a shuttle or take a courtesy car into town for some shopping before your airport transfer and flight back to Dawson City.
Your itinerary could change by one day so please consider that when booking other connecting flights. The flight from Inuvik arrives in Dawson City usually at about 1 pm on Saturday.
Fly one way/Drive one way 6-day
Yukon/NWT Package Tour
*Group discounts for 10 or more people
$3,100 per person plus GST.
This package offers you the opportunity to see the remote and wild countryside from Whitehorse all the way north to the Arctic Ocean. You will travel on the North Klondike Highway, the Dempster Highway and on the new Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk highway. In Dawson City you get a tour of this charming unique town.
Olav will pick you up at your hotel in Whitehorse at about 9 am. Make sure you have a lunch ready. You will start your drive up the North Klondike Highway from Whitehorse to Dawson City through a wild remote landscape. You will get a tour of Dawson City and and have a chance to do some gold panning. You will spend the night in a hotel in Dawson.
Olav will pick you up at your hotel and he will take you to the market where you can get fresh buns and sandwich fixings for your lunch.
Today you will start your drive up the Dempster Highway where you will see the Tombstone and Ogilvie Mountains and continue on to Eagle Plains, the half-way point on the Dempster Highway. You will spend the night there. There will be time to stop and take pictures at inspiring view points periodically during the drive.
Today you will travel on to the Arctic Circle Crossing where you will have the chance to walk around and take some pictures at the sign with a spectacular backdrop of the mountains. We will spend most of our time in the beautiful Richardson Mountains looking for wildlife and taking in the spectacular scenery of this wild and remote wilderness. We will drop down into the Mackenzie River Delta and cross the Peel river and the Mackenzie river by ferry boat. You will continue your drive on to Inuvik where you will spend the next 5 nights in a cabin with a kitchenette.
Today we will drive you on the new Inuvik to Tuk Highway all the way to the Arctic Ocean. In Tuktoyaktuk you will get a tour of this interesting little Inuvialuit village.
Enjoy a spectacular short flight across the Mackenzie Delta to the little village of Aklavik.
This morning you can get a shuttle or take a courtesy car into town for shopping and prepare to fly back to Whitehorse.
Your itinerary could change by one day so please consider that when booking other connecting flights. The flight from Inuvik arrives in Dawson City usually at about 1 pm on Fridays.
Two-day Dempster Highway road trip
Hotel at Eagle Plains on the Dempster
Mackenzie Delta flight
Day trip to Tuktoyaktuk on the new highway
Village tour of Tuk
Accommodations - 3 nights at the Arctic Chalet in a full-service cabin unit
Transportation to and from restaurants in town and/or a courtesy vehicle
Your flight from Inuvik back to Dawson City
Dog Mushing & Kennel Tour
offered daily except Saturdays
8:30 to 9:30 am (usually)
$45 per person or
$20 if you are a guest at the Arctic Chalet
Morning runs with a kennel tour start at 8:30 am and finish at about 9:30 am. Tour starts at the Arctic Chalet and is open to anyone that would like to come along although Chalet guests get a good discount! You will be riding in one of our 2 side-by-side ATV Quads while 8 huskies are running ahead hooked up to the ATV. All seats are comfortable and have seat belts and we can take 3 people plus driver on each ATV. This is how we exercise our huskies almost every morning (or sometimes in the afternoon if it's a cool day,) so why not come along and watch the show! This is also a great photo opportunity so be sure to bring your camera. After the run you will get to visit our kennels and meet all the dogs. Our dogs are friendly and affectionate. Just call us the night before to book your spot and come to the Arctic Chalet office at 25 Carn Street the next morning.
Hikes From Inuvik
Grand View Hike
Hike with us and a white husky on a public trail up to some cliffs for a great view overlooking a large lake and forests. Travel by car 40 minutes to the trail head.
Tour is 3 hours - includes some nice photo stops. Bring a lunch along.
