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Northwest Territories

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Yukon: Aurora Borealis Evening Viewing Tour

1. Yukon: Aurora Borealis Evening Viewing Tour

Be collected from the Whitehorse hotel and board a comfortable warm minibus to begin your scenic trek out of the city. Your guide will drive you directly to a custom-built viewing location, which is equipped with restrooms. On arrival, immerse yourself in the quiet natural landscape and gaze at the unbelievable colors of the aurora borealis. This is one of the most sought-after Northern experiences, a Yukon winter vacation is only complete by viewing the aurora borealis cascading across the night sky. A chemical light reaction caused when solar energy interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere, producing dramatic dancing waves of green light from one horizon to another. The Northern Lights have captivated viewers since the beginning of time, as evidenced by the many Yukon First Nation legends they have inspired.  As you listen to your guide explain how and why the northern lights are formed in this area of the Yukon, warm up with hot drinks and refuel with complimentary snacks. Rest assured that your guide is there for technical photography assistance as you snap photographs over the course of the evening. Relax or doze off on the ride back to Whitehorse, where the tour ends at the doorstep of your accommodation.

Kluane National Park: Full Day Tour

2. Kluane National Park: Full Day Tour

Visit the magnificent Kluane National Park, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Admire the scenic Kathleen Lake and enjoy a short hike at the Rock Glacier where you can witness the magnificent views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. The hike will be followed by a visit to the historic indigenous Klukshu Village, for the chance to see wild salmon reaching their spawning grounds. In Haines Junction, make a stop at the Da Kų Cultural Center to learn more about the rich history of the Kluane National Park. Take the option to join a sightseeing flight above the second largest ice field on earth.

Jasper: Private Helicopter Tour in the Rocky Mountains

3. Jasper: Private Helicopter Tour in the Rocky Mountains

Meet your local pilot and private helicopter at the Jasper Hinton Airport. From here discuss your preferred tour route, with consideration given to current weather conditions, allotted time and your comfort level. All passengers will be given a thorough safety briefing and plenty of time for photos with the helicopter. Passengers will then board the aircraft and lift off to enjoy spectacular scenery. Headsets will be provided to every passenger to communicate with their pilot- ask questions and learn a little bit about the area. Your pilots live and play here and can't wait to share some favourite spots with you. 20 minute tour- Get into the mountains quickly in our Long Ranger helicopter that takes up to 6 people. A quick zip along a mountain ridge and soar above beautiful local lakes. Perfect for those who are unsure of heights or motion sickness. 30 minute tour- You can choose between a flight along Folding Mountain ridges and then into the alpine peaks towards Miette Hotsprings. Journey north out over Brule lake towards Solomon peak that taunts us from the airport. Or chose to fly in the main valley and take in Jasper Lake and townsite from an incredible angle with the Rocky mountains all around you. 60 minute tour- Our helicopter travels quite fast and can reach many hidden gems and secret spots in one hour. It's best to discuss your route with your local pilot! It doesn't matter the route -amazing scenery and plenty incredible photo opportunities are guaranteed! 2 hour tour- A customized tour just for you and your group. Includes one remote landing. Many pristine lakes or even mountain tops to land at for an incredibly full experience.

Whitehorse: Nighttime Northern Lights Viewing

4. Whitehorse: Nighttime Northern Lights Viewing

Canada’s High North is famous for its nature, its wildlife, endless lands, and above all, the mystical Northern lights. Aurora Borealis provides an astonishing spectacle in these areas, especially during winter. This “Aurora Hunting” tour will take you to numerous vantage points, aiming for a perfect view of the polar lights. Hot tea pops and snacks will be provided for you during this 4-hour tour. If desired, you will receive an introduction to Aurora photography and its beautiful subtleties so that you can take some unforgettable memories of your encounter with the northern lights (tripod required). You'll be picked up from the meeting point at 10:30 PM, leaving the city’s light-polluted sky behind and heading towards the northern lights. To ensure the best chances of gazing at Aurora Borealis, you won't travel to one pre-determined location, but instead will visit several different vantage points. You'll arrive back at in the city at around 2:30 AM.

