Dene Cultural Tour in Canada’s North

Story-Telling, Eco-Adventure & the Northern Lights
5 days | Northwest Territories
Explore the Canadian Arctic and the unspoiled views as you venture from your home base of Yellowknife. Your nature based experience is rich in Dene culture and traditions.

Start Price

$1,185 per person*

Duration

5 days

Region

Northwest Territories

Activity Level

Moderate

Availability

May - September

Trip Highlights

Floating Dinner Theatre
Cameron Falls
Yellowknife Tours
Half-Day Paddling Tour
Chateau Nova Yellowknife

Region: Northwest Territories

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Itinerary

Day 1

Flight To: Yellowknife Airport
Car Rental: National Car Rental System, Inc.
Check-In: Chateau Nova Yellowknife

The Chateau Nova Yellowknife is a brand new, full service, conference hotel with great amenities from our fitness centre, steam room and sauna to our Quarry Restaurant and Lounge. We are conveniently located in the Northeast area of downtown, approximately 5km from the Airport with easy access to the Ingraham Trail and Yellowknife Highways. Once here, enjoy the welcoming atmosphere, great amenities and warm customer service. Whether you are staying with us for business or leisure, our hotel has everything that you will need to make your stay in Yellowknife comfortable and relaxing. Enjoy Northern hospitality at its finest. 

Website: NovaHotels.ca/chateau-nova-yellowknife/
Activity: Cameron Falls

4 hours hiking tour to the stunning Cameron Falls and enjoy the scenic forested trails in the true North. Stop and take photos of the breathtaking scenery. Let the nature cleanse your mind and soul. 

Website: Narwal.ca/Spring-And-Summer
Activity: Floating Dinner Theatre

Guests are transported to a scenic location on Yellowknife Bay via 29-foot voyageur canoes. There we will enjoy a traditional meal of soup and bannock complemented by lively entertainment featuring music and dramatic presentations of historic northern events. All ages welcome! Each tour will be different, so plan on joining us several times over the summer. 

Website: Narwal.ca/Spring-And-Summer

Day 2

Activity: Buffalo Viewing Tour

On this 5 hour tour, we will drive the highways of northern Canada and look for North America’s biggest buffalo and other wildlife! You will have a healthy brown bag lunch on the shores of the Great Slave Lake. Our Aboriginal guides will talk about the animals, the birds, and share stories about our culture. We will stop at other spots along the tour and take many cool photos and videos (please provide USB or SD card for video or you can buy our North Star Memory Package). Chances to see wild buffalo is 50%

Website: NorthStarAdventures.ca
Activity: Visit Lady Evelyn Falls

So perfect it seems planned, this road-accessible cascade is just outside the little village of Kakisa. It occurs where the Kakisa River jumps off an ancient coral reef, forming a crescent-shaped, 17-metre-high curtain of spray.

Day 3

Activity: City of Yellowknife Tours

Enjoy the stories of life-long residents who will guide you on this 2 – 2½ hour tour where you will visit some of our favourite highlights including Yellowknife’s Old Town and Pilots Monument. See local art and learn about the history and culture of the people that make this area unique. Continue to new town, to see the Legislative Assembly, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (Museum) and beyond to see how Yellowknife has developed into a modern day city. Seasonal variations to this tour include a drive on the Dettah Ice Road and Yellowknife Bay to see the houseboats and the building of the Snow Castle (typically late December-March). Please let us know any specific areas of interests that you have as we will endeavour to incorporate them into the tour.

Website: MyBackyardTours.com
Activity: Aboriginal Cultural Tour

•Traditional trap demonstration with a fur display & an interactive photoshoot
•Learn how to build a fire inside a teepee/roast marshmallows
•Create your own mini drum to take home with you
•Tea and bannock
•Aboriginal games including leg wrestling, pole push and wood sawing

Website: AuroraTours.net/Village/
Activity: Fishing Tour

Travel Yellowknife Bay and visit historic Wool Bay, and cruise the island-dotted inside passage, the traditional route down the Bay. See Yellowknife and area from the water.

Website: BDene.com/Boating-Tours

Day 4

Activity: Half-Day Paddling Tour

Explore Yellowknife from a different point of view: the water. Your experienced guide will take you paddling around Back Bay and Yellowknife Bay. Get up close and personal with parked house boats and float planes. 

Website: Narwal.ca/Spring-And-Summer

Day 5

Flight To: Calgary International Airport

What's Included

This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:

  • NARWAL Northern Adventures: owned by the Allooloo family (Inuit)

Package includes:

  • Voyageur canoe floating dinner theatre
  • Wilderness canoe trip
  • Aurora viewing
  • Canyon Falls
  • Guided canoe paddling tour
  • Return airfare between Calgary and Yellowknife
  • 4 nights standard accommodation
  • 4 days self drive car rental
  • Comprehensive documentation package including driving directions and stops along the way

* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.

** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.

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