$75-100 per person
Short Guided Hike to Grassy Lake from the Arctic Chalet
Nice easy trail to walk through indigenous flora typical of this area.
30-45 minutes - 1 kilometer each way $50 per person
Guided hike in the Richardson Mountains
Full-day Trip on the Dempster Highway with a 3-4 hr hike included. Rugged and beautiful. We can also possibly meet you at Eagle Plains for a short hike in the mountains or a full day of hiking. Call for price.
2 hour tour of Inuvik
$75-100 per person
This is probably the most interesting city tour you will ever take (that's what people tell us). Inuvik is unique and special in that the whole town is built totally on permafrost. On this tour you get a lot of information from your guide about the people, the land, aboriginal land claim agreements, the climate, building methods, the water, heat and sewer systems that make such a town work in this extreme environment, and much more. You can drive around yourself but you will not understand a lot of what you are seeing. This tour is highly informative.
Scenic Delta Flight (Most popular flight)
$350 per person plus GST
Take a short flight over the amazing Mackenzie River Delta and see what really makes up this spectacular place. The plane will land in Aklavik for a short stop and you have 15-30 minutes, or sometimes up to 1 hour on the ground, if we have a larger group. Then you fly back to Inuvik. See exactly what makes up this large river delta. You will be amazed! Tour time is 1 to 2 Hours. Minimum is just 1 person!
The Traditional Flying Tuk Tour (fly both ways)
On this tour you get your flight to Tuk and back and the two-hour ground tour of the village described on this page. Total tour time is 4 hours.
$585 per person for 3-5 people
The Cultural Tuk Flying Tour (fly both ways)
This one gives you one extra hour in Tuk with your guide for a visit to her home to eat a traditional meal. This meal includes an authentic Inuvialuit caribou soup with fresh bannock and a chance to sample other meats such as muskox, fish and whale prepared using traditional methods. Your guide will show you furs and talk about traditional clothing used by the Inuit for centuries.
Price is $725 per person
Fly one way and Drive one way.
Our flying tours give you a scenic flight and the best ground tour ever in Tuk. Our guide doesn't just talk about Inuvialuit traditions, she lives them and will share her knowledge with you.
Here is what you can expect:
Your guide will meet you at the Tuk airport and give you a driving tour of the village. You will see North America's largest Pingo, Ibyuk, the Pingo Canadian Landmark. This tour includes visiting a replica of an authentic sod house, seeing the old mission boat, the little picturesque churches near the shore, the Trans-Canada sign and the welcome sign to Tuk where you can get your picture taken. You can also get a photo of yourself by the Arctic Ocean sign. The highlight will be dipping your toe, feet or whole body into the Arctic Ocean for which you get a certificate. Your guide will also show you her smoke house on the shoreline as well as her traditional tent where her husband will show you the polar bear pants which he wore on many hunting trips. You will see other clothing made from traditional furs and see antlers and horns from animals that they harvested out on the land. Then your driver will drive you back to Inuvik on the new Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk highway. There will be interpretive stops along the way and some great photo opportunities on the Arctic Tundra.
Sorry, but unfortunately, the ice house in Tuk has been closed to all tourists, most likely due to liability issues for the hamlet. So do not expect to visit the underground ice house on any visit to Tuk. Some web sites have not been updated with this information.
Flying Tour to HERSCHEL ISLAND in a Twin Otter
Spectacular flight! Spectacular place!
