Flying Tour to HERSCHEL ISLAND in a Twin Otter

Spectacular flight - Spectacular place!
$1150 per person plus GST (5%)

Minimum/Maximum 6-15  people
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 are given 2-3 hours to explore the island before returning to Inuvik.  All in all the tour is about 5-6 hours.  Group size is 6-15 people.  Price is subject to change.

The Traditional Flying Tuk Tour
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 Tour
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

Flying Tours to Tuktoyaktuk


Our flying tours give you a scenic flight and the best ground tour ever in Tuk. Our guide is very special because her permanent residence is still out there on the land.  She doesn't just talk about Inuvialuit traditions, she lives them and will share her knowledge with you.


Here is what you can expect on both tours that we offer:

Your guide will meet you at the Tuk airport and give you a driving tour of the village.  This includes visiting a replica of an authentic sod house, seeing the old mission boat, the little picturesque churches, the Trans-Canada sign and the welcome sign to Tuk where you can get your picture taken.  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.  


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.


Important Notes  & Cancellation Policy for Our Flying Tours

  • Flying tours may be delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical issues or other factors. 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.
  • 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 are not allowed to book  the airplane until the day before your tour.  If a particular plane is not available we will try to make alternate arrangements for your flight.  
  • 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.
  • Our cancellation policy is 24 hours before the scheduled flight time.
  • 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!

2018  Dempster Highway 5-day Tour Package

Dawson City to the Arctic Ocean Escape!  (Popular side trip from Dawson.  Just park and come with us!)

Summer Tour Package $2600 + GST

Itinerary
Monday
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.

Tuesday
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.
Wednesday
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 and you can add on a traditional lunch in a Inuvialuit  home.  This meal includes caribou or reindeer soup and bannock and also samples of muskox, whale, smoked fish etc.
Thursday
Today you will fly across the Mackenzie Delta to the little village of Aklavik and back.

Friday
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.

What’s included in this 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
  • A traditional meal served in a native home
  • 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:

  • Most of your meals
  • Travel insurance


Important Notes for Dempster Tour Packages:

  • These packages are  based on two 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.
  • An $1050 non-refundable credit card deposit is required per person at the time of booking, and the balance is due 30 days ahead.
  • Tour groups range from 4-9 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 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 extra accommodations in Inuvik, 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.


Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway Day Tour to the Arctic Ocean
$400 per person for 4 people

$550 per person for 2 people


Inuvik airport pick-up and drop-off is included in this tour if you are flying in and heading straight to Tuktoyaktuk.  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 the opportunity to add on a visit to an Inuvialuit family for lunch.  Enjoy an authentic culinary experience with traditional caribou or reindeer soup and fresh bannock as well as samples of various meats that have formed the diet of the Inuit of this area for centuries.
Tour time:  8 hours


Traditional Lunch in Tukin an Inuvialuit home for your Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway Self-drive to the Arctic Ocean.

$95 per person plus GST


Full Cultural Tuk Tour with Lunch (for self-drives)

$150 per person plus GST

Once you arrive in Tuktoyaktuk you will meet your aboriginal guide who will give you a tour of the village plus a home visit with a traditional meal as described above.  2-3 hours   Touch the Arctic Ocean Certificate is included!


Short Tuk Community Tour (for self-drives)

$100 per person plus GST 

Meet our native guide in Tuk and take a 2 hr tour of the village.

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HERSCHEL ISLAND

Day Trips


Dempster Highway Day Tourfrom Inuvik

$685 per person

Enjoy a full day on the Dempster Highway.  Your guide will take you from Inuvik  to the Arctic Circle Crossing in the Yukon for an outstanding view of the Richardson Mountains.  You will cross two rivers on the way and spend the last hour of this 5 hour drive in the mountains before reaching the Arctic Circle.  Total trip will be about 10 hours. 

Explore the Dempster, Explore the New Highway, Explore by Air or by Boat or with a Dog Team!   Our awesome summer is here!     