Arctic Day: Wildlife & Hot Springs | Half Day

5. Arctic Day: Wildlife & Hot Springs | Half Day

After pickup, your tour will take you to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve where you’ll have the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the woodland caribou, Canada lynx, Rocky Mountain elk, mountain goats, Alaska Yukon moose, mule deer, muskoxen, wood bison, two varieties of thinhorn sheep, red foxes, and arctic foxes in habitats suited to each species.  To cap off a great day, your guide will take you to the nearby Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs. The outdoor hot springs pool provides a warm sanctuary amid the cold weather and is a must-do activity while visiting Whitehorse! In Yukon’s Boreal Forest, 25 minutes north-west of Whitehorse, the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs flow out of the Earth’s interior at 385 liters (86 gallons) per minute and 47º Celsius (118º Fahrenheit) year-round. High in calcium, magnesium, and iron, the natural mineral springs lack the sulfurous odor common to many springs and are an amazing place to relax.

Whitehorse: Half-Day Snowshoeing Tour

6. Whitehorse: Half-Day Snowshoeing Tour

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to enjoy the tranquility of the Yukon wilderness and to photograph the stunning Yukon landscape. On this half-day snowshoeing tour, you’ll get to strap on a pair of lightweight modern snowshoes and experience the rugged backcountry just like the gold miners, trappers and fur traders of days gone by. Visit scenic locations in the Whitehorse area backcountry and get the chance to spot wildlife such as spruce grouse, foxes, coyotes and snowshoe hares. Enjoy warm beverage and a snack to round out the day.

Miles Canyon: Self-Guided Nature Tour with Audio Guide

7. Miles Canyon: Self-Guided Nature Tour with Audio Guide

Experience the marvelous beauty of Miles Canyon Trail on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Hike through the trail at your own pace with your audio guide. Walk along the mighty Yukon River, the third-longest river in North America, and marvel at the stunning scenery. You will discover the vibrant wildflowers and plants of the region like Yukon’s official flower, hardy trees, birds, and other wild animals. During your journey, hear the history of the Robert Lowe Suspension Bridge and the importance of Grey Mountain. Explore the remnants of Canyon City as you hear about its history. Know about the discovery of gold in Bonanza Creek and how it led to the Klondike Gold Rush, which shaped the history of the Yukon. Finally, learn about the Sternwheelers and how aviation played a pivotal role in the development of Yukon. Soak in the panoramic views of the mountains and enjoy a fun adventure at one of the most popular places in Whitehorse. Please note this trail is not accessible to everyone as there are steep sections, roots, etc. Check the trail conditions here before booking https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/yukon/yukon-river-trail

From Yellowknife: Guided Kayak Expedition

8. From Yellowknife: Guided Kayak Expedition

Paddle among thousands of remote islands and have the chance to disconnect from the digital world as you paddle through the wide-open water vistas of the North Arm territory under the Aurora Belt. From a paddler’s perspective, the North Arm is a paradise of unexplored islands of glacier carved, Precambrian rock. It’s a wilderness odyssey of narrow channels you’ll navigate with expedition-grade sea kayaks. The numerous channels and bays of the North Arm are an important habitat for breeding birds, and each year attract more than 100,000 northbound migrating waterbirds. You’ll find a stunning variety of birds, such as bald eagles, gulls, terns, ducks, swans and geese. It’s also home to moose, black bears, bison, and wolves. Start your expedition in the morning and head out from the capital city of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. Your shuttle will take you down the road to "Frank's Channel". From there you will launch into Great Slave Lake and begin your 130 kilometers paddle back to Yellowknife. Camping each night on the many islands of the North Arm, you'll make your way around the historic Old Fort Rae towards the spectacular area known as Trout Rock. After a 10 kilometers section of exposed shore, you'll tuck back into the cover of the thousands of islands in the North Arm. Water clarity improves as you paddle east, through the remote and beautiful wilderness of Great Slave Lake. Have a feeling of accomplishment as you paddle back into Yellowknife Bay. The colorful houseboats and your shuttle will meet you at the main dock. After hot showers, the group will all meet for dinner, cold beer, and final farewells!

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Christie was an amazing guide and a wonderful young lady. She was so personable and very informative with personal stories and experiences. Loved this girl. Her young age has no bearing on her excellent service and company.

The snowy landscape on the banks of the Yukon River is wonderful. It seems to me a beautiful experience.

Pilot was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and friendly highly recommended tour for everyone.

Pilot Kristie was nice and professional, kids did have excellent experience.

Great sites and wonder tour guide. Kei Ito was the best.