$1,050 per person plus GST (5%)
July & August
Herschel Island is a Yukon Territorial Park located in the Arctic Ocean only a few kilometers north of Ivvavik National Park and the beautiful British Mountains. This tour is the ultimate Arctic tour if you love nature, history and remote places! July is the best time for observing flowers and birds. You will be flying a very scenic route for about 1.5 hours each way in a twin otter airplane on tundra tires from Inuvik to this beautiful little island in the Beaufort Sea. This flight offers you a great opportunity to view a variety of wild life along the way, such as moose feeding in the Mackenzie Delta, caribou grazing near the coast, beluga whales swimming in the ocean as well as grizzly bears and even muskox, some of which have been living right on the Island for several summers. Upon landing you will be met by the park rangers who will give you a brief tour of the historical buildings reminiscent of the days when Herschel Island was a center for hunting the bow head whales. This is not only a place of historical value; it is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. The bird life is incredible with many birds nesting close to the buildings in early summer. Plants and wildflowers grow lusciously in this special environment which is conducive to plant growth. You will be given 3-4 hours to explore the island before returning to Inuvik. All in all the tour is about 7 hours. Group size is 6-15 people. We can add you to our ongoing list of HERSCHEL ISLAND dreamers!
You don't have to have 6 people in your group but the more the better the chance of this tour flying.
Please call us! 1-867-777-3535
*Cultural Home Visit for self-drives
$165 per person
This is a 2-hour tour that includes a traditional lunch of reindeer soup, bannock, do-nuts, fresh fish in summer, tea, coffee & water. Samples of Muktuk (whale meat) & dry meat will also be available. Included in this home visit you will get to see Inuit clothing such as dress parkas, mukluks & mittens made from wolf, caribou, seal skin and rabbit fur. Guests can also get pictures taken of themselves modelling Inuit clothing.
2-hour Tuk Community Tour for Self-drives
$80 per person
This is an interesting 2 hr van tour of this small Arctic Ocean village and includes dipping into the ocean and getting a certificate!
1-hour Traditional Lunch
$70 per person
Full 4-hour Cultural Tuk Tour for self-drives
$330 per person
This tour gives you the most complete cultural experience in Tuk. When you arrive in Tuktoyaktuk you will meet your aboriginal guide who will give you a grand 2-hour tour of the village plus a 2-hour home visit with a traditional meal of reindeer soup, bannock, do-nuts, fresh fish in summer, tea, coffee & water. Samples of Muktuk (whale meat) & dry meat will also be available. Included in this home visit you will get to see Inuit clothing such as dress parkas, mukluks & mittens made from wolf, caribou, seal skin and rabbit fur. Guests can also get pictures taken of themselves modelling Inuit clothing.
NOTE: These tours are based on 2 people taking the tour.
Discounts available for larger groups
Cultural Tuk Package with Accommodations
$475 per person plus GST for couples
2 hr. village tour of Tuktoyaktuk plus
2 hr. Home visit with an Inuit Family for lunch +
Inuit clothing demonstration
Lunch includes reindeer soup, fresh fish ( in summer ), bannock, do-nuts, tea, coffee, water, samples of muktuk + dry meat ( if available )
Inuit Clothing demonstration that includes hunting and dress parkas, mukluks + mittens, made from wolf, caribou, sealskin + rabbit fur. Guests will have opportunity to model the Inuit clothing and take photos.
Guests can have a discussion with hosts about the Inuit Lifestyle of hunting, trapping + fishing PLUS living in Tuktoyaktuk PLUS wildlife in the area.
Accommodations in the home of an Inuit Family or
in a separate 2 or 3 bedroom unit
1 or 2 washrooms c/w bath + shower
Sat. TV in living rooms (No TV in the bed rooms)
Internet is available
Two-hour Arctic Ocean Boat Tour to look for Beluga Whales in July with an experienced and reputable outfitter.
$165 per person Minimum 2 People
Two-hour Boat Tour to the Pingos
This tour includes getting close to some of the pingos and climbing up to the top of them to get a good view and look for wildlife.
$165 per person Minimum 2 People
Fishing tours by boat are also available for $95 per person per hour
Summer and Winter
Pay when you book your tour
90 days ahead of tour: Full refund
90 – 61 days ahead of tour: 75% Refund
60 – 30 days ahead of tour: 50% Refund
30 or fewer days before tour start: No refund
If weather prohibits a tour from going we will try to substitute this tour for another one of similar value or rearrange the tour schedule.