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Arctic Adventure Tours


Scenic Delta Flight

$350 per person plus GST

Take a short flight over the amazing Mackenzie River Delta from Inuvik to Aklavik

and back. 

Arctic Ocean Boat Tour

$250 per person plus GST

Minimum of 4 people required.  (We can add you to an ongoing list of other people that are interested in this tour.)


Take a one-hour boat tour up the coast or around  the bay area of Tuktoyaktuk.  In July you may have the opportunity to see the Beluga whales as they are traveling through the area.  This tour leaves from Tuk and is about 1 hour long.  We recommend this tour over boating all the way to Tuk from Inuvik.




Summer Fun with the Arctic White Huskies
Dog Mushing & Kennel Tour offered daily except Saturdays
$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 ATVs while 8 huskies are running ahead hooked up to the ATV.  All seats 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 that got left behind on your tour!  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. 



Dempster Highway Road Trips


Fly one way and drive one way with us from Whitehorse or Dawson City to Inuvik & on to Tuktoyaktuk and the Beaufort Sea.  Pick your dates. This package gives you a Dempster road trip to Inuvik plus a drive all the way to the Arctic Ocean on the new highway! Let us give you a trip of a lifetime without you having to worry about getting rock chips in your windshield or having to fix flat tires along the road. You will also understand more about what you see with our experienced guide and interpreter.  All you have to do is sit back and relax and enjoy this amazing drive!

The land along the Dempster is a pristine wilderness almost entirely unspoiled by mankind and presents itself almost fresh from the hand of the Creator.  No wonder this drive is rated as one of North America's top ten drives!  The Dempster is 736 kilometres from the Klondike gold fields in the Yukon to Inuvik on the edge of the Mackenzie Delta in the Northwest Territories.  As Canada's most northern public highway it feels more like a very scenic back country road that stretches from the Yukon to Inuvik above the Arctic Circle.  The Dempster highway will take you through three spectacular mountain ranges, to the Arctic Circle, and across two rivers in the Mackenzie Delta. You will stop briefly in Fort McPherson before reaching Inuvik. From Inuvik you will continue your 140 kilometer journey the next day on the new Inuvik to Tuk Highway across beautiful wild Tundra to the remote Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk.  In Tuk you will get a driving tour of the village with a stop at the beach for a dip in the Arctic Ocean including a certificate to prove it!  You can also add on a traditional lunch in a native home.  We have our own dedicated Inuvialuit guide who lives in Tuktoyaktuk for the summer months but still has her permanent address out on the land in a remote area where she and her husband have been hunting and trapping for a living for many years.


Summer Road Trips Planned for 2018

You can sign up to join one of these tours now.  Please inquire about trip details.

July 15 - 20

August 14 - 17

August 20 - 24

August 27-31



Dempster Highway Grand Tour from Whitehorse to the Arctic Ocean!

Fly one way/Drive one way 6-day Yukon/NWT Package Tour - July 15-20, 2018.  Other dates may be also available.

$3,290 per person plus GST.  Group discounts are available.


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.


This tour includes a chance to extend your stay and attend the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik


Itinerary
Sunday July 15
Olav will pick you up at your hotel (you need to book that at 9 am and 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 July 16
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 July 17
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 July 18
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 and you can add on a traditional lunch in a Inuvialuit  home.  This meal includes caribou or reindeer soup and bannock and also samples of muskox, whale, smoked fish etc.


Thursday July 19
Today you will take a short flight across the Mackenzie Delta to the little village of Aklavik.

Friday July 20
This morning you can get a shuttle or take a courtesy car into town for shopping. Today you fly back to Whitehorse or add on 2 extra nights for $160 per person.  If you do this you can attend the opening ceremonies of the Arts Festival and get 2 extra days in Inuvik.  We will shuttle you there or provide a courtesy car.


Saturday July 21 (optional)
Spend the day at the Arts Festival  with a courtesy car.


Sunday July 22 (Optional)

Check out of your cabin We will shuttle you to the airport for your flight back to Whitehorse.

*2 extra nights accommodations will be $160 per person extra in a shared cabin.