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Travel Our Wild Northern Highways

The Dempster Highway

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.  


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Go All the Way on Our New Highway to the Arctic Ocean!

You can now drive the new Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway connecting Canada coast to coast to coast!

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



For self-drives we also have some great packages available out of Tuk.

Tuktoyaktuk Tours

Popular Dempster Highway Tour Package

2019/2020 Dempster Highway 5-day Tour Package - Dawson

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.


Regular Itinerary


Tuesday

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.


Wednesday

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.


Thursday

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.


Friday

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.


Saturday

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.


Notes:

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.



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6-Day Dempster Package Tour

2019/2020 Dempster Highway Grand Tour from Whitehorse to the Arctic Ocean!

 

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. 

Itinerary

Sunday
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.


Monday
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.


Tuesday
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.


Wednesday
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.


Thursday
Enjoy a spectacular short flight across the Mackenzie Delta to the little village of Aklavik.


Friday
This morning you can get a shuttle or take a courtesy car into town for shopping and prepare to  fly back to Whitehorse. 


Notes:

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. 

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What's included in my Package



6-Day Package

  •  Klondike Highway drive
  • Dawson City Tour
  • Two-day Dempster Highway road trip
  • Hotel in Dawson City and at Eagle Plains 
  • Mackenzie Delta flight 
  • Day trip to Tuktoyaktuk on the new highway
  • Village tour of Tuk
  • Accommodations - 3 nights at the Arctic Chalet in a cabin unit
  • Transportation to and from restaurants  or a courtesy vehicle
  • Airport  shuttles
  • Your flight from Inuvik back to Whitehorse


5-day Package

   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

   Airport  shuttles

   Your flight from Inuvik back to Dawson City


  • What’s NOT included in your package:
  • Your meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Travel insurance
     
  • Important Notes for Dempster Tour Packages:
    These packages are  based on people sharing accommodations in a  standard cabin unit with kitchenette and private bath.  Let us know if  you require 2 beds in your room.
  • The single supplement is $300.
  • Tour groups range from 2-16 people.
  • We can add on your flight from Vancouver or Whitehorse to Dawson City at a pretty good  rate.  If you are flying with Air North to Dawson City make sure you arrive the previous day, not the morning of your tour.   (In the case of morning fog in Dawson which would prevent the plane  from landing you would still have time to take the afternoon flight from  Whitehorse and be ready for your tour the next day.  (Air North will  let you know in Whitehorse on the day of your flight if there is fog in  Dawson City.)
  • If your schedule is delayed in Dawson City due to weather you may  request to extend your package by one day for a fee of $500 to cover  changes in accommodations, transportation in Inuvik and driver fees for  hotel and time lost.
  • If any given tour in this package is not possible due to weather  or unforeseeable circumstances we will do our best to substitute one  activity for another. No refunds will be issued.
  • We highly recommend that you obtain travel insurance in case of a medical emergency
  • Delays on the Dempster might occur if road conditions are poor or  the ferries are unable to run. Please be flexible and patient. We will  do our best to stay on schedule.
  • Check out our Cancellation Policy
     

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Summer Fun with the Arctic White Huskies

Daily Tours Monday through Friday

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.

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Day Hikes

Hiking Tours


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.



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Town of Inuvik

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City Tour

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.

 


 


 

FLYING TOURS

 

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
3-5 people

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. 

Important notice:
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.

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Fly to Herschel Island!

Herschel Island

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

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Flight Policy

Important Notes

 

  • Flying tours may be delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical issues etc. .  Remember, weather rules in the Arctic! You will not pay for the flight if the pilots cancel your flight because of weather etc., unless your tour is part of one of our tour packages.  In this case, no refund will be given, but we will try to substitute this tour for another activity.  
  • The time that your tour starts may change so please be flexible.  
  • You will pay for the flight if your plane takes off with the intention of being able to land at its destination even if it can’t land due to unexpected weather or mechanical issues arising along the way (this is rare). Pilots always check weather before a flight so they can  get there and back under safe flying conditions, but weather can change even during the flight.  
  • Your ground tour in Tuk may be cut short due to approaching weather systems or other problems that may arise which are out of our control.  In this case refunds will not be given and our costs also remain the same.  
  • Try to plan a little extra time into your schedule while traveling in the far north. We suggest that you plan for an extra day in Inuvik to compensate for the possibility of bad flying weather on the day of your tour.  Your flight might be rescheduled for the next day.  
  • We ask you to please call us or stop by the Arctic Chalet the evening before your tour so we can discuss flight details.  
  • The time of departure may change at the last minute.  Make sure we can contact you regarding changes in scheduling.  
  • Tour prices do not include GST (5%)  
  • The price that you agreed to pay will remain the same even if we add more people to your tour at the last minute.  
  • There may be changes to your tour route or to the type of aircraft used or to the flying time.  Remember that we are doing all we can to give you the best tour possible.  
  •  Please be patient, flexible and understanding of varying northern conditions.  We hope that you enjoy your adventure in the north above the Arctic Circle!

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Tuktoyaktuk Day Tours

Cultural Tours

*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

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Tuk Overnight Package

Great Cultural Experience

Cultural Tuk  Package with Accommodations

$475 per person plus GST for couples


Package includes:

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.

Accommodation Details

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




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Boat Tours out of Tuktoyaktuk - July & August

Boat on the Arctic Ocean!

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

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Cancellation